Charbono (shar-BO-no)


Native to the Savoie region of France where it is properly known as douce noir (“sweet black”), but is also known by the names corbeau and charbonneaux (in California, this was later shortened to charbono). Tiny amounts are still grown in California where the wine has a small but cult following. In Argentina, douce noir is called bonarda, which means that California’s charbono and Argentina’s bonarda are the same variety.

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