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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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Mourvèdre

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

  • Salvador

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

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  • v v, I have never tried an Insignia.  I do have one bottle in my ... more ... ... more Carignane, Barbera, Alicante Bouschet, and probably some others.Was in a strange mood last night and did CS two nights in a row.  This one might almost qualify for v v's ". . . Completely Different" thread: As you might guess, this is another one that my bro... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Today I received the e-mail solicitation from Under the Wire.  I was in ... age to develop.He mentioned Alicante Bouschet in some context (probably when we were tasting the 1890 field blend), and Peggy commented that we have enjoyed the few examples of that."You want to try some Alicante Bouschet?"  Off he went to find a bottle of that.  The p... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Mistela de Moscatel Moscatel Alicante

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    I am not a drinker but this vine is delicious Read More

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  • Fun report, AOA. Thanks.It's interesting that you raised the question ... ... ... Verdot25% Petite Sirah9% Alicante Bousch Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue ... sense. In Spain they grow Alicante Bouschet as Garnacha Tintorera - I don't know it by any other name in CA. Not that I should know of course, but something like that would kind of stick.And they don't even list Blaufrankisch, but I know that Pax make some. Mayb... Read More

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  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ... know ... VerdotSangiovese *Alicante Bouschet *Mataro *Tempranillo *Muscat Hamburg *MissionCarnelianTannatPrimitivoGamay (Napa) *Touriga Nacional *RoyaltyMeunier *NebbioloDolcettoMontepulcianoCharbonoTeroldegoCinsaut *SouzaoCenturianSalvadorPinotageAglianicoCarmenereCounoiseDor... Read More

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  • Almost a good enough excuse for a visit to NYC... Cornelissen's Best ... ... volcanic hills, such as: Alicante Bouschet, Nerello Capuccio, Uva Francese, Minella Nera, Minella Bianco, and Inzolia—Whew! Although a fiery 60% alcohol, I found this grappa high-toned, a bit floral, and surprisingly drinkable.  Like the un-distilled wine, Contadino i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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

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  • 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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