Lovers of Big Reds - Look to Alicante Bouschet
In the mid-1900s, many French and American producers realized that Alicante Bouschet wasn’t a must for rich colored wines. Winemakers no longer needed the grape’s rich color, so growth declined. Don’t worry both Portugal and Spain have planted more Alicante Bouschet over the last 50 years. Honestly, it’s probably better suited to the climates in these two countries anyway. This wine has many a red wine lover discovering Alicante Bouschet is quite the find!
Alicante Bouschet ripens late and loves hot, dry areas with lots of sun. Just under 1,000 acres of Alicante Bouschet grow in California, particularly in the warm, central valley regions of Lodi and Madera. Perhaps American producers will champion this grape once again and one Fresno winery has taken some serious steps in the right direction with this grape. Allow me to introduce Alicante Bouschet as Kings River Winery produces this rich full-bodied wine. Kings River Winery has produced a luscious, rich, and full-bodied red wine to produce this red wine lovers delight.
This Alicante Bouschet is big, bold, with flavors ranging from fresh to jammy blackberries, blueberries, black cherries, and more. As you bring your glass toward your nose and take those first few sips you recognize it's spicy, smoky flavors, along with baking spice, and a hint of vanilla bean. The intense smoky-sweet flavors of this wine from Kings River Winery beg for equally intense foods including barbecue, teriyaki, carne asada and grilled vegetables. You will find this wine pairs well with Marinara sauce – the fresh acidity from the tomato can cut through the heaviness of the wine quite nicely.
You can visit and enjoy not only this Alicante Bouschet but a number of delightful Kings River Winery wines in Sanger, CA