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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  • Giacomo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Cascina 2006


    A great performance from this beauty tonight. Medium red color in the glass. The nose is almost smoky with plum, savory broth, mushrooms and moist earth. On the palate a full body with raspberry, fig, more mushroom and a sweet mid-palate of red fruit that carries this wines brisk acidity to the end. The finish is long and fresh with cherry and c... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • Carlo Giacosa Barbera d'Alba Mucin 2007


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    Wine review by GavP

  • Michele Chiarlo 2006


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    Wine review by jj0

  • La Loggia Barbera d'Alba DOC 2007


    I think sometimes people expect a bit too much when they buy an inexpensive ... about $7 for the La Loggia Barbera and while it didn't bowl me over, it was pleasant and drinkable. Nice fruit, pleasant aroma and OK though short finish. And no fake or candy kind of flavors which you sometimes get with inexpensive wines. This would be a good summ... Read More

    Wine review by judgelog

  • Corregia Barbera D Alba Ml 2004


    Silky quenching cherry fruit, a touch of liquorice. Delicious. Read More

    Wine review by Lindy Hemsley

  • Just ran across this mini-series of articles on Italian varietals in California, and thought it might be of interest: Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian varietals in California

  • Castello del Poggio Barbera Barbera d'Asti 2005


    Excellent...especially for the price.Was on a cruise about a year ago, and I chose this as our table wine the first night and every night after that.Robust, vibrant, and perfect to have with pasta or steak. Read More

    Wine review by jmd477

  • I'm just starting to try wine. Are there any good, non-expensive wines that are not too strong but will ease me into loving wine? I'm nervous on pairing the wrong foods that would ruin the wine. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help - Advice for a Beginner

  • I'm not usually one to pair my wines with food, but this one got me thinking...Would it automatically be a red (like a pinot or shiraz), because of the pasta and marinara sauce?or Would it be a white, because of the turkey? (Isn't poultry usually paired with whites?)Usually, I just drink whatever I am feeling that day and not worry about matchin... Read More

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  • Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte DOC Briccotondo 2007


    Great wine with eggplant parmigian.Nice nose, especially after an hour of decanting. Available now at Whole Foods for less than $11.00!! Read More

    Wine review by habanero61

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