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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  • Italians love Champagne. They enjoy an age-old custom of beginning a meal with ... Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Merlot, Nebbiolo and others, are designated as DOC Terre di Franciacorta or Curtefranca. Franciacorta’s soil is glacial moraine with limestone and a chalky subsoil, ideal for Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Noir. Lake Iseo ... Read More

    From the article Franciacorta is the Next Champagne


  • High Valley Vineyard Barbera High Valley Lake County 2012

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    Red fruit and a bit of alcohol on the nose. Rich red fruit upon entry with juicy acidity and almost non existent tannins. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by cathyg


  • Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2011

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    Wine review by cathyg


  • Renato Ratti Barbera d'Alba 2012

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    Wine review by cathyg


  • Renato Ratti Barbera d'Alba 2012

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    Wine review by cathyg


  • Renato Ratti Barbera d'Alba 2012

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  • Terra d'Oro wines are the more expensive, but their wines are generally ... California appellated (the Barbera was Amador County last time I bought it).Cary Gott continues to consult with wineries up in Amador, especially growers who want to put out their own wine, it seems.  And his own website insists that the Zin he made in Amador was the b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101


  • Misery loves company.  But it was fitting to go from Dino to the pan-Ital ... enjoyed Cooper, known for Barbera, as well.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101


  • Not a good time to bring up the Clips again.  Ouch.Okay, Terra d'Oro Barbera from our excursion.  Thought I wouldn't have a lot of thirst after tasting close to 20 wines today (i know, amateur level), but we finished the bottle.  Then my wife's group drank part of a bottle of Lyrarakis Kostifali, a red from Crete that is like a much better versi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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

    Comment by 493048nooths 493048 nooths


  • 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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