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Teinturier

[tan-tewr-EHR]


Dark-skinned grapes that have red (rather than white) pulp and juice. (Most grapes have white pulp and juice and get their coloring from being in contact with the skins during FERMENTATION.) Teinturier grapes are often planted to be used as a BLENDING WINE to add color to such wines. Examples of Teinturier grapes are ALICANTE BOUSCHET, ROYALTY, and RUBIRED. Most Teinturier grapes have some connection to Alicante Bouschet.

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