Bob Ross wrote:Beringer has one that we sometimes get in this area -- I'll check around. There are less than a thousand acres planted to Gamay in California based on some Wine Institute numbers I saw a while back.
This gets a little complicated, and Hoke may be able to explain it better than I can, but as I recall it, there used to be a lot of California wine bottled as Gamay, or more specifically, under two varietal designations that have since been phased out: "Napa Gamay" is actually the old, fairly rare French grape Valdiguié, while most of the grapes planted as "Gamay Beaujolais" were actually a minor, undesirable Pinot clone.
Ultimately the federales ruled that Napa Gamay wasn't Gamay, and Beaujolais wasn't Beaujolais. There's certainly <i>some</i> real Gamay still around, but an awful lot of the wine that had been bottled under those two varieties doesn't qualify for the true varietal label. Gallo Sonoma made a varietal Valdiguié for a while that was pretty good but not that cheap (mid-teens during the '90s); I haven't seen any around for years and doubt they still make it.