Common synonyms: Croatina, Bonarda Piemontese, Uva Rara, Bonardo Novarese

History of the grape: Bonarda is a confusing grape to describe because, depending on where it was made, one person’s Bonarda is another person’s Charbono. The story begins in Italy, where this grape has three offshoots: The Bonarda grape planted in north central Italy in Otrepo Pavese and Colli Piacentini is known there as Croatina. When one sees “Bonarda” on an Italian wine, chances are it is this grape, which originated in Croatia, hence the name. Then there is the Bonarda known as Uva Rara (Bonardo Novarese) grown in Piedmont. Finally, the Bonarda known as Bonarda Piemontese, which is also from Piedmont, but very rarely seen, however, this is considered the “true” Bonarda.

A grape known as Bonarda has become one of the top two most popular red grapes in Argentina (next to Malbec). However, that grape is believed to really be Charbono (Corbeau in France), and not related to the Italian Read more »

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  • We finally saw "Book of Mormon" last night at The Kennedy Center in ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon and Bonarda.  Boy, was this a great wine - and only around $45 for the bottle in the restaurant and about $20-$25 retail if you can find it.  It wasn't on their wine list either - helps to listen to the wine guys.  If any of you folks have a chance ... Read More

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  • Altos las Hormigas Bonarda Colonia las Liebres 2004


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    Wine review by QuiLoxx

  • Ah, another weekend has arrived.  We are having beautiful weather out here ... tour of South America), a Bonarda from Argentina, and finally a Malbec Grand Reserva from Argentina.  They didn't have the regular Malbec from Argentina, but we probably would not have preferred that over the Grand Reserva anyway.  We ended up buying four bottles, on... Read More

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  • Cantina di Casteggio Sangue di Guida 2013


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    Wine review by ariana8407

  • It always seemed odd to us that in Piemonte, the land of Barolo, the King of ... ... Barbera is blended with Bonarda (aka Croatina) to make the legendary DOC Gutturnio, a resurrection of the ancient Roman Gutturnium. In 1985 the world of Barbera changed forever with the release of Giacomo Bologna’s mythical 1982 Bricco dell’ Ucellone. This wa... Read More

    From the article The Rising Tide of Barbera

  • Cantina di Casteggio Sangue di Guida 2013


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    Wine review by lexxus

  • Colonia las Liebres Bonarda Argentina 2013


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • La Posta Malbec/Syrah/Bonarda Cocina Tinto Mendoza 2012


    One of my favorites. Smooth and well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by angela318

  • Alamos Red Blend 2012


    Oct. 2014, Polly's. Mary, said it was tasty and a bargain. I will look for another and maybe get a taste this time. Doubt it. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Red blends. It’s a term that has been bandied about quite liberally over ... Sauvignon, 17% Syrah, 10% Bonarda Very perfumed on the nose, a bit balsamic with lots of spicy wood notes and intense black currant and plum fruit with just a hint of black pepper. Smooth, rich and powerful on the palate with a hint of slaty minerality adding nice dep... Read More

    From the article "Uncategorically" Red Blends

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