Douce noir (also known as Bonarda, Corbeau and Charbono) is a red French wine grape variety that has been historically grown in the Savoie wine region of eastern France but today is more widely planted in the South American country of Argentina. The earliest mention of the grape dates to the early 19th century and by the end of that century it was the most widely grown red wine grape in eastern France. In the early 21st century it was discovered that the Bonarda grape which is the 2nd most widely planted red grape, after Malbec, in Argentina was not the Italian wine grape Bonarda Piemontese as originally thought but rather Douce noir.
Posts about Bonarda
  • Wines of San Juan, Argentina

    … of Torrontes said to have ties to Muscat of Alexandria and Criolla Chica. I was also intrigued by a unique blend of Pedro Ximenez and Torrontes by Cavas S.R.L. winery, which drank almost like a dessert wine but had a much lighter mouthweight that would make it suitable for a spicy dish or a hot day on a patio. The biggest differences I found were among…

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  • Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend 2012

    … Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, and 3% Petite Sirah. The Merlot shines in this wine and really delivers a smooth and elegant wine. I checked the Highway 12 online Website and the wine is selling for $22. 90 Points. Globerati Wines – Whole Foods Last week I posted the article “Any wine bargains at Whole Foods?” and mentioned that I had purchased two Globerati…

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  • Argentina's Haarth winery is Canadian-owned

    … Sauvignon 2011 ($19). This is a firm but elegant wine with aromas and flavours of black cherry, black currant and blackberry, nicely framed with spice and vanilla from the barrels. 90. Haarth Tempranillo 2011 ($14). This wine is not organic wine but it is tasty nonetheless. It has aromas and flavours of red and black currants with spice and vanilla on the finish. 88. …

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  • What’s That Mendoza You’re Drinking?

    … Cruze Alta, Mendoza, 2012, Bonarda Imagine you are enjoying a red wine from the Mendoza region of Argentina. It is dense with dark fruit aromas, full bodied with grippy tannins, and a spicy finish. It must be a Malbec you think to yourself. But, it isn’t a Malbec. It is a wine from the grape, Bonarda. Judging by the name, this grape must have…

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