Gamay is getting big in Oregon. The grape, best known for its role in Beaujolais, has found a home in our cooler climate amidst the Pinot and Chardonnay more typically grown here. Gamay is often thought of as a lighter, simpler alternative to Pinot, but it’s very versatile and can produce excellent wines. If it’s not a varietal you’re familiar with (and it should be) then there’s an opportunity on Monday to check out the best of what the state has to offer. A collaboration between Division Winemaking and the folk at Ned Ludd/Elder Hall, I Love Gamay features 20 Oregon producers in a tasting at Elder Hall (it’s a good, varied lineup, featuring Brick House, Bow & Arrow, Grochau and Omero among others). Dinner at Ned Ludd that evening will also feature an all-Oregon Gamay wine list, with the patio open for glass pours and small bites. To round it off, there’s a special dinner on Tuesday, which features rare and vintage Gamay, from chefs Jason French (Ned Ludd) and Cathy Whims (Nostrana).
Monday, May 1 at Elder Hall, 4-7 pm. $35
Dinner, Tuesday, May 2, $125