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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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 The wine list now takes more than 20 seconds to read, and is especially worth exploring for fans of gamay and sparkling wine. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Momofuku Ssam Bar Keeps Evolving Under a Singaporean Chef," 31 Oct. 2017 The pink grenache-gamay noir blend inside this tall, elegant bottle takes its name from Monterey Bay’s currents. Mary Orlin, The Mercury News, "20 great rosé wines to try this summer," 10 June 2017 Passetoutgrains from Burgundy, a blend of pinot noir and gamay, falls into this category. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Your Next Lesson: Thirst Quenchers," 1 June 2017

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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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