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Alicante is part of the Comunidad de Valenciana region, named for the town on the Mediterranean coast and awarded D.O. status in 1957.
 
It is divided into two zones:
 
La Marina is along the coast, between the towns of Denia and Calpe. This section has a distinctly Mediterranean climate with very hot summers. Moscatel production for sweet and fortified wines is the main focus, and many have the label “Moscatel de Alicante.” 
 
The Vinalopo, along the river of the same name, is adjacent to the Yecla region of Murcia. This is a continental climate, with hot, dry summers. Monastrell (Mourvedre), best suited to these conditions, dominates the plantings and is made into a voluptuous red wine as well as rosado. Other red grapes grown and used for blending are Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo and Bobal. 
 
But the pride of the region is Fondillon, a semi-sweet, non-fortified, vino rancio (oxidized wine) made from overripe Monastrell Read more »

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  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Alicante Bouschet

    History of the grape: Like all good biographies, the rise and fall of Alicante Bouschet begins with its grandparents....

  • Grenache

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Bodegas Sierra Salinas

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  • Bodegas Bernabé Navarro

    This property is located in the valley between Villena and La Cañada. Sierra del Morrón and its S...

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  • Exactly right. Alicante Bouchet or Garnacha Tintorera is probably the best known, but there are other grapes with red flesh. And it's all sweet, at least when the grapes are ripe. Champagne and sparkling grapes are often picked under-ripe, but if allowed to ripen, they would be sweet too.All wine is NOT dry white wine. Wine is only dry when ferm... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All Wine is Dry White Wine.


  • Tarima Monastrell Jumilla 2011

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    Inky, with a fairly strong floral/perfume lavender nose and front end. Notes of licorice and prune midway and more of the lavender on the follow through. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • I have amassed a small collection of photos of iconic Old-Vine sites across ... Seghesio, Ridge Vineyards (Alicante Bouschet) Pagani Ranch Alicante Bedrock Vineyard - Glen Ellen, Sonoma Valley - Bedrock Wine Co, Carlisle, Wind Gap, Enkidu, Ravenswood, Rudius, Wilde Farm More Bedrock - Morgan Twain-Peterson of Bedrock Wine Co Old Hill Ranch Fre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old California Vines


  • Time to revive this thread.  Stopped by the market and reloaded, including ... blend of grapes, including Alicante Bouschet--don't see that very often.  I also picked up the Follies, which is a wine from the Aveleda folks, big company in Portugese wine (they make the best selling Vinho Verde, which is not bad, either).  I really wanted a straig... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Iberian wine discovery!


  • I guess last night was a Zinfandel night.  Sister-in-law is visiting this ... ... Carignane, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Mourvedre and, who knows, there might be some Thompson seedless in there) take over--big, rustic, balanced acid and not terribly tannic.  I loved it.The other wine in this pic is planned for tonight.  Yes, to honor the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? -...


  • Tonight we made tacos, no not Duck tacos just regular gr beef, so I figured we ... field blend of Zinfandel, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah among others.Sodini RanchWhen I cut the capsule off the bottle I was surprised at what I saw. A black synthetic closure the likes of which I have never seen before.Well, here's to saving a cork tree! The ... Read More

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  • I went on their website and the Live Oak has Zin, Alicante, Carignane and Petite Sirah. Winery price is $34 but average cost on CT is just 20 and change. I'll try Wine Access, thanks! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old Vine Offline, we killed it!


  • Oh and Ridge. You said Cab but I'm drinking their Zins from 94, 5, and 6 ... Mourvedre (Contra Costa)9% Alicante Bouschet (San Joaquin)5% Petite Sirah (Napa Valley)5% Carignane       &nbs Read More

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  • Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill 2009

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    Really nice for the price. Read More

    Wine review by MikeBrew


  • Tarima Made With Organic Grapes 2011

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    Bold and Full Bodied. Pretty good with nice deep dark fruits. Read More

    Wine review by Teresa Brugger


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