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We look at our inventory as a curating process. Each item has been hand selected by one of the team and has to not only be incredibly delicious but also well made, and when possible, 100% organic. You'll find meat from salami to prosciutto, cheeses for the most discerning pallet and new sundries we've found on our travels that are unique and sure to be new favorites.
Alicante Bouschet or Alicante Henri Bouschet is a wine grape variety that has been widely cultivated since 1866. It is a cross of Petit Bouschet (itself a cross of the very old variety Teinturier du Cher and Aramon) and Grenache. Alicante is a teinturier, a grape with red flesh. One of the few red grapes with red flesh, Alicante Bouschet is an oddity that makes big, juicy red wines. ... Over its 150-year history, Alicante Bouschet has always been in the background – as a secret ingredient to embolden other red wines.
Alicante Bouschet is also one of the few varieties of Vitis vinifera that is a teinturier: a grape with red, rather than white, colored juice (the pulp of most vinifera, such as Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is a clear white). Once upon a time, Alicante Bouschet was the second most planted wine grape in California; seeing its heyday during Prohibition years because of its thick, dark skin, and ability to withstand long train rides from California to the East Coast to get to home winemakers.
Alicante Bouschet or Alicante Henri Bouschet is a wine grape variety that has been widely cultivated since 1866. It is a cross of Petit Bouschet (itself a cross of the very old variety Teinturier du Cher and Aramon) and Grenache. Alicante is a teinturier, a grape with red flesh. It is one of the few teinturier grapes that belong to the Vitis vinifera species. Its deep colour makes it useful for blending with light red wine. It was planted heavily during Prohibition in California for export to the East Coast. Its thick skin made it resistant to rot during the transportation process. The intense red color was also helpful for stretching the wine during prohibition, as it could be diluted without detracting from the appearance. At the turn of the 21st century, Alicante Bouschet was the 12th most planted red wine grape in France with sizable plantings in the Languedoc, Provence and Cognac regions. In 1958, Alicante Bouschet covered 24,168 hectares (mainly across southern France); by 2011, plantings represented less than 4,000 hectares. This scenario is largely reversed in other regions of Europe, and in southern Portugal, where its wines are highly prized and frequently outscore traditional autochthonous varieties.
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Unique and hard to find giftware and accessories that are hand selected for Bouschet. They are sure to be inviting accents to your home decor, or given as gifts!
many different cultures, people, food, and of course wine. Together Dennis and Tom have traveled extensively and have been fortunate to savor some of the finest wines in the world.
Together with their love of wine they created Rainbow Ridge Wines which was featured in Wine Enthusiast Magazine and also Wine & Spirits Magazine. Their first varietal was an obscure grape by the name Alicante Bouschet. This wine received many awards and also ratings of 91 and 90 respectively. You may notice the name BOUSCHET reminiscence of their first endeavor. This wine was magical!
Recent transplants to the Coachella Valley from Lodi, CA, Amanda (Costa) Mendoza and Fernando Mendoza bring years of experience both in and out of the delicatessen/food industry. Their hands-on approach to managing the workings of Bouschet will be invaluable as we grow. Amanda (Dennis' niece) and Fernando are proud parents of four beautiful kids!
Pat Beatty, Tom's mom, is very proud of her “sons”. You may see her lending a hand or just saying hello from time to time. She is retired so she may just work for sandwiches and wine.
Dennis Costa and Tom Beatty have been a successful duo for 22yrs. Personally and professionally they have experienced some of the great pleasures that life can bring.
Dennis comes from an Agricultural and Viticulture background. After a successful dairy business his family planted grapes and grew predominately for Sutter Home. Dennis also worked in his earlier years for Mondavi Wines of Woodbridge, which at that time had only one bottling line. After personally tending to the grapes from planting, growing, and harvesting almost 200 acres, they decided to sell the farm to Sebastiani Vineyards in 1999.
Tom, a native of Chicago, has worked an illustrious career as an International Flight Attendant for 33yrs. He has traveled to every continent except Antartica - which he claims would just be too cold for him. He has explored the world and enjoyed