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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  • I've found myself recently heading for much more acidic reds -- mainly Italian. Probably to do with the fact that my Significant Other has been demanding I make gnocchi about twice a week. There's got to be a bite with that much starch. With whites I've loved Rhône-style things for years, and southern French wines -- Marsanne/Roussane-based thin... Read More

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  • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca' di Pian 1999

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    Decanted about 60min. Fruity perfume on the nose. Concentrated, juicy and complex with a smooth body, notes of tobacco, cranberry and black cherry on the palette. Intense cherry and plum finish.Paired well with pesto sauce, complementing its earthiness. Read More

    Wine review by atonalprime


  • Scott Harvey Wines Barbera Mountain Selection 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by lusciousdough


  • Viansa Barbera Sonoma County Augusto 2005

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    I found this wine at the Grocery Outlet which sells many closeout wines. Once in a while you find jewel, and this was it. $6.95 bottle. I bought a case, but will go back for the rest. This very good. Read More

    Wine review by Wino Rick


  • Giorgio Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Piani 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by rzakharov


  • Selvapiana's Bucerchiale is one of my absolute favorite Chiantis'. The 2006 is a classic in the making. It needs another 3 years or so to really start drinking well, and will last improve for a decade beyond that. It's world class wine for $25. That is a deal!No affiliation with the store. Read More

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  • Isabella Oddero in the cellars I had the pleasure of welcoming Isabella Oddero ... ... the 2007 Bianco and 2006 Barbera d’Alba that I had previously tasted in the cellars. For those of you not familiar with Oddero it’s a historic Cantina of La Morra, in Piemonte, yet produced wines from many of the villages that constitute Barolo. The wines ar... Read More

    From the article Isabella Oddero Visits New York


  • Duca di Castelmonte Cent'Are Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2006

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    Reminds me a little of the Cent'are Cabernet/Barbera blend; I'm not well-versed enough in wine to know if that's due to a wine making technique or if the two share a common varietal. I'm looking for info that could inform me.Wine needs a little decanting. Read More

    Wine review by HollyHosler


  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2007

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    Love this wine. Great all around blend that pairs well with everything. Great value for the price. Read More

    Wine review by jbsonoma


  • Oddero Barbera di Alba 2006

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    Sweet and sour fruits on the nose are uncomplicated yet pure and bright. The classic Barbera acidity keeps this bright and zesty on the palate as well with a clear, slightly bitter black cherry tone and nice accents of tar, earth and violet than add nice length on the finish. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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