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Bonarda is actually a name given to a handful of distinct grape varieties, mainly originating in Italy, but also growing in popularity in Argentina. However, DNA profiling shows that what the Argentine people have named Bonarda, is actually identical to California’s Charbono—and Charbono is actually a grape called Douce Noire from Savoie, a mountainous wine region in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes of eastern France.

In Italy, in Lombardy’s Oltrepò Pavese and Emilia Romagna’s Colli Piacentini zones, the grape called Bonarda is not Bonarda at all but instead, Croatina. In Novara, Bonarda Novarese, used to ease the tannins of Spanna (Nebbiolo), is actually Uva Rara.

Tasting Notes for Bonarda

Bonarda is a dry red wine, in all of its iterations. The Argentine wine called Bonarda is typically linear, somewhat complex and loaded with black fruit. California Charbono has a beautifully concentrated deep magenta color and presents lively and juicy red fruit, spice and a pleasant grip in the finish. The wines labeled as Bonarda from Oltrepò Pavese are spicy, medium to light bodied and full of both red and black fruit.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bonarda

Try Bonarda with grilled salmon, seared ahi, teriyaki chicken, pork loin and vegetarian stuffed peppers.

Sommelier Secrets for Bonarda

Bonarda Piemontese, an aromatic variety, is the only true Bonarda. Before phylloxera, it covered 30% of Piedmontese vineyard acreage.

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    Lamadrid Bonarda 2009
    Bonarda from Argentina
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    Zuccardi Serie A Bonarda 2009
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Charbono 2009 Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Charbono 2009
    Bonarda from Napa Valley, California
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  • Castello di Luzzano Carlino Oltrepo Pavese Bonarda 2009 Front Label
    Castello di Luzzano Carlino Oltrepo Pavese Bonarda 2009
    Bonarda from Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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  • Viejo Isaias Clasico Bonarda 2009 Front Label
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    • Tofanelli Family Vineyard Charbono 2009 Front Label
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      Bonarda from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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        Mi Terruno Reserva Bonarda 2009
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        • La Posta Estela Armando Vineyard Bonarda 2009 Front Label
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          • August Briggs Frediani Vineyard Charbono 2009 Front Label
            August Briggs Frediani Vineyard Charbono 2009
            Bonarda from Napa Valley, California
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            • Finca Las Moras Black Label Bonarda 2009  Front Label
              Finca Las Moras Black Label Bonarda 2009
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              • Luigi Bosca Finca La Linda Bonarda 2009 Front Label
                Luigi Bosca Finca La Linda Bonarda 2009
                Bonarda from Mendoza, Argentina
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                • Vermeil Wines Frediani Vineyard Charbono 2009 Front Label
                  Vermeil Wines Frediani Vineyard Charbono 2009
                  Bonarda from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Las Perdices Reserva Bonarda 2009 Front Label
                    Las Perdices Reserva Bonarda 2009
                    Bonarda from Mendoza, Argentina
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                    • Valle de la Puerta La Puerta Reserva Bonarda 2009 Front Label
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                      • Valle de la Puerta La Puerta Alta Bonarda 2009 Front Label
                        Valle de la Puerta La Puerta Alta Bonarda 2009
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                              • Finca Quara Reserva Bonarda 2009 Front Label
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