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It's a shame to write off the entire family of Gamay wines. I'm not a fan of the Swiss Gamay wines, which I find thin and metallic. At the same time, I'm a big fan of some of the Beaujolais wines like Morgon and Brouilly.


To those wanting to try Beaujolais Nouveau, Georges Duboeuf is the one that seems to be ubiquitous.

Georges Dubouef is just a massive clearing house, buys grape juice ferments it and sticks in in a bottle, flogs it to the English !


A lot of Swiss wines are thin, try some Pinot Noir from Grisons or Neuchâtel, the top ones easily compare to the top Burgandy wines. There are also some very interesting Merlots from Tessin and some of the assemblages are really good. Most of them however are above Chf 20-25.---/bottle and not found in supermarkets but they really are worthwhile if you appreciate wine.
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it sucked during the 1980s.
That was a general problem as a consequnce of the wine industry's prioritisation of quantity over quality. The German speaking countries for instance "enjoyed" the GlykolSkandal, Italy the MethanolSkandal. Further, additives like sulfuric acid were used excessively, causing figues of speech like "headache wine". Etc.

The Wiki quote below focuses on Austria's GlykolSkandal in the mid to late 80ies, but it applies to Switzerland as well, at least in part (the Mosel wines come to mind) to Germany, too.

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The short-term effect of the scandal was a complete collapse of Austrian wine exports and a total loss of reputation of the entire Austrian wine industry, with significant adverse effects on the reputation of German wines as well. The long-term effect was that the Austrian wine industry focused their production on other wine types than previously, primarily dry white wines instead of sweet wines, and increasingly targeted a higher market segment, but it took the Austrian wine industry over a decade to recover. Much stricter wine laws were also enacted by Austria.
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It's a shame to write off the entire family of Gamay wines. I'm not a fan of the Swiss Gamay wines, which I find thin and metallic. At the same time, I'm a big fan of some of the Beaujolais wines like Morgon and Brouilly.


To those wanting to try Beaujolais Nouveau, Georges Duboeuf is the one that seems to be ubiquitous.
I wouldn‘t write off Beaujolais either. I was served it to accompany turbot at one of the best restaurants in the world. Sadly I don‘t have a photo and it was over a decade ago, so can‘t remember which one. It also pairs well with turkey for those who prefer a lighter red with poultry rather than white.
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It's a shame to write off the entire family of Gamay wines. I'm not a fan of the Swiss Gamay wines, which I find thin and metallic. At the same time, I'm a big fan of some of the Beaujolais wines like Morgon and Brouilly.


To those wanting to try Beaujolais Nouveau, Georges Duboeuf is the one that seems to be ubiquitous.
Thank you for your recommendations.

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I wouldn‘t write off Beaujolais either. I was served it to accompany turbot at one of the best restaurants in the world. Sadly I don‘t have a photo and it was over a decade ago, so can‘t remember which one. It also pairs well with turkey for those who prefer a lighter red with poultry rather than white.
Yep, I'm on the same page. I rarely drink white wines.

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Re: Beaujolais Nouveau!!!

Nobody has written Beaujolais wines off, some a re very good without doubt, but similarly, Beaujolais Nouveau is certainly not one of them !


You can get some very nice wine from Gamay grapes, they are excellent is summer as they stand being chilled a little and are fairly light with a lowish alcohol content.
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Nobody has written Beaujolais wines off, some a re very good without doubt, but similarly, Beaujolais Nouveau is certainly not one of them !

You can get some very nice wine from Gamay grapes, they are excellent is summer as they stand being chilled a little and are fairly light with a lowish alcohol content.
Lowish is 0.5-1.0% less alcohol compared to other reds
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