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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What is Bonarda?
—Richard S., Bainbridge, Wash.
Bonarda is a red wine grape that’s widely planted in Argentina, believed to be the same grape called Charbono in California. It makes very ripe, plummy wines with a dark color and soft, fleshy tannins. I’ve mostly seen it bottled as part of red wine blends.
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