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About Dubonnet

Founder: Joseph Dubonnet
Year Founded: 1846
Distillery Location: Bardstown, Kentucky
Master Distiller / Blender: Agroindustrias Casa Ramirez, S.A. de C.V.

Dubonnet Essential Facts

  • Dubonnet was created by chemist and wine merchant Joseph Dubonnet to make quinine more palatable for soldiers in the French Foreign Legion stationed in North Africa.
  • The brand commissioned famous artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec to design a series of advertising posters in the late 1800s.

How you should drink Dubonnet

Types of Dubonnet Available

  • Dubonnet Rouge
  • Dubonnet Blanc

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  1. What is the flavor profile of Dubonnet Rouge? Sweet? Bitter? More like whiskey than wine?

    • Dubonnet Rouge is very similar to a sweet vermouth, though it contains quinine and a slightly different assortment of herbs and other botanicals. It doesn’t taste anything like whiskey, although it pairs well with the spirit in cocktails!

    • To me, (who JUST re-discovered this after a 40-year hiatus), it is in the same flavor category as Port.

  2. I moved from N.H. To Alabama and have tried for years to buy Dubonnet wine and no one can tell me where to purchase it! I live in north west Alabama. Can you help?

    • In Alabama, spirits are treated differently than beer and wine—including fortified wines like Dubonnet. That means you’ll find it in a wine shop or supermarket and not a liquor store. If there’s a wine shop near you that carries a good selection of vermouths and similar products, you may be able to find it there. If not, you can also try ordering it online—just check the shipping policy of the site you use to make sure it can ship to Alabama.

  3. My mother has been looking for. Dubonnet for the last couple years and can’t find it any abc. Sore.


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