French winemaker, Pierre Gouttenoire, takes you to discover one of the grapes that he loves the most.

I'm sure you have already heard about Beaujolais, and maybe your first thought is that it is crap! Maybe because of a hangover in November after the third Thursday of the month, the day of the world release of the Beaujolais nouveau!

But Beaujolais is way more than this bad memory, it's a fantastic wine region south of Burgundy, growing a local and ancestral grape, Gamay!

Two main terroirs in this Appellation (AOC since 1946): In the south clay and marl producing light fruity reds mainly dedicated to Beaujolais nouveau, and then the northern part (north of the Nizerand river) you will find fantastic soils of granite and schists where Gamay will fully express its beauty and elegancy.

Ten Cru AOC were strictly delimitated like in Burgundy regarding their special and unique typicity using Gamay.

Saint-Amour AOC is the northernmost Cru AOC of Beaujolais. Gamay grapes are harvested by hand on the coteaux of Monts Beaujolais, giving powerful and racy reds able to age very well over the years, like a Pinot noir (we French say that Gamay "pinote" - becomes like pinot).

You could also try another cru like Moulin-à-Vent (the most powerful) or a Morgon AOC, or a Chenas AOC (smallest Cru).

You will change your mind completely about Beaujolais, trust me.

Vermentino and Pigato from Liguria compared by Rebecca Gouttenoire, Italian Wine Scholar.

The region of Liguria in northwestern Italy is a long strip of coastland shaped like a bridge between Tuscany and Provence.

Vermentino is the most widely-grown single grape variety. The second most grown grape variety in Liguria is Pigato. Studies of their DNA have shown Vermentino and Pigato are identical. Yet, they behave differently so most winemakers swear they are different varieties. When grapevines are genetically identical but look different, behave differently and give distinctively different wines, we call them biotypes.

Wine from the Alps in Savoie, the local red mountain grape Mondeuse Noire explained by Pierre Gouttenoire, French winemaker.

In the eastern part of France, high up in the mountains, the region of Savoie represents France’s bright mountain wines. There are several white grapes in this part of the Alps, but at the foothills of Mont Blanc, we find a red mountain child, Mondeuse Noire, a grape used to make distinctive fresh reds as well as more complex oak-aged versions from the Cru regions Arbin and Saint Jean de la Porte. Watch the video here: