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5 Surprising Facts about Bonarda:
1. Bonarda is a late-ripening grape variety that requires a large shift in temperature from day to night, so that the wine reaches high enough sugar levels without overheating and creating a stewed wine.
2. The Mendoza Valley in Argentina is ideal for creating this climate for the grape and is where the majority of the plantings are.
3. The Mendoza climate also allows Bonarda to develop black cherry and blackberry aromas, with notes of anise and leather.
4. Bonarda is a big, dark, full-bodied wine that still manages to keep its alcohol levels low making it an ideal pairing for white meat like pork and chicken.
5. The grape is thought to originate from the Loire region Jura in France where it has the name of Douce Noir or Corbeau or Charbonneau among several other names. Researched by Lesley Quinn
Bonarda from Piedmont, Italy, is known as Bonarda di Chieri or Bonarda del Monferrato, but is mostly used to add more aroma to a Barbera wine.
Then there is Bonarda dell’Oltrepò Pavese from the Lombardy region in Italy that uses the grape’s synonym Croatina and Uva Rara.
The Bonarda grape is also grown in California where it is goes by the name of Charbono.
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