Drink rosé, Beaujolais and more to celebrate GaMay

(Deb Lindsey /For The Washington Post)

Columnist, Food May 13

For the third year, Washington-area restaurants are featuring GaMay, a month of promoting the food-friendly wines made from the gamay grape.

The campaign was conceived by Max Kuller to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation and its research on pancreatic cancer, which claimed Kuller’s father, Mark, in 2014. Kuller’s restaurants — Proof, Estadio, Doi Moi and 2 Birds, 1 Stone — are featuring wines and cocktails made with gamay. More than $35,000 was raised in the first two years. Other restaurants participating this year include Momofuku CCDC, 1789, the Riggsby, Garrison and Tail Up Goat.

This week’s selections include two noteworthy Beaujolais, made from gamay, plus two delightful white wines from Portugal and a perennial, widely available rosé.

Manz, Dona Fátima, Jampal 2015

3 stars

Lisboa, Portugal, $26

When the Manz family purchased property in the village of Cheleiros, near Lisbon, in 2004, they set out to catalogue the grape varieties in their vineyard. One they found in abundance was called jampal, nearly extinct in Portugal because of its reputation for producing poor-quality wine. The family decided to stick with it, against the advice of neighbors, and now it is the only producer in Portugal — maybe the world — with a certified vineyard with this variety. The wine is lovely; it has rich body and buttery texture like a southern Rhone white, with flavors of talc, white flowers and tropical fruit. This is not just a novelty wine. ABV: 12.5 percent.

Distributed by G&B: Available in the District at the Bottle Shop, Calvert Woodley, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, MacArthur Beverages; on the list at Slate Wine Bar & Bistro. Available in Maryland at Cheers & Spirits in Arnold; on the list at Volt in Frederick. Available in Virginia at Wine House in Fairfax.

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