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by Fred McMillin
for September 23, 1997
The Duke and the Gamay
The best Beaujolais is made in the ten Grand Cru communes. Brouilly is the largest of the ten. La Chaize is the largest estate in Brouilly. Its Beaujolais is large, too...more intense than much of the competition. Both the beginners and veterans in my classes give this one a Highly Recommended rating...So, when you try this sip of history, how about a toast to the Duke of Burgundy, who inadvertently got the Gamay on the right track.
Postscript: Pasta and Gamay have more in common than just a taste compatibility. About the time the Duke banned the Gamay, the first commercial pasta, vermicelli, was produced in Italy.
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