Let’s just start calling next month…GaMay!
We love Gamay and fell hard for the French grape while working and learning in the varietals native home in the Beaujolais and Loire Valley.
Since our founding of Division Winemaking Co, Gamay Noir has played a major role in our winery and is soon to become our number one in production volume! We proudly (against all odds and early advice) produce six separate Gamay Noir wines: our two Division-Villages wines, three single vineyard Division wines, our annual Nouveau Nouveau, and our Béton blend that is 30% Gamay. That’s American Gamay dedication folks!!!
With the rapid growth of Gamay producers in Oregon over the past few years, it has become the right time to highlight this fantastic varietal to as many people as possible –
We are excited to be a part of the planning of the first annual I Love GaMay wine festival on May 1st and 2nd at Elder Hall in Portland!
Details for the events are noted below and if you would like to attend one or both events, we’re offering these event codes to get you preferred pricing.
Use GAMAYALLDAY to save 10% on your May 1st Tasting Salon Ticket
and ALWAYSGAMAY to save $25 on the highly limited Oregon and Cru Beaujolais Pairing Dinner featuring chefs Jason French and Cathy Whims on May 2nd.
Not only are we giving Gamay its own month, but we have also launched a first of its kind ALL Gamay ALL The Time wine club, CLUB GAMAY, that gives you first and exclusive access to some special Gamay bottlings…
Check out all the particulars below – We hope to share a glass of Gamay with you soon!
Kate & Tom
I ️ GAMAY
It’s time to give Oregon GaMay Noir its due. I Love Gamay wine festival is a first of its kind event that brings together adventurous wine lovers and Oregon Gamay producers for a great excuse to throw a party celebrating our favorite under-the-radar varietal.
Ned Ludd & Elder Hall play host to two days of events that lets you get to know Oregon Gamay including an all Oregon Gamay tasting salon on day one and a multi-course dinner featuring legendary Portland chefs, Jason French and Cathy Whims with some storied local wine veterans on day two. Local producers and wine experts will be on hand to offer up their knowledge on this lesser known gem. Yes, Oregon Pinot Noir has earned its place in wine history, but we want to blow the lid off Oregon’s other noir rouge grape!
For a full list of participating wineries, click HERE.
Details and tickets on sale now below.
GAMAY TASTING SALON AT ELDER HALL
Monday May 1st, 2017 | 4-7pm | $35
Join us for the Oregon Gamay Tasting Salon featuring 20 wineries each pouring tastes of their latest Gamay Noir wines. Trail blazing Oregon wine producers have largely led the domestic growth of Gamay Noir and this will be the first ever celebration dedicated to all Oregon made Gamay.
GAMAY MONDAY AT NED LUDD
Monday May 1st, 2017 | 5-10pm
Monday May 1st Ned Ludd will be featuring Oregon Gamay in the dining room with glass pours from winery participants and special menu items. We are converting the outside patio into a casual wine bar for the attendees of the tasting to mingle, nosh on small plates and drink delicious Gamay selections. No pre-sale tickets or reservations just show up!
GAMAY DINNER | JASON FRENCH + CATHY WHIMS
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 6pm | $125
Join acclaimed Portland chefs Jason French + Cathy Whims for an inspired Gamay Dinner. We’ll be featuring a simple French menu that will be served with wines curated by our event partners at SE Wine Collective. The meal will be served with both rare historic and current vintage Oregon Gamay Noir and French Beaujolais wines side by side. The true flavors of the wine will take center stage. Each course takes inspiration from French Gamay regions while taking advantage of Oregon’s seasonal ingredients. Please note that there only 30 seats available for this very special meal.
Sausages & Oysters
Jambon en Persillade
Braised Endive with Cured Ham & Béchamel
Crayfish and Coastal Sole Roulades + Garlic Butter
Braised Hen, Leeks, Spring Mushrooms, Gamay Sauce
Chocolate Cake, Gamay Sorbet
Briar Rose Lorelei Goat’s Cheese