Date:March 07, 2017

Save the Date for Inaugural I Love Gamay Wine Festival Celebrating Oregon Grown Gamay Noir May 1 – 2, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (March 7, 2017) – Wine lovers have fallen hard over recent years for the deliciously perfect food and all occasion pairable Gamay Noir grape. Trail blazing Oregon wine producers have largely led the domestic growth of Gamay Noir and this year will launch the first ever celebration dedicated to all Oregon grown Gamay Noir. On Monday, May 1st and Tuesday, May 2nd 2017, join 20 producers of Oregon Gamay Noir at Elder Hall in Portland for two days of unique wine events including special tasting events and a finale collaboration dinner with chefs Jason French of Ned Ludd and Cathy Whims of Nostrana.

Most notably grown in Beaujolais and in the Loire Valley in France, Gamay Noir is showing exceptional promise in Oregon’s cooler climate and volcanic soils. Beloved for its delicate, peppery and strawberry-like fruity notes, Gamay Noir makes the perfect wine for both food and casual enjoyment.

The festival was founded by Thomas Monroe and Kate Norris of Division Winemaking Co. and Michelle Battista and Jason French of Ned Ludd & Elder Hall. Using the classic winemaking techniques they learned in Beaujolais and the Loire Valley, the winemaking team of Division Winemaking Co. has been pioneering Gamay Noir in Oregon since 2011, producing several different cuvees from vineyards across the state.

I Love Gamay will take over Elder Hall in Portland, Oregon, hosting nearly all Oregon Gamay Noir producers for a special public tasting salon on Monday, May 1st from 4pm to 7pm. Dinner service that evening at Ned Ludd will feature all Oregon Gamay wines by the glass and special menu items. The outside patio at Ned Ludd will turn into an Oregon Gamay Noir casual wine bar for the evening for attendees of the tasting to mingle, nosh on small bites and drink glass pours too until 10 p.m. Then on Tuesday, May 2nd, the celebration will host a special collaboration dinner between acclaimed chefs Jason French of Ned Ludd and Cathy Whims of Nostrana. The limited seating (30 seats) five-course dinner will be start at 6 p.m. and will be paired with both rare historic and current vintage Oregon Gamay Noir and French Beaujolais wines side by side for each course.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 3rd and will be $35 for the tasting salon and $125 for the dinner. Guests wishing to attend both events can purchase the Gamay Tasting + Dinner ticket package for $150, saving $10. For more information and for purchasing tickets, please visit and follow along using the hashtag #Ilovegamay. Follow along on Facebook:; and on Instagram


Public tasting, Monday, May 1st from 4 – 7 p.m.
Ned Ludd Special Oregon Gamay Noir Restaurant and Wine Bar, Monday, May 1st from 5 to 10 p.m.
Collaboration dinner with Jason French & Cathy Whims, Tuesday, May 2nd at 6 p.m.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 3rd.

The inaugural I Love Gamay celebrates the incredible all-Oregon line up of Gamay wines. For more details and the most up to date information, visit; or follow along on Facebook:; and on Instagram

Direct Ticket Links

Tasting Salon Ticket / $35 –
Collaborative Gamay Dinner / $125 –
Tasting & Dinner Ticket / $150 (SAVE $10) –

About Division Winemaking Company

“Pair with good times, good food and good people” is the philosophy of the Division Winemaking Company, founded in 2010 by Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe. Inspired by the wineries of Loire, Burgundy and the Northern Rhone, the urban winery creates sustainable and unique varietals of minimalist approach Oregon wines including Pinot Noir, Gamay, Chardonnay, Rose, Chenin, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Cot, Syrah, and Grenache. Find more information at, Facebook Division Winemaking Company, Twitter @divisionwineco or by calling 503-208-2061.

About SE Wine Collective

Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe, of Division Winemaking Company, founded the Southeast Wine Collective in 2012 in response to their personal interest in creating a unique multi-faceted urban winery, coupled with increasing public interest in the urban wine movement. Its hours are Mon. 4 – 9 p.m., Wed, Thurs. and Fri. 4 – 10 p.m.; Sat. 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Sun. 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Collective is located at 2425 SE 35th Place, Portland, Oregon 97215. Find more information at, Facebook SE Wine Collective, Twitter @SEWineColl, Instagram @SEWineCollective or by calling 503-208-2061.


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