Grown extensively in the Beaujolais district of Burgundy, the Gamay grape is the only varietal used to make the red wines of Beaujolais. The varietal produces a light red wine that is exceptionally fruity and fresh with moderately high acidity and low tannin and alcohol. It's best known as the grape responsible for Beaujolais nouveau, a young, fruity wine made and bottled right after harvest and released to an anticipating audience in the third Thursday of November (it's truly one of the wine world's great cash crops). In fact, Beaujolais nouveau has made the varietal famous throughout the world, and in turn has inspired winemakers to produce higher quality Gamay. Although best known as a young-drinking wine, many cru- level Beaujolais can age quite well. Gamay is also grown in France's Loire Valley, as well as in Canada and Napa Valley. Beaujolais nouveau is meant to be drunk immediately, and is often served slightly chilled with lighter foods such as pizza, bruschetta, grilled chicken, and most fish. FYI, neither the grape varietals Napa Gamay nor Gamay Beaujolais is true Gamay.