While I definitely don’t need a reason to sip Gamay, the recent warm weather in Sonoma is making it even easier to reach for a light-bodied red. My house red for this summer (and for many of the past few summers) is Marcel Lapierre Raisins Gaulois. This 100% Gamay comes from organically farmed, young vines in Morgon and Beaujolais. There is as little intervention as possible in the winemaking process which allows this wine to be a pure expression of the Gamay grape.
Raisins Gaulois pours a bright ruby color in the glass and offers aromas of jubilant, red fruit. In each sip, there are tastes of tangy raspberries, cranberries, and red cherries followed with a juicy finish. Refreshing, lively, and delicious! Best enjoyed slightly chilled. (12% alcohol, $13.99)