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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  • Super Bowl XLIX will be played on February 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix ... ... of Syrah, Zinfandel and Barbera$15, 13.5% abv. It's a ripe and fruity red blend with a lot of red cherry elements and a bright, clear mouthfeel. Low acidity and medium tannins, with an aftertaste of blackberries and black cherries. It's an interesting blend of... Read More

    From the article How to Pair Wine with Super Bowl Foods


  • Pio Cesare Barbera Barbera d'Alba 2010

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Wow, a '10 Pets that's already open? Good to hear.Probably because the ... Tempranillo) and Italian (Barbera and Trebbianon) grape varieties.  In addition to these "Estate Grown" grapes, it appears that vint other varieties (e.g., PG, Primitivo and Zinfandel) from other areas.In the descriptions of their wines, they give some grape-variety his... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Robert Biale Vineyards Barbera 2001

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • My name's Dick and I LOVE wine!I'm still in Seattle, on tablet ... ... course JD's G. Conterno barbera d'alba.   What a lucky gu Read More

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  • Hi All,  I hope you all have great Holiday season.I bought some Champagne and other sparkling white wine today and for the first time noticed there is no year indicated on the label. I haven't noticed that before.I am guessing it is only new to me.But I wonder why not all wines indicate the year and what does it mean, if at all.Thanks for your i... Read More

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  • I'm kind of glad this one came back to life as I was checking in for the ... They use the new botte for Barbera for a few years to get the flavor out of it.  They think it adds harsh tannins, etc.  (Generally, they also don't toast very much, either, so you would be getting unpolymerized wood tannins.)  They also insist that the wood for the b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak


  • Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2012

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    Wine review by anchca


  • G.d. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2011

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    Nicely balanced. Slightly savory. Floral and spice notes. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2011

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    A bit hot. Popcorn, spice and vanilla. Minerals and earth. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • 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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