Barbera

Common synonyms: Besgano, Barbera e Raspo, Lombardesca, Perricone, Gaietto, Ughetta, Pignatello, Barberone

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Piedmont, Italy
 
History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fourth most planted grape in all of Italy. 7th century Lombard historian, Paul the Deacon, wrote that the Lombard troops defeated the Franks at the Battle of Refrancore after getting them schnoggered on the local wine, which was likely Barbera. The jugs had been scattered all over the field and the Franks willingly drank from them, and lost their coordination. 13th century documents from the Casale Monferrato have details of leasing agreements for vineyards planted with “de bons vitibus barbexinis,” which is Barbera. In 1798 Count Novolune, the deputy director of the agrarian society of Turin, named Barbera as one of the grapes in his list of “Vitis vinifera Montisferratensis,” the grapes surrounding Read more »

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  • Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne. Vietti 2013

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    Classic italian. Fruity, bright and great with food. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Jim Olsen White Barbera Sierra Foothills 2016

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    A Naked Wines selection. Crystal clear silver pink in the glass. Opens with mango, kiwi, and bubblegum,; then lemon/lime and lilac; then a bit of tomato leaf and slate. Medium full in the mouth; slightly sweet kiwi and lime. Medium acidity. Gets a bit sweeter as the wine sits in the glass. Had this without food, but think this would work very we... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • News travels very fast in our hyper-digital age—sometimes too fast. Or ... dolcetto and (in some cases) barbera. But nebbiolo is not an early-ripening grape, and this made all the difference.Following a tepid August, summer seemed to arrive in September with dry sunny days and temperatures in the ‘80s. While it was too late to make much of a d... Read More

    From the article Nebbiolo Grape News from the Source


  • If you get a Ravera, you should make sure to get the Elvio Cogno as well.  ... ... bottles a pre-phylloxera Barbera that is hard to find over here, but is easily the best and most interesting Barbera I have had, including G. Conterno's.  If you want pre-phylloxera wine, that's worth finding.I don't think $40 a bottle is a bargain but relatively... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Giorgi Vigna Casa del Corno Barbera Croatina Uva Rara Vespolina Buttafuoco Dell'Oltrepo Pavese 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Burgundy with pizza?  Seriously?  Well, maybe if there's no ... ... sauce.  I'll drink Barbera, Sangio, and a bunch of other Italian things, and maybe I'm just being narrow minde Read More

    Forum post in the topic The LA Somm Scene


  • I've come across a few female Somms, or other certificate holders over the years who make a living from working in restaurants by night and managing collectors cellars by day, and/or organizing tastings and events. I suppose most collectors are older gents who enjoy having a good looking, educated woman help them build and keep up their cellars.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The LA Somm Scene


  • We asked for an editing function, there you go!  London Escorts. Hey, ... ... night had a Barbera d'Asti from Oberto.  As if that could compare to a London Escor Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the ... the vineyard offers, such as Barbera, Castana, and Zafferano.Elizabeth SmithTraveling Wine ChickVirginiaBeyond California (and Washington and Oregon) Virginia is one of the largest and most recognized American wine regions. Not only is Virginia rich with America... Read More

    From the article Wine in America, Beyond California


  • Rocca Felice Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2015

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    Nice Barbera but there are better ones at this price point. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Just bought an Umberto Fiore Barbera D'Alba 2003. The wine store owner is a friend and said if it was no good he would replace it with another wine. Does anyone have a comment on this vineyard and vintage?

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  • goodd.

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  • strange vine i've tasted tenutta careta , it needs at least one day after the opening to taste all flavors it can give.

    Comment by 553590gulea 553590 gulea


  • oh sorry i forgot to mention the fantastic barbera`s from my friend gianni abrigo from treiso loreto and mervisano

    Comment by 681250artichoke 681250 artichoke


  • barbera what a memories as a little boy growing up in piedmont,remember my granpa drinking barbera and playing boccie,that were the seventies many thing are changed in better barbara long time ago was a very cheap and modest wine then all sudden the mitical giacomo bologna ACTUALLY HE STARTED bottling barbera in 1961 when everybody sold barbera ...

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  • exelant barbera ansisia 2003

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  • Styxdvr: Try Boeger Barbera from the Sierra Foothills, a much underated AVA. The area has many microclimate that are excellent for growing many varietals.

    Comment by 163357thewineattic 163357 thewineattic


  • In reply to thewineattic on California barberas, the only domestic barbera I've found that I like is from Sunset Cellars: http://www.sunsetcellars.com/Barbera.html My favorite barberas are from Bruno Giacosa and the Andrea Oberto Barbera d'Alba Giada. The 2005 Giada is amazing, although it needs a good hour to breathe. I have not tried ...

    Comment by 419134Styxdvr 419134 Styxdvr


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