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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  • Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia DOC 2007


    Dark crimson red color in the glass. The nose is like a basket of fresh picked, super ripe berries followed by holiday spices, new leather and a bit of oak. Some heat is present but does not detract from the experience. On the palate you find masses of dark fruit, sour licorice, pepper and bitters. Very balanced with the acidity showing just a b... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • Imagery Barbera Sonoma County 2005


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    Wine review by terryk927

  • Sobon Estate Zinfandel Amador County Hillside Vineyard 2008


    Maybe this deserves a four.This wine is a blend of Zin, Cab Sauv, Barbera, Syrah, Petite Syrah. Quality oak flavors and smooth, almost invisible tannins are surrounded by flavors from at least three or four fruits ranging from Raspberry and Cherry to cranberry. The jam-flavors are accented by a gentle peppery slap that reminds you that Califor... Read More

    Wine review by gandyands

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  • Hi fellow Snooths.. I just joined the group and live in the Bay Area, home of ... ... Petit Verdot, Mouvedre, Barbera, Shiraz, and Bordeaux blends, too! I never turn down a well made, floral Sauvignon Blanc, and definitely NEVER turn down a vintage French champagne either. My friends call me Da Wine Dog since I have a great palate, lots of kn... Read More

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  • Araldica di Piemontesi Barbera d'Asti Superiore Albera 2007


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    Wine review by BaronVonMismatch

  • Michele Chiarlo 2006


    A fair mix of fruit, fragrant and light. Easy to drink on its own though it did go well with a caramelized onion torte. Read More

    Wine review by Coastalcorks

  • Hello fellow wine lovers! I'm new to this site, but I am thoroughly enjoying all of the information. I've learned so much from reading the posts. I look forward to your contribution to my knowledge of wines. Read More

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  • Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore Valley Southern Hills 2007


    Fruity with a strong taste of cherry and vanilla. Dry with an overly sour finish. Light with little depth. Not well balanced. Bad wine. Quite a come down from previous efforts. Stay away. 71. Read More

    Wine review by KentuckyHillbilly

  • La Nunsio Barbera d'Asti Superiore Ideale 2003


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    Wine review by dante filippelli

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