Second Annual I Love Gamay spotlights under-the-radar varietal with Gamay Master Class and Gamay About Town dinners at top Portland restaurants
PORTLAND, Ore. (May 7, 2018) – Get your tickets now for the Second Annual I Love Gamay wine festival, bringing together adventurous wine lovers and Oregon Gamay producers for events celebrating our favorite under-the-radar varietal. Featuring over 30 producers for Gamay-fueled parties all around town, I Love Gamay is a festival dedicated to sharing, learning, and enjoying the very best Gamay with a focus on those produced in Oregon. Local and west coast producers and wine experts will be on hand to offer up their knowledge on this lesser-known gem. The Nightwood will host a Gamay Tasting Salon on Sunday, May 20th, that introduces people to North American Gamay, as well as some of the best from France. The following evening at Cooper’s Hall will host an educational – but fun – Masters of Gamay Class technical tasting and panel discussion featuring Zachary Sussman of Punch, Doug Tunnell of Brickhouse Wines, renowned sommelier Dana Frank and French importer Aurélien Fiardet. I Love Gamay is a lively way to celebrate the month of May, get your tickets before these events sell out!
Coinciding with Oregon Wine Month in May, join us for a deep dive into the joys of Gamay. Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc, or just Gamay, is a grape varietal grown most notably in Beaujolais and the Loire Valley of France to make red wine. First introduced in 1988 by Amity Vineyards, Oregon Gamay is made in the style of those French regions. Now at least 15 Willamette Valley growers produce Gamay. Light bodied and full of fruit, Gamay goes well with all kinds of food, which makes it a joy to drink.
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I LOVE GAMAY EVENTS:
For the full I Love Gamay schedule, visit: http://www.ilovegamay.com/our- events/
GAMAY MASTER CLASS
Monday May 21st, 2018 | 5-6:30pm | $50
The Masters of Gamay is an exciting opportunity to learn about the Gamay grape’s historical significance in France and its exploding interest in the New World with Oregon being the epicenter. The panel will be moderated by one of our favorite sommeliers, Joel Gunderson of Cooper’s Hall, and will feature a four-member panel discussion and led technical Gamay tasting at Cooper’s Hall. Panelists include Punch wine writer Zachary Sussman, early Oregon Gamay pioneer and famed Biodynamic grower Doug Tunnell of Brickhouse, U.S. brand ambassador of Beaujolais’ Terriors Originels Aurélien Fiardet & well acclaimed Food & Wine Magazine 2015 Sommeliers of the Year Dana Frank.
MASTERS OF GAMAY: PANEL SEMINAR & TECHNICAL TASTING
Sunday May 20th, 2018 | 3pm – 6pm | $35
The Oregon Gamay Tasting Salon will be held at The Nightwood featuring over 25 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 and West Coast celebration dedicated to the love of Gamay. Food available for purchase.
Participating Wineries: Grochau Cellars / Hanson Vineyards / Vincent Wine Company / Duck Pond Cellars / Cooper Mountain Vineyards / Gusty Farm Estate / Ayres / Division Winemaking Co. / Anne Amie Vineyards / Love & Squalor / Craft Wine Company / Stedt Winegrowers / Evening Lands Vineyard / Brickhouse / Chehalem Wines / The Color Collector / Pax Mahle / Edumunds St John / Failla / Omero Cellars / Minimus / Methven Family Vineyards / Hayworth Estates / Bow & Arrow / James Rahn / Yohan Lardy / Lucien Lardy / Pascal Aufranc / Charteau Thivin / Terres Dorees / Kevnin Descombes / Anne- Sophie Dubois / Céline et Nicolas Hirsch / L’Épicurieux / Masion Crochet /Chateau de Grand Pré
GAMAY ABOUT TOWN
St Jack, Tuesday, May 22nd
Little Bird Bistro, Wednesday, May 23rd
Coquine, Thursday, May 24th
The I Love Gamay celebration is partnering with three of Portland’s greatest restaurants for a series of somm collaboration Gamay dinners. From Tuesday through Thursday, St. Jack (Christopher Sky) on May 22nd, Little Bird (Andy Fortgang & Rajat Parr) on May 23rd, Coquine (Ksandek Podbielski & Nate Ready) on May 24th will each host a unique evening of culinary delights and Gamay! Each of these dinners will feature a unique format focused around Oregon and Gamay wines from around the world.
Chef Aaron Barnett will be putting together three Gamay inspired menu additions (guests can order these a la carte or all three as a three-course menu), in addition to our full dinner menu, and Christopher Sky Westmoreland, Restaurant St. Jack’s Wine Director will be offering 3 Gamay wines by the glass or as a flight and a bottle list of 10-15 Gamay wines.
Little Bird Bistro: (SOLD OUT)
On Wednesday May 23 Little Bird, in conjunction with the I LOVE GAMAY festival, will host a special dinner pairing some of the most sought after bottles of Beaujolais we could find with a menu created just to highlight their distinct personalities. For this dinner we are featuring three of Beaujolais’ most revered producers and pouring all the wines from magnum. If you are a lover of Beaujolais you will not want to miss a vertical of Clos de la Roilette’s Cuvée Tardive, 2 different Morgon from Foillard from the great 09 vintage including the old vine 3.14 bottling, and 3 Fleurie from Metras including the ’09 l’Ultime, which is about as rare as Beaujolais gets. In order to carry and pour all these BIG bottles we have enlisted Rajat Parr to co-somm the dinner along with co-owner Andy Fortgang.
In collaboration with Master Sommelier Nate Ready of Hiyu Wine Farm, and the I LOVE GAMAY festival, we’re serving a Gamay centric menu for the table to share. Four courses centered around Spring lamb. A special wine service option will be available as well as by the glass and bottle options focusing on wines from Beaujolais, Oregon and beyond. Katy, Ksandek and Nate have put their heads together to design a menu that is delicious, convivial and plays beautifully with Gamay noir. For parties to share, the menu is $80 per person and will be served in four courses centering around Spring lamb.
Tickets are available via Tock.
Additionally, restaurants around town will be celebrating all week long!
Oui! @ SE Wine Collective : Gamay Flight
Nostrana/Enoteca Nostrana: Gamay Feature
Bistro Agnes: Gamay by the Glass
Les Caves: Month long glass pour of Franck Besson 2016 ‘Granit’ Sparkling Rose of Gamay – and out of MAGNUM the week of I Love Gamay
Sardine Head: Gamay Feature
Olympia Oyster Bar: Gamay 101 event Monday 5/21 with Ian Burrows of Aerea Vitners and Bill hooper of Paetra wines
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. The pioneering urban winery brings together like-minded wineries who are sustainably growing their businesses by offering a venue for commercial custom crush wine production, tastings and events in the bustling area of SE Portland, and is also home to Oui! Wine Bar + Restaurant. The collective is made up of 12 wineries: Division Winemaking Company, Esper Cellars, 51 Weeks, Gersing Cellars, James Rahn Wine Company, Laelaps Wines, Loop de Loop, Ore Winery, Pampleau, Stedt, Statera Cellars, Welsh Family Wines, and while continuing to work as an incubator for future wine brands and budding industry ideas. Currently 20 varieties of grapes are vinified at the Collective ranging from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc to less common Oregon and US produced varieties such as Gamay Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chenin Blanc, and Nebbiolo. The wine bar and restaurant, Oui!, features pours, flights, glasses and bottles from all 12 Collective members plus an extensive list of global wines that inspire the makers, along with draft beer, wines on tap, 2 Wine Clubs, and a creative and seasonal food menu by chef Althea Grey Potter. Wine bottles and growlers of wine and beer are also available for retail purchase to-go. Oui! has received recognition from The Portland Mercury in the article, “Badasses in the Kitchen,” and Eater. In 2016, co-founders Monroe and Norris were named to Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 list of tastemakers. The Collective was listed among the Top 20 Best Wine Bars in America by Wine Enthusiast, one of the 11 Must-Eat Restaurants in Portland by Town & Country Magazine, 10 Best Urban Wineries in USA Today, and Best Wine Bars in The Oregonian. Travel + Leisure called the Collective a must for any wine connoisseur’s Perfect Weekend in Portland, It has also been featured in FOOD & WINE magazine, the New York Times article “Bringing the Wine to Portland, Ore.”, Wine Spectator’s “The New Portland”, Portland Monthly’s article “Meet Portland’s Top Urban Winemakers, and named a favorite place to try new Oregon wines in Willamette Week. Wines produced at the Collective have been mentioned in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. The winery hosts large and small events, wine release parties and winemaker dinners and is available for rent for private parties. Its hours are Mon. 4 – 9 p.m., Wed, Thurs 4 – 10 p.m., Fri. 4 – 11 p.m., Sat. 1 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Sun. 1 p.m. – 9 p.m., or by appointment. The Collective is located at 2425 SE 35th Place, Portland, Oregon 97215. Find more information at www.sewinecollective.com, Facebook SE Wine Collective, Twitter @SEWineColl, Instagram @SEWineCollective or by calling 503-208-2061.
ABOUT THE NIGHTWOOD SOCIETY
Michelle Battista and Kati Reardon, of The Nightwood Society, formed their ‘lady-first’ collective early last year and opened The Nightwood doors in October 2017. The Nightwood is a culinary adventure offering one-of-a-kind experiences in food and drink. The Nightwood is part private event space, part creative incubator, and home to a rotating series of kitchen, wine and creative classes, including butchering instruction through Portland Meat Collective. Even in Portland’s groundbreaking food scene, there’s room for something totally new – immersive dining that creates a sense of community through food and design.The Nightwood curates one-of-a-kind private and public events large and small focused on food and design. The Nightwood is located at 2218 NE Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97232. Find more information at www.thenightwoodsociety.com Facebook: The Nightwood Twitter: @thenightwoodsoc LinkedIn: The Nightwood Society Instagram: @thegnightwoodsociety or by calling 971-236-2267