Weekly wine defined: Alicante BouschetSeptember 3rd, 2012 by brynn grimley
Alicante Bouschet (Al lee cahn tay Boo shay)
This is a heavy producer, one of a number of red wine grapes developed by Louis & Henri Bouschet, who were trying to develop a deep colored, high-sugar content grape for bulk wine production in southern France.
Widely cultivated since the 1860s, it’s a cross of Teinturier du Cher/Aramon/Grenache. It found its way to California and during prohibition was used as a juice grape.
Today, the grape is used primarily for blending, mostly in California, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Israel.
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