I Love Gamay Wine Festival coming in May

The table awaits at I Love Gamay May 20-24. Photo courtesy of Cheryl Juetten

The table awaits at I Love Gamay May 20-24. Photo courtesy of Cheryl Juetten

It’s time to give Oregon Gamay Noir its due! I Love Gamay is a first of its kind event that brings together adventurous wine lovers and Oregon Gamay producers as well as a few friends from down south for a great excuse to throw a party celebrating our favorite under-the-radar varietal. The Nightwood will play host to two days of events that lets you get to know North American Gamay, including a Gamay tasting salon on day one and a raucous multi-course dinner party on day two. Local producers and wine experts will be on hand to offer up their knowledge on this lesser known gem. Yes, Oregon Pinot Noir has earned its place in wine history, but we want to blow the lid off Oregon’s other noir rouge grape! Join us in our second year at a host of I Love Gamay events that will be held May 20th through May 23rd.

Courtesy of Cheryl Juetten

Courtesy of Cheryl Juetten

Coinciding with Oregon Wine Month in May, join us for one, two or all of these events and take 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.

For more information and for purchasing tickets, please visit http://www.ilovegamay.com/ and follow along using the hashtag #Ilovegamay. Follow along on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ilovegamay/; and on Instagram @i.love.gamay.




Sunday May 13, 2018 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 2-4 p.m. | $50

Join us at The Nightwood for a special Gamay education by our friends at Sunday School. Intimate and accessible, the class will introduce you to the full range of Gamay’s temperaments (from fun and flirty to buttoned-up seriousness). You’ll taste examples — from both Oregon and the Old World — that show the wine's versatility and character. We’ll tell the story of Gamay’s spectacular rise, fall and rebirth, and you'll also discover why the grape is now gathering a cult of devout followers in the Willamette Valley and beyond. Delicious fare from The Nightwood included.


Sunday May 20, 2018 | 3-6 p.m. |$35

Join us for the Oregon Gamay Tasting Salon at The Nightwood featuring over 20 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 Oregon style celebration dedicated to the love of Gamay. Food available for purchase.


Monday May 21, 2018 | 5-6:30 p.m. |$50

A very special I Love Gamay wine education - celebration moderated by one of our favorite sommeliers, Joel Gunderson of Cooper’s Hall! Joel and a four-member panel will lead a technical Gamay tasting at Cooper’s Hall. Seating very limited.


Monday May 21, 2018 | 7-10 p.m. | $90

Put on your party clothes and join us for a raucous Gamay Dinner Party. There will be a bounty of food prepared from  our favorite local farms and wines will be curated by our friends at SE Wine Collective. There will be plenty of current Oregon Gamay, vintage French Beaujolais and Gamay Noir. Caveat: Location and chefs will be remain a secret. Announcements will me made a week out.  Seating will be limited so snag your seats while you can!


Tuesday May 22, Wednesday May 23 and Thursday May 24th, 2018 

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, Coquine (Ksandek Podbielski & Nate Ready) on May 22, Little Bird (Andy Fortgang & Rajat Parr) on May 23, St. Jack (Christopher Sky & TBD) on May 24 will each host a unique evening of culinary delights and Gamay! Each of these dinners will feature a unique format focused around Oregon and Gamays from around the world. There will be very limited opportunities for Oregon wineries to participate in these dinners. Details and availability for the partner dinners will be announced when each of the sommelier collaborators set their dinner programs.

Other unofficial I Love Gamay events will be announced as they develop, but will include smaller tastings at retailers, by the glass takeovers and other Gamay-centric features at restaurants around the Portland metro area.

**Edited from original press release