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Alicante Bouschet

Often just called Alicante, red-fleshed grape once widely used to tint dilute southern French table wine, especially Aramon. Now found in Corsica, Tuscany, Calabria in southern Italy, the Balkans, Israel, North Africa, California, Portugal and Spain where it is known as Garnacha Tintorera. Vine breeder Henri Bouschet crossed one of his father's crossings with Grenache or Garnacha to produce this early-ripening variety in the late 19th century. Makes gutsy but short wine.