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

    … Wines of where? Puerto Rico? Nope, these wines are from the up-and-coming province of San Juan, Argentina, and they offer a pleasant reminder of the value that lesser-known wine-producing regions around the world can deliver. They also remind us that purity can equal quality in wines. Bonarda, Tannat, Syrah, Malbec and Torrontes are some…

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  • Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend 2012

    … and the other for wine? Give it a try. 86 Points Globerati Bonarda 2013 This is one of the most widely grown grapes in Mendoza, Argentina. Yet it is Malbec that we see on the shelves here in the United States. I do not quite understand why there isn’t more Bonarda wine exported to the U.S. It is very tasty and, of course, an inexpensive wine…

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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…

    From Vinho Verde to Barolo with Lovein Malbec- 2 readers -