The little known intensely fruity grape known as Valdigue grows abundantly here in the cool Arroyo Seco region of central Monterey, where once it was thought to be the Gamay Noir grape of Fleurie. Indeed, there is much about this wine which makes you think of good quality Fleurie. Aromas of fresh red and blue fruits, notably cherry, cranberry and blueberry, are followed by a plump, supple, low-tannin mouthfeel of juicy fruits and mouthwatering acidity. It works well with pork and chicken dishes, the turkey at Christmas, summer picnics and Asian food. We had it recently at Le Talbooth with guinea-fowl and it was superb!