Joie Gamay, 2014


I’ve always thought of Gamay as the poor man’s Pinot—and not in a bad way, in a way to access light, fruity wines that can surprise much more often than similarly priced Pinots. The Joie doesn’t disappoint.


Sour cherry, rose petals, violet, vanilla and a finish that echoes a black currant pastille. Plus, take a close look at the label: 12.6% is not a type. Er, I mean typo.  How heavenly is that? A Wine Align award winner, so not the easiest to source, but definitely a plus if you’re seeking a gentle, flavourful red for many of the delicate fusion style dishes of the Pacific Northwest.


Price: $24 at Swirl in Yaletown.


Market Liquidity: Light, lively, pleasant, pleasing.

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