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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  • Dancin Vineyards Tribute Red Blend Southern Oregon 2013

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    Floral, earthy and dusty aromas with dark, brooding fruit notes of blackberry and black cherry and restrained spice. This is surprisingly juicy and zippy on entry, but finds its character towards the mid palate with more dusty, earthy fruit notes of black cherry, birch bark and a toasty oaken finish that's drying and has good length, with just a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Here in the United States we are on a first-name basis with our wine grapes. ... Blend Southern Oregon 2013Barbera, Sangiovese, NebbioloFloral, earthy and dusty aromas with dark, brooding fruit notes of blackberry and black cherry and restrained spice. This is surprisingly juicy and zippy on entry, but finds its character towards the mid palat... Read More

    From the article The Rise of Non-Traditional Wine Blends


  • Le Ginestre Barbera d'Alba 2012

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    Excellent wine. My husband and I traveled to the vineyard/winery and tasted and purchased this wine. It was a robust, aromatic red wine. We have searched for the past 3 years since returning from living in Germany to find this wine in the US to no avail. Read More

    Wine review by jartiste


  • La Cacciatora Piemonte Barbera 2009

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    some fruits and spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Sobon Estate Barbera Amador County 2014

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    Ripe and fresh cherry and strawberry aromas with notes of cinnamon stick and floral potpourri. This is immediately bright and fresh on the palate with red fruit developing into a bracing acidity and tart puckering cranberry note which fades into an earthy, tarry minerality on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • +1 on Ive showing up!  My luck with the St. Cosme brand hasn't been ... bought some Terra d'Oro Barbera for under $10 that I've enjoyed before.  It was seriously on sale, but it's a good under $20 bottle at reg price.  Looks pretty nice, to Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good Wine, $20 and under


  • Finding myself a little more curious as to what's going on at this price point lately, with neighbors looking to me for advice, and I did hear BLM's call recently as well.So two regions came to mind, not only for reasonable pricing, but for good overall quality potential. The Languedoc in the South of France, and Etna Rosso from the volcanic soi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good Wine, $20 and under


  • Selva Capuzza Garda Classico Rosso Superiore Madèr 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by SilviaFantoni


  • Selva Capuzza Garda Classico Rosso 2013

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    Wine review by SilviaFantoni


  • Selva Capuzza Garda Classico Chiaretto S.Donino 2015

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    Wine review by SilviaFantoni


  • What is your favorite California Winery making Barbera?

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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

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