Alicante (grape variety) is a wine.
Alicante Henri Bouschet is a wine variety that has been cultivated for over a century.It is a cross of Petit Bouschet and Teinturier du Cher and Aramon.Alicante is a red grape.It is a teinturier grape that belongs to the Vitis vinifera species.It makes sense to blend it with light red wine.It was planted in California to be exported to the East Coast.It was resistant to rot because of its thick skin.During prohibition, the intense red color of the wine was helpful in stretching it without detracting from the appearance.Alicante Bouschet was the 12th most planted red wine grape in France at the turn of the 21st century.Alicante Bouschet planted less than 4,000 hectares by 2011.In southern Portugal, its wines are highly prized and frequently outscore traditional autochthonous varieties.
The grape was first cultivated in France in the 19th century.The Petit Bouschet grape was created by his father.The result was to produce a grape with deep color and better quality than the Teinturier du Cher.Different varieties of Alicante Bouschet were produced.The grape's high yields and easy maintenance encouraged its popularity among French wine growers.In Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire Valley and Alentejo, Portugal, Alicante Bouschet was planted by the end of the 19th century.
During the years of prohibition, the grape was popular in the United States.In California's Central Valley, growers found that it was possible to get fermentable juice even after the third pressing.The juice from the free run before pressing and the first or second pressing is what makes wine from grapes like Chardonnay and Merlot.The thick skin of the grape made it possible for it to survive the long train ride from California to New York City's Pennsylvania Station.
The superior transportability of this variety was significant because of a ruling by the Internal Revenue Service on July 25, 1920, which allowed up to 200 gallons of home-made wine per year, per household, for consumption in the home only.A single buyer purchased a lot of grapes at an auction in 1928.The amount of grapes was enough to make 7 million gallons of wine.
In France, the grape has been used to make its own wine in recent times.There has been a decline in the planting of new vines.The grape is no longer being grown in some areas of France.According to international wine guru and Master of Wine, Jancis Robinson, Alicante Bouschet is thought to have found its true home in Portugal's Alentejo where it was first planted in the late 1800s.The Alentejo wine region has grown in popularity from the late 1990s and it is often expensive, compared to other noble varieties.These wines are prized for their size and colour.The grape is used to make wine in Chile.The grape is still grown in California and popular among home winemakers.Algeria, Israel, and parts of central and southern Italy are some of the areas with notable Alicante Bouschet plantings.
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