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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  • Produttori de Govone Barbera d'Alba 2008

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    Mellow on the sinuses and the palate, with an enjoyably citrusy finish. A bit of pineapple and a dash of clove. Good. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • Vajra Coste & Fossati Dolcetto d'Alba 2005

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    Since 1972, owners, Milena and Aldo Vaira have been producing Barolo, Barbera d'Alba, Dolcetto d'Alba,on a small-scale on their 40 hectare estate in Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo. Made in the traditional style, their Coste & Fossati Dolcetto d' Alba is a terrific example of the varietal. With generous fruit and judicious a... Read More

    Wine review by mikeoropeza


  • Renwood Sierra Series Barbera 2005

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    Leather aromaJuicy/Blackberry taste Read More

    Wine review by ghick


  • La Cantina Delle 7 Donne Piemonte Barbera 2007

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    Who is this lady winemaker behind Gruppo Casaleone Vini, she really understands winemaking and continous quality control, really love what she produces. Read More

    Wine review by Gruppo Casaleone


  • La Cantina Delle 7 Donne Piemonte Barbera 2007

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    One of the best Barbera's I ever tasted, smooth and fruity and a real joy to drink, great winemaker behind this wine, one of the best creations of Gruppo Casaleone Vini, my compliments! Read More

    Wine review by Gruppo Casaleone


  • Everyone has a favorite "just for fun wine"--one that you drink because it just tastes good. These fun wines are great to fall back on for parties or just enjoying at the end of the day. I had a great "fun" wine this weekend from Debonne Vineyards (Madison, OH) , Razzberry Riesling. The Raspberry brought out the flavors of the Riesling nicely an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic "Just for fun" Wines


  • James Judd & Son Estate Paso Robles Malbec Petite Verdot 2004

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    I tried this wine at the New York wine show. It was my favorite wine - a great ... a terrific Tempranillo and Barbera but under a different label - A Cellar Full of Noise. These are my favorite wines from Paso Roble Read More

    Wine review by Larry A


  • Fiorenzo Nada Nebbiolo Blend Langhe DOC Seifile 2003

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    Awesome, one of Bruno Nada's best Seifile's ever....snap it up if you get the chance, 80% Barbera, 20% Nebbiolo. Class in a glass!! Read More

    Wine review by Volpieluva


  • Big House Wine Company Big House Red 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by bmlarson


  • Michele Chiarlo 2007

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    Fruity, strawberry, round, hint of cherry sweetness Read More

    Wine review by archtop67


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