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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Alicante Bouschet

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Grenache

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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...

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  • v v, I think you and I are the only ones, here, who ever admit that we are ... ... mostly Zin, with Carignane, Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah.  What's not to like in that lis Read More

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  • Czarina -- I like all the Seghesios because they taste like wine--not something ... Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Alicante Bouschet.  I refained from mentioning this one to Czarina, because I wasn't sure it would fit her "fruit forward" request, and it would certainly not fit her budget.  This wine would probably cost her over $30.  Now, while t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Yeah guys, every day is a learning experience.  I happen to think that is ... ... 8% Petite Sirah and 8% Alicante Bouchet. I think they might have been a bit liberal with the use of the "Field Blend" nomenclature.  It looks like the fruit for this was sourced from multiple vineyards.  The Times article indicated that Bedrock was one of them.I... Read More

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  • I toured Whitton Ranch, where the Geyserville fruit comes from, last year with ... Syrah, Petite Sirah, Mataro, Alicante Bouschet and others.  Quite a historic spot for sure. Pics are on my dead iPad but I might be able to fish a couple off my phone. Nope , I had to substitute this shot of David with 100 year old Carignane at the Library Viney... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • I love the Ridge labels.  They are the most informative labels ... 20% Petite Sirah, 6% Alicante Bouschet, 2% Carignane.  (Does that add up to 100%?)My favorite Ridge bottling is from their Lytton Springs vineyard.  The last time I was in Total Wines (about 3 weeks ago) they still had the 2011 bottling on the shelf.  The 2011 LS is OUTSTANDING.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • We did a field blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Alicante Bouschet and Granache. Actually did well as it was tart and red fruited. Had a Sauv Blanc last night. Read More

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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.


  • 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

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