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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  • Welcome to The Grapevine! In this new weekly feature, we'll be asking our ... ... Cava, German whites; Soave, Barbera and Dolcetto from Italy.8.) What’s the biggest myth about wine you’d like to dispel?That the greatest wines are the most expensive. It’s the big lie of the wine world.9.) What’s the best food and wine pairing you’ve ever had?T... Read More

    From the article 10 Questions for Craig Camp


  • Pio Cesare Barbera Barbera d'Alba 2007

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    Leather and cherry on the nose. Bright violets in the mouth with medium acidity. Licorice, coffee bay leaf and cigar wrapper later on the mid palate and a sour cherry finish. White chocolate notes linger. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Castelvero Barbera Araldica 2008

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    Very good! I was in a rush and looking for a decent wine to pair on a Friday ... ... and very smooth, this Barbera had a wonderful fruity (but not too much so!) flavor. Long after the pizza was gone, I kept sipping on the wine as it works well with food or on its own. Highly recommended...especially for the pric Read More

    Wine review by jmd477


  • 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


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