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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  • Coppo Barbera d'Asti Riserva Della Famiglia 2004

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    Wine review by effell


  • Mauro Veglio Barbera d'Alba 2015

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    If not a life-changing experience, this is a perfectly functional wine. Pretty much what I would expect from a relatively low-dollar Italian winelight red fruit, not terribly full-bodied, somewhat tart. Easy to drink by itself or with a meal. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • La Stoppa Trebbiolo Rosso 2014

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    Here the blend is based on between 55-70 percent Barbera and 30-45 percent Croatina (known locally as Bonarda). The wines tend to be softly flavored and well rounded with distinctive cherry. This was given to me by a new friend Therese, she knows her stuff Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne. Vietti 2013

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    Classic italian. Fruity, bright and great with food. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Jim Olsen White Barbera Sierra Foothills 2016

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    A Naked Wines selection. Crystal clear silver pink in the glass. Opens with mango, kiwi, and bubblegum,; then lemon/lime and lilac; then a bit of tomato leaf and slate. Medium full in the mouth; slightly sweet kiwi and lime. Medium acidity. Gets a bit sweeter as the wine sits in the glass. Had this without food, but think this would work very we... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • News travels very fast in our hyper-digital age—sometimes too fast. Or ... dolcetto and (in some cases) barbera. But nebbiolo is not an early-ripening grape, and this made all the difference.Following a tepid August, summer seemed to arrive in September with dry sunny days and temperatures in the ‘80s. While it was too late to make much of a d... Read More

    From the article Nebbiolo Grape News from the Source


  • If you get a Ravera, you should make sure to get the Elvio Cogno as well.  ... ... bottles a pre-phylloxera Barbera that is hard to find over here, but is easily the best and most interesting Barbera I have had, including G. Conterno's.  If you want pre-phylloxera wine, that's worth finding.I don't think $40 a bottle is a bargain but relatively... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Giorgi Vigna Casa del Corno Barbera Croatina Uva Rara Vespolina Buttafuoco Dell'Oltrepo Pavese 2008

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Burgundy with pizza?  Seriously?  Well, maybe if there's no ... ... sauce.  I'll drink Barbera, Sangio, and a bunch of other Italian things, and maybe I'm just being narrow minde Read More

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  • I've come across a few female Somms, or other certificate holders over the years who make a living from working in restaurants by night and managing collectors cellars by day, and/or organizing tastings and events. I suppose most collectors are older gents who enjoy having a good looking, educated woman help them build and keep up their cellars.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The LA Somm Scene


  • 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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