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Alicante Bouschet

Alicante Bouschet, also known as Garnacha Tintorera, is a dark-skinned grape variety with red flesh, making it a so called "teinturier" grape. Originating in France, the grape is known for its intense colour and robust aromas and flavours.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Alicante Bouschet is a deep red grape with a thick skin and red flesh. Its intense colour and tannins contribute to its popularity as a blending partner. The grape has a wide range of aromas, including dark fruits such as blackberries, plums and cherries, as well as savoury notes such as tobacco and leather. The taste profile is characterised by ripe dark fruit, peppery spice and a hint of floral notes.

Fresh Alicante Bouschet grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Alicante Bouschet is a widely planted grape variety, with plantings in over 20 countries. It is also grown in Portugal, where it is used in port production. In Spain, it is grown mainly in the Valencia and Alicante regions, where it is used to produce a variety of wines. Furthermore, it is also planted in California, Australia, and other parts of the world. Alicante Bouschet is a hardy grape variety which can be grown in a variety of climates and soils. It is a vigorous vine with large clusters of grapes, so careful pruning and canopy management is needed to ensure quality. In the winery, the grape is usually fermented on the skins for a short time, to not over extract colour and tannins. It also can be used to make fortified wines. Alicante Bouschet produces a wide range of wines with different styles and flavour profiles. In Portugal, the grape is used to make a range of styles, such as full-bodied reds, rosés as well as fortified wines. In Spain, it is used to produce a range of red wines, from light and fruity to intense and tannic. In California, the grape is often used to make rich, full-bodied reds. Alicante Bouschet is a versatile grape variety that pairs well with a variety of foods. Its intense flavours and tannins make it a good match for rich and savoury dishes such as steak, game and other meats. It also pairs well with roasted vegetables, tomato-based dishes and cheese.

Foods to pair with Alicante Bouschet:

Beef
Sausage
Smoky
Salad
Fun Fact about Alicante Bouschet
Alicante is a so called "teinturier", a grape with red, instead of white flesh. It is one of the few teinturier grapes that belong to the Vitis vinifera species.

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Esporão Reserva Tinto is a dark ruby-colored Portuguese blend of the classic Portuguese varietals Touriga Nacional, Aragonez, and Trincadeira. On the nose, it offers seductive aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry, and a hint of black pepper. On the palate, it has a medium body with smooth tannins and a balanced acidity. It is velvety, with flavors of blackberry and cherry, along with hints of spice and tobacco. The finish is long and lingering, with a hint of sweet oak, making it a perfect companion for grilled meats and hearty stews.
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This Portuguese gem from the Alentejo region is an expression of the exuberant local terroir. The Cartuxa Évora Colheita Tinto is a blend of Aragonês, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouchet , and Alfrocheiro carefully cultivated and harvested from the estate's vineyards. The nose is full of ripe plum and blackberry aromas, with notes of cherry, black pepper and spice. The palate is full-bodied, with rich tannins, a juicy acidity and a long finish. Enjoy with roasted meats, game dishes and robust cheeses.
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Esporão Monte Velho Tinto is a robust and full-bodied red wine from Portugal. Its deep ruby color hints at the richness of its flavors. On the nose, aromas of ripe red and black fruit, as well as hints of vanilla, pepper, and cinnamon, are complemented by a touch of toasted oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and smooth, with flavors of sweet cherry, plum, and ripe blackberry. The finish is long and elegant, with lingering notes of spice and oak. Esporão Monte Velho Tinto is an excellent and complex wine that can be enjoyed with roast meats, grilled vegetables, and hard cheeses.
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Cartuxa EA Tinto is a generously fruited red wine intended for everyday enjoyment. Hailing from Alentejo, this wine is crafted from indigenous Portuguese grapes grown in a warm climate. The winemaking process involves meticulous attention to detail, ensuring the focus remains on the fruit with the extraction of a supple structure. Cartuxa EA Tinto offers an enjoyable experience for wine enthusiasts who enjoy softer wine styles or who seek an introduction to Portuguese grapes.
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Esporão Pé Tinto is a red wine produced by Esporão, a renowned winery in Portugal's Alentejo region. The wine is made from a blend of local grape varieties, including Aragonez, Trincadeira, and Alicante Bouschet, grown in the winery's vineyards that benefit from the region's warm climate and diverse soils. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes, followed by fermentation and aging in oak barrels to enhance the wine's complexity and structure. The resulting wine is a medium-bodied red with a vibrant ruby color, offering aromas of ripe red fruits, spices, and a hint of vanilla. The wine's smooth tannins and balanced acidity make it a versatile pairing for a range of dishes, from grilled meats to hearty stews.
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