The best-selling Gamay at the 2019 I Love Gamay festival tasting, for a reason. Bright and beautiful, electric and silky, it's one of the tastiest 2017 Willamette Valley wines we've had, including all the Pinots. A nose that's so welcoming you want to swan-dive into the glass, a bowlful of black cherries and red berries, a floral and white pepper lift, a mouthwateringly fresh finish. It moves similar to Pinot noir but with Gamay's snappy energy (the point is: don't be afraid of the Gamay!). Perfect with fresh Oregon troll-caught king salmon off the grill -- in fact, my favorite red wine/salmon pairing this year. Only 120 cases made.
Gamay is the first wine from Pray Tell, the wife-husband team of Willamette Valley wine veterans Jess and Tom. They each have "day jobs" -- Jess as Bergstrom's cellar master, Tom as logistics coordinator for a local importer -- and will be releasing four more wines in fall of 2019 (Pinot noir and Chardonnay). Based on the strength of their Gamay, we can't wait to taste the rest!