This wine is like the early spring when the ground starts to thaw and everything is just waking up. Like opening your eyes to the smell of coffee, soft-filtered morning light through the curtains, and a few happy birds singing, but softly from far away. Nothing about this wine is abrupt. It’s all very soothing and fresh. There is a newness about it, soft like dawn, and yet very much awake.
Gamay is honestly one of the most versatile wines to pair with food – because of the relatively low tannins (the compound in wine that makes it dry and sometimes bitter) and bright acidity. This wine is plush with a nice layer of baking spices (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg), so try it with chicken dumplings, pork sausage, or chicken tagine with dried fruit and olives. Also really nice with softer, cheeses like a mild Brie or fresh mozzarella.
Founded in 2009 by husband and wife team, Sarah and Chris Pittenger, Gros Ventre Cellars is a small, family-owned winery in Healdsburg, California. Named after both the place they met, near the Gros Ventre River in Jackson Hole, and the French translation of ‘big belly’ (Sarah was pregnant at the time they launched), this wine project is as much about enjoying the wine as much as the journey. Chris cut his teeth making wines at cult status wineries like Robert Biale, Torbreck, Williams Selyem, and Marcassin. Sarah, with a background in advertising, is the voice of this passion project. Dedicated to their community, Chris and Sarah are focused on giving more and taking less. One of their ongoing missions is to put a significant part of their resources towards conservation and environmental efforts.