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Review: Pierre Savoye ‘Côte du Py’ Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2014

Review: Pierre Savoye ‘Côte du Py’ Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2014

As Beaujolais Nouveau Day rolled around, I hunted for a bottle of cru Beaujolais, something to compare side-by-side with the fresh 2017 vintage Nouveau announced on every wine shop sandwich board. It wasn’t a difficult pursuit; there were at least 15 cru options available, most from tried-and-true producers that have grown more popular each year.

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An Illustrated Guide to Gamay From Beaujolais

An Illustrated Guide to Gamay From Beaujolais

November may be the traditional season for Beaujolais, but this somm favorite is suitable for sipping all year round. Always made from Gamay, Beaujolais got a bad rap for years because of the barely fermented, thin Beaujolais Nouveau. Excellent Beaujolais, particularly from the region’s 10 crus, can maintain its drinkability while being complex, versatile, and […]

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“American Beaujolais”: Homegrown Gamay Wines For Thanksgiving Dinner

“American Beaujolais”: Homegrown Gamay Wines For Thanksgiving Dinner

Beaujolais has long been considered the quintessential Thanksgiving wine, thanks mostly to the young, just-barely-wine Beaujolais Nouveau and a lot of clever marketing in the 1970s. And while these light-bodied, low-tannin reds do pair well with turkey and all of its friends, doesn’t it seem odd that a French wine is the classic pairing for such […]

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Myth Busted: Pinot Noir Is Not The Only Grape That’s Legal For Making Red Wine In Burgundy

Myth Busted: Pinot Noir Is Not The Only Grape That’s Legal For Making Red Wine In Burgundy

Contrary to popular myth, Pinot Noir isn’t the only red grape that’s allowed to be grown in Burgundy. Sure, there’s the Beaujolais region of Burgundy, whose wines are made from Gamay, but we’re talking about Burgundy proper, home of outrageously expensive Pinot. Isn’t there a law that says Pinot Noir is the only red grape […]

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