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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  • Hello All,My name is Miriam Elizabeth Leino Eldridge.Before my retirement I worked as a Silicon Valley technical writer, and in that capacity was enabled by my employer, an Italian company with a U.S. Advanced Technology Center,  to travel annually to Italy's Piedmont region, where the company was headquartered. Naturally, I fell in love with th... Read More

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  • Yeah, and Amarone and Barbaresco/Barolo are about as different as you can get, ... ... like Teroldego, Lagrein, Barbera, all of which also age nicely and tend to be a lot cheaper. Most importantly, how long do they intend to keep the wine and where? On top of the fridge is no good for aging. Inside the fridge is way better and if they have a c... Read More

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  • Cooked up one of my favorite easy Italian meals this evening - country style ... ... or Chatus – and Barbera).  Loads of ripe dark fruit on the nose with a hint of licorice and shoe polish. On the palate is ripe blackberry, blueberry pie, a touch of smoke, medium grained tannins, medium acidity and a somewhat long finish. This is opening up n... Read More

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  • Azienda Agricola l'Armangia Piemonte Albarossa Macchiaferro 2010

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    Nice Italian red made from the Albarossa grape (cross between Nebbiolo di ... ... di Dronero or Chatus and Barbera). Loads of ripe dark fruit on the nose with a hint of licorice and shoe polish. On the palate is ripe blackberry, blueberry pie, a touch of smoke, medium grained tannins, medium acidity and a somewhat long finish. This is openi... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Hi, my wife and I received a nice bottle of wine as a wedding present that we've now been cellaring for over 5 years (planning to enjoy on our anniversary in the future when its time, online people suggest to 'hold' still). We've never cellared wine before, but it's been fun to have this special bottle that we're waiting to enjoy together over m... Read More

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  • Question: If I am not a fan of very "Plummy" wines, what are my ... ... I am having a Villa Sparina Barbera del Monferrato to try out. It's very bright, highly acidic, soft tannis, not too plummy...there's some unripe cherry pit to it. Not fantastic but I like the woodsy, slightly dried-matchstick note to it. It's a bistro-kinda wine. Anyone h... Read More

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  • Azienda Agricola Cogno Pre-Phylloxera Barbera d'Alba 2013

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    Floral syrupy aromas with ripe black cherry on the nose and a hint of licorice. Focussed and tart on the palate, this shows a lot of cranberry and cherry flavors with a fair bit of oak on the finish.87 pts Read More

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  • Elio Altare Barbera Langhe DOC Vigna Larigi 2009

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    Lovely wine, but not worth the price, unless you have way more discretionary income than I do. You can easily match the quality of this wine at 1/3rd the price. Read More

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  • Elvio Cogno Barbera d'Alba Pre-Phylloxera 2013

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    Floral syrupy aromas with ripe black cherry on the nose and a hint of licorice. Focussed and tart on the palate, this shows a lot of cranberry and cherry flavors with a fair bit of oak on the finish.87 pts Read More

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  • I really need to go to OT's non-wine related project page and post about ... ... They had sold out of Barbera and Dolcetto; there's talk a Nebbiolo is coming, but I'm skeptical about their location. Then on to Mauritson.I picked up my allocation of 3 each of Jack's Cabin Zin and Westphall Zin while we tasted through all the SVD Rockpile Zins.... Read More

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