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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    It has been more than hundred years since California wine pioneer Jean Laurent quarried stone fro...

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  • Santo Tomas Barbera 2010

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    Love the 2010, just started getting into reds and can only recommend this to anyone wanting a spicy/sweet, extremely smooth wine. Read More

    Wine review by Tumanator


  • Coming directly off viewing two recent posts in the 'Whatcha drinking tonight?' thread, thought it might be interesting to do a virtual tasting amongst us wide-spread all of, say, a mini-vertical of two different Bourgueil reds vs. a mini-vertical of two different Chinon reds (if each of us could handle the logistics of opening, say, eight diffe... Read More

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  • Hey edwilly - haven't seen you around for a while. I know you know this, ... ... from Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbera and elsewhere, but I've only had a bit of Garnacha that really was something to write home about. And oddly enough, I think much of CA should be a great place for Garnacha, Mourvedre, Bobal, Aglianico, Nero d'Avola, Touriga Naciona... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Greetings Snoothlings...


  • Hi all!Hoping to wade into interesting wine talk (and food talk).  Me, I've been seriously enjoying and exploring wine for just over 20 years. On the red side, right now I'm partial to wines from Spain and the Rhone valley, but other loves are Oregon pinots, really good Italian wines (yes, it's endless, but that's the fun), and wanting to try mu... Read More

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  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2008

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    Wine review by sestri01


  • Redemption.. For Every Faux Pas= 10X redemption in Food Service.Tonite I ... ... to a Table that owns Vietti Barbera and Barolo 2011.They Paid the cellar/house cost of $55 and Enjoyed the Strawberries and youth.. Viva Strawberries and my 8-top table of Vietti owners.. BYW Our $25 corkage Fee has been noted as excessive lately. and.And.Should a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic #1 Wine Dining faux pas nominee


  • Bricco Mondalino Barbera del Monferrato Superiore 2009

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    Quite intense,elegant nose showed little fruits like blackberry,strawberry cherry and red flowers(rose).On the palate medium warm(14%well equilibrated),quite fresh and fine tannicity!Tasted with sopressa,polenta & mushrooms!! Enjoy Read More

    Wine review by holly75


  • Borgo Mocalvo Barbera d'Asti 2008

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    Nice Barbera D'Asti from Piedmont. Fair complexity with earth tones and leather for a well rounded wine. Read More

    Wine review by pboss


  • - possibly the #1 Faux Pas for Wine Dining is to bring a wine that is available on the venues wine list and pay the Cork fee, and it did happen tonight. Belle Gloss Clark and Telephone. Read More

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  • I've had some good Pinot from Carneros, but think you're right Fox, ... ... had an '11 Marcarini Barbera and couldn't remember the last sub $20.00 bottle that I enjoyed as much. I had forgotten the Ramspeck temporarily which was easily my QPR of the year for 201 Read More

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  • The Best of Show winner at the California State Fair this year is an Amador County Barbera. Nice attention for this lesser known varietal.

    Comment by 212777Amador Wine 212777 Amador Wine


  • Still looking for Beverno 2008 by Ponte Family. Where can I buy it in AZ? shirleywright@cox.net

    Comment by 165477shirley1062 165477 shirley1062


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