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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  • Frappato is another low-tannin wine grape.  Occhipinti makes one that is ... ... well-distributed. Barbera is also pretty low in tannins, although lots of winemakers have dolled it up with oak, which adds tannin to it.&nbs Read More

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  • I have just read the most illuminating post I have ever read, "which red wines are most tannic", wow guys great details and some useful info.  But I'm most interested in the least tannic red wines.Reason?I have gout and tannins play havoc on gout and while I still want to try and enjoy Red Wine, esp good red wine I can longer drink medium or hig... Read More

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  • I'm with you on the Barbera pricing. Drinking a $10 Barbera right now. A little on the sweet side, lots of fruit, but all in all a really good wine for the price and especially for a Wednesday night with pizza. Unfortunately I'm having it with some "previously frozen" Alaskan cod at the moment. The Conterno is a better wine but for the price, th... Read More

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  • I was tempted to come down but really couldn't get away--we have way too ... a hard time with the idea of Barbera that costs more than $20-ish, but the G. Conterno and the Cogno pre-phylloxera were the absolute standouts of my trip last year for that grape.&nbs Read More

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  • Well DV, if you like Barbera, the place is an Italian place with a chef from Sicily and an Italian wine list. The owner actually pulled out a La Gerla but we didn't open it. He has been collecting wine himself for many years and has a few thousand bottles he wants to drink with someone. He particularly likes Spain and when he heard that I had so... Read More

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  • Greg got kidnapped!  :)That looks like the kind of night that happens very ... way, I opened the Conterno Barbera d'Alba you gave me.  I had ambitions to hold it for a couple of years, but Sunday was a great dinner of lasagna my wife made.  We'd already had a couple of BC cab/merlot blends before dinner, so Chester had a look in my fridge for a... Read More

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  • Had the pleasure to taste with GregT in San Diego yesterday evening. I had the idea to pair up Greg and a friend from the Netherlands who was in San Diego for a convention, due to their interest in Tokaj, and it seemed to work well, everyone having a good time.Lessons Learned: Harslevelu is good stuff, and probably my new favorite white wine gra... Read More

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  • Very interesting, Al.  Thanks for posting.  I have to agree, though, ... $50.Pio Cesare 2011 Fides Barbera d'Alba for $75.A couple Chianti Classicos for less than $100.There also seem to be some good choices in the "Spain" section.  I'll let somebody else comment on the "France" section.On the other hand, it appears that you enjoyed yourself i... 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

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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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