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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  • The white was a hit last night. Let's see what the red has in store for us. Blend of Barbera, Montepulciano and Aglianico made in a fresh Beaujolais  style. Great daily drinker. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Okay, it was dinner out with the folks at Oakland's Pizzaiolo, right down ... ... a few more dolcetti and barbera to seek out..) Even without discounts, Abbona's wine is a deal at around $20 for a great daily drinker+.  She makes nebbiolo now, too, but is really a specialist in dolcetto.  Better than Chionetti, in my opinion, and it has long ... Read More

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  • When we talk about Zinfandel we often tend to focus on those most familiar to ... Grenache, Petite Verdot and Barbera from Shannon Ridge Winery.  Lovely on the nose with floral and citrus pith aromas over a base of rusty red fruit. A Iittle plump in the mouth and with some obvious sweetness supporting the cranberry, cherry and herb tinged flav... Read More

    From the article Unheralded Zinfandel


  • Shannon Ridge Playtime 2012

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    A Zinfandel blend with small amounts of Grenache, Petite Verdot and Barbera from Shannon Ridge Winery. Lovely on the nose with floral and citrus pith aromas over a base of rusty red fruit. A Iittle plump in the mouth and with some obvious sweetness supporting the cranberry, cherry and herb tinged flavors but this retains great freshness and ma... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Currently trying to decide between margaritas and tacos for dinner, or a Barbera and homemade pizza. While I'm deciding am remembering being divebombed at Eric Ericsson's on the Pier  in Ventura.As a restaurant it sometimes has its issues, but in an earlier incarnation it was a HS datespot for me, thus a residual fondness. Plus it's on the Ventu... Read More

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  • Umm, I haven't really bought any wine aside from group bottles at ... ... Poggio di Salvo), and a 2011 Barbera. After the trip and in anticipation of either moving or starting the remodel, I'm on SIWBM. I do accept gifts, howeve Read More

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  • Seagulls? just asking other newbies. Read More

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  • Maybe.The reason is that there's a heirarchy in Italy. Langhe is a DOC, or ... on the other hand, you have Barbera. They used to plant a little of that on the hillside to mix with the Nebbiolo and also to make a wine that they could actualy drink in their lifetimes.Typically, as compared to a Nebbiolo wine, Barbera can be dark in color like a ... Read More

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  • So much good value in Italy...I feel $20-25 spent on Italian wine is on such a ... a ... Good Langhe Nebbiolo, Barbera d'Alba. Chianti (Classico & Riserva).There is much I'm leaving out but I'm happiest in Piedmonte (&Burgundy) these day Read More

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  • Vietti Barbere d'Asti Tre Vigne 2010

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    Wine review by karamoore


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