Learn about Valdiguié — taste profile, popular regions and more …
Valdiguié is native to Southwest France but also maintains a fairly substantial history in California. Given its high-yielding capacity, Valdiguié became very popular during the Prohibition. Until 1980, Californians called it Napa Gamay because of its similarities to Gamay as a finished wine. But in that year, a French ampelographer, Pierre Galet correctly identified it as Valdiguié and not Gamay. Today it still grows in pockets of respected appellations throughout the state. In France it is also goes by the name of Gros Auxerrois.
Tasting Notes for Valdiguié
Valdiguie is a dry red wine, and with its floral aromatics and vibrant notes of pomegranate, cherries, strawberries, and earthy spice, it makes for a great red to serve slightly chilled on a hot day.
Perfect Food Pairings for Valdiguié
Pair Validigue with mild cheeses and paté, barbecued chicken, sausages, roasted turkey or duck, or serve slightly chilled solo on a warm summer afternoon.
Sommelier Secrets for Valdiguié
In France, Valdiguié also goes by the name of Gros Auxerrois.
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