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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  • La Corte Barbera d'Asti la Birba 2008


    I really wanted to like this wine and was looking forward to trying it. The beauty was only in the color, a nice maroon. The nose was promising - mostly ripe fruit and sweet jam with hints of vanilla and maple syrup. The sip was salty, highly acidic with medium tannins, and had a very bitter after taste. I'm glad I paired it with Spaghetti... Read More

    Wine review by thewinegal

  • Patrizi Barbera d'Alba 2006


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    Wine review by JOst

  • Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Barbera 2006


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    Wine review by PhysicsTeacher

  • Thanks to our own Gregory Dal Piaz, last night's Snooth team dinner was an epic ... an epic ... 2006 Lava Cap Barbera ( and two electric bottles of Tokaji: a 1993 Hilltop Neszmely ( and a 1999 from... Read More

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  • If you are having someone over for dinner who is not an experienced wine drinker, what do you serve them? Do you get out your best wine, or do you serve them something that is sure to be pleasing? What's the best wine to start a brand new palate on? Read More

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  • Scott Harvey Wines Barbera Mountain Selection 2006


    Spicy and hot on both the nose and palate. Also aromas of red and black fruit. Tasted December 2009. Read More

    Wine review by Heathen83

  • Ruby Hill Dolce Amore 2007


    Dessert Wine. Initially, ethanol dominates on the nose, but eventually red fruit is discernible. Sharp tasting, with mild tastes of cocoa and berry. Read More

    Wine review by Heathen83

  • Ruby Hill Grapeful Red 2007


    Decent blend of 50% Zinfandel, 33% Petite Sirah, and 17% Barbera. Heavy aromas of red fruit and candy. Smooth tannin structure and good acidity. Read More

    Wine review by Heathen83

  • Hello everyone,I wanted to take a moment to introduce my new blog, The V.I.P. Table. Don't worry, this will not interfere with my articles here at snooth, instead, it will give me an outlet to share more of the tidbits, items that aren't big snooth article material or my impressions on a wine or restaurant. I'll be sure to include recipes alon... Read More

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  • Marchesi di Barolo Barbera Barbera del Monferrato Maràia 2007


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    Wine review by newyorkwineguy

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