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 on Snooth

  • JD: Had to revisit this thread because yesterday at the end of work hours I ... so we moved right along to Barbera.  I bought one from TJ's just to show the crowd that you could find these wines and for cheap, but I also had a 2011 Pico Maccario Lavignone Barb d'Asti and it absolutely rocked.  JD, I get you now on the 2011 Barberas.  This was ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian Wine Dinner


  • Bow Tie Barbera d'Asti 2011

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    Great low cost red. It has a sweet finish and is soft and easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by okmikeguy


  • Another Dolcetto I'd like to experiment with is Elio Grasso's, and ... ... and ... doing the same with Barbera. So far Marcarini is the QPR super star, but Giacomo Conterno makes big and structured Barbera worthy of aging, but also at a much higher price. Bartolo Mascarello's was a hedonistic delight, but also higher priced - around $ Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian Wine Dinner


  • I'm a fan of the Monsanto CCR as well--been drinking the '08 and ... ... ... and other sangio wines, barbera and some others, but there's so many amazing varieties.  As the winemaking and viticulture improve, some of the less heralded grapes will start expressing themselves even better.  Gaglioppo, frappato, you could go on with grapes that m... Read More

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  • Had some neighbors over Friday for an Italian themed potluck. Good thing I have ... but I continue to enjoy 2011 Barbera d'Alba, and also the 2011 Tommasi Soave that I picked up last minute was a real surprise. I'll be buying more of that if I can...the store I got it at doesn't show up on Wine-Searcher, which is nice. Finally, just an affirmat... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian Wine Dinner


  • Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    My first Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, was purchased at Trader Joe's. Slightly ... ... thoughts; kissing cousin to Barbera and Beaujolai Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • I recently spent a few days in Piedmont getting a head start on my annual look ... to be a great vintage for Barbera and both the Einaudi Vigna Tecc and the Massolino Gisep are packed with incredible fruit, again showing an explosive ripeness and perfumed nature but without any exaggeration or roasted notes that were obvious in vintages like 2... Read More

    From the article A First Look at Barolo 2010


  • Araldica Barbera d'Asti Albera 2005

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    Wine review by winelovingal


  • Great run down...so much to look forward to. Right now, it's '11 Barbera. Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2010 Barolo live from Piedmont!


  • I know there's a lot of interest out there so some brief notes. I'm ... to be a great vintage for Barbera and both the Einaudi Vigna Tecc and the Massolino Gisep are packed with incredible fruit, again showing an explosive ripeness and perfumed nature but without any exaggeration or roasted notes that were obvious in vintages like 2007 and 200... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2010 Barolo live from Piedmont!


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    Comment by 1167683Snoother 1167683 1167683 Snoother 1167683


  • 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


  • What is your favorite California Winery making Barbera?

    Comment by 163357thewineattic 163357 thewineattic


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