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 was messing around on Domaine547, somehow stumbled onto Snooth, and dove right in. Long time beer/cocktail drinker, but wine manages to slip in now and then. Just wanted to say hi to everyone, but instead of the usual "hi I'm new/welcome newbie" thread, I thought any repliers should also toss in their favorite red wine, and maybe a little tidb... Read More

    Forum post in the topic "Hi My Name Is" / Favorite Red

  • Would be interested in hearing from people here about any redwine and fish, crustacean, mollusk, etc. combinations they/you have found to work successfully. Having been initiated at the beginning of my wine tippling into the traditional white-for-fish, red-for-meat school of thought, I've since found that several reds and roses can work just fin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Seafood and Red Wine

  • Not surprisingly I get asked many questions about wine.  While some fall ... high in acid: Italy’s Barbera and Sangiovese. Both offer a good way to check how tolerant you are of elevated levels of acidity. In fact most Italian wine can be thought of as high acid, in that they do exhibit a leaner, more acidic profile than grapes more commonly a... Read More

    From the article Wine 101 - Down the Road to Collecting

  • I need a recommendation. I loooooove to cook, and I've discovered a lot of recipes that call for wine. I've been cooking with just a bottle of $10 white wine. Is this the right thing to do, or should I actually buy "cooking wine"? To me, actual wine would seem better, but I'm new at this. Also, I cooked a recipe that called for about 3 cups of r... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cooking with wine

  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by lgroener

  • Bruno Verdi Red Blend Oltrepò Pavese Sangue di Giuda Paradiso 2006


    Definitely a wine to savor over peeled sliced peaches!!Go Paolo! Read More

    Wine review by bazziniwine1

  • Oddero Barbera di Alba 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by coslattery

  • Gaja Langhe Sitorey 1998


    one of my favorites. It is very harmonic and elegant wine. Read More

    Wine review by hull

  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by jpiscionere

  • Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne Domenico Clerico Piedmont 2005


    Showing very mute tonight. My memories of this bottle included lush intense fruit on the nose and a full bodied performance on the palate but this is far from what I recall. Tonight's bottle showed some red fruit, cedar and quite a bit of heat on the nose. On the palate it shows some currant and vanilla with a drying, short finish. Possible bad ... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

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