Last night we met up with some friends in town for supper. The reservation wasn’t until 7:30 so we had some time to kill beforehand. We headed over to Stella, an adorable bar/restaurant in the South End. All decked out in chic Italian white, this is a great place to hang out and people watch. We selected a bottle of J. Lohr Gamay. Kind of random, I know, but you know how I feel about lesser-known varietals. I couldn’t recall having a 100% Gamay wine before and I was very intrigued by the soft tannin and jammy flavor. Tons of blackberry and raspberry. There were strong alcohol notes on the finish (I know, all wines are alcohol, but some have more alcohol essence than others, it’s a real thing in the wine world, I swear!) and overall I really enjoyed the wine.
Well, you know what’s funny? When I looked up the wine on the J. Lohr website, I discovered that it is actually NOT a Gamay but a Valdiguié! I hadn’t even heard of the varietal so I didn’t think anything of the fact that it was printed on the label of the wine. I guess I figured it was something to do with the vineyard. But anyway, I looked it up and apparently the wine makers thought it was Gamay until U.C. Davis testers determined that it was actually Valdiguié, an even lesser-known varietal with roots in southwest France. I guess the folks at Stella didn’t get the update, oh well! Doesn’t change the fact that we really enjoyed the wine. We also enjoyed the price, only $28 for the bottle! And, of course, we enjoyed the fried artichoke hearts in a caper-laden sauce that we nibbled on while we were waiting. Yum.