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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  • Eclispe - I like your spelling! And I agree - stick around.EMark - what I like ... ... don't think it's Barbera, but maybe. There used to be acres and acres of it grown in CA that went into stuff like this and the various Burgundies.Home made too, which is nice. I imagine that today, with the nice box and everything, it's probably more than tw... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Grans Muralles Espanja Katalonia Punaviinit Miguel Torres Do Conca de Barberà 2000

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    Had this last night with a steak. A huge and complex wine in its prime. Cork was crumbly, and had to decant the wine through a sieve, but that was the only complaint. Purple and opaque...powerful. Just a great glass. Read More

    Wine review by dobbsml


  • Greetings,We have an old bottle of wine that we have very little knowledge about. I'm hoping that someone on this site might be able to enlighten us. Thanks in advance,Donna Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Guido Porro Paesan 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by kevinley


  • Don't put yourself in a pinch over your Mar. 17 wine and food ... heft, maybe an Italian barbera,” he wrote. Should your Patty palate lean more toward battered fish and french fries Tasker recommended quaffing a California sparkler, noting the bubbles should gently scrub the dish's heavy-handedness. Only a wine of considerable constitution coul... Read More

    From the article St. Patrick's Powerful Palate Demands Equally Powerful Pairings


  • Bought two bottles of Ulises Valdez's 2011 St. Peter's Church Zinfandel ... the flavor is much more like Barber Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Cool...agree with the Barbera/Dolcetto mix, Barbera flavor with Dolcetto acids? Something like that. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Ededred Wines Proprietary Red "ed's Red" California 2011

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    Great wine...especially for the cost. Wowsa Read More

    Wine review by EdMac12345


  • Unfortunately, the place with the best wine selection in Vegas is Total Wine ... ... especially with lots of Barbera, Chianti, Nero d'Avola and so one available at less than $15.  (Case Ibidini has a nice Nero for about $12 which I ought to reload Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • The grapes don't come from Vegas though, Greg. They ship em in from ... ... Merlot, Malbec, Mourvedre, Barbera, Syrah and Zin. I'm sure it delicious. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


  • 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 ...

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