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in Wine Wednesday: vinAmité Gamay Noir

vinAmité Cellars Gamay Noir
vinAmité Cellars Gamay Noir

What the heck is Gamay Noir? GAM-may NEW-or is a light bodied, friendly red wine that is easy drinking and the perfect choice for those of you are not into the big reds.

This purple grape variety’s claim to fame is its manifestation as Beaujolais (named for its home turf in France). Fruity with a lovely bouquet, this grape star is renowned for its annual release party celebrations that circle the globe. Wonderful served slightly chilled, Gamay is a great match for Okanagan summertime.

vinAmité Cellars in Oliver is the embodiment of its charming owner/operator famille, the Coulombe’s. Ray and Wendy with daughter Catherine are the main crew here, with their other daughter Nathalie participating as the uber-talented artist whose paintings grace the walls of their tasting room.

The Coulombe fam! l-r- Wendy, Ray, Catherine & Nathalie
The Coulombe fam! l-r- Wendy, Ray, Catherine & Nathalie

The winery sits just off the famous Golden Mile for easy access and offers the perfect respite for wine tasters to stop, do a tasting and then relax on their patio with some house-made charcuterie and soak in the view. The Coulombe’s have ambiance galore at their charming boutique winery — quelle surprise, they are French! Brought to us from Montreal to follow a wine dream, the family will welcome you and lead you through a tasting of their incredible line up of wines. Including their belle Gamay Noir...the exciting wine of the week!! 

vinAmité Cellars Gamay Noir $29.90
The expression of cherry and raspberry jam is crafted into this unique and delicate, slightly chilled, red wine. Its complex flavours of fresh-baked pies combined with savoury and spicy notes are graced with gentle tannins and French oak making this a unique and perfect fit for a lazy afternoon of happy thoughts.

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