noun, often capitalized
ga·​may | \ ga-ˈmā How to pronounce gamay (audio) , ˈga-ˌmā \

Definition of gamay

: a light dry red table wine made from the same grape used for French Beaujolais gamay rosé also : the grape

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Recent Examples on the Web GREAT VALUE Domaine Bellevue Touraine Rosé 2019 Loire Valley, $14 This wine is a lovely, exuberant hodgepodge of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, pineau d’Aunis, gamay and malbec. Washington Post, "Warning: This $20 rosé may make you smile from ear to ear," 8 May 2020 Instead of an elbow-to-elbow affair at an event space, attendees are invited to virtually love the gamay noir grape from afar. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "6 Oregon winery events offer virtual fun with food and wine," 12 May 2020 Nonetheless, Steve Edmunds has pioneered modern gamay production in California, making both a red and this rosé, which has been superb year in and year out. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 2018 GREAT VALUE Domaine Carrel Eugène Rosé 2019 Savoie, France, $14 An unusual blend of gamay and mondeuse grapes yields this light, lovely, aromatic rosé. Washington Post, "This deep pink rosé is a favorite — and a steal at $16," 17 Apr. 2020 This texture plus the flavors of red fruits will satisfy lovers of gamay or pinot noir. James Tidwell, Dallas News, "Sommelier says: 6 Southern Italian wines to try at new Dallas pizza spot," 7 Jan. 2020 Leelanau excels in chardonnay and sparkling wine, while Old Mission favors riesling, gamay and cabernet franc. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Fall harvest is the best time to visit wine country. Here are 4 places to get you started," 6 Sep. 2019 But producers also use other varieties grown in the region, such as pinot blanc, aligote, and gamay. Elin Mccoy,, "Forget Prosecco: French Crémants Should Be Your Champagne Alternative," 21 Feb. 2018 This beautiful pink pétillant naturel is made from gamay grapes, bottled before the initial fermentation was completed. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "20 Wines Under $20: Touring the World, Familiar to Obscure," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of gamay

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gamay

borrowed from French, earlier gamet, going back to Middle French gaamez, after Gamay, village in St. Aubin commune (Côte d'Or), France

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“Gamay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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