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Barbera

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Friendly, approachable and full of juicy red fruit, Barbera produces wines in a wide range of styles, from youthful, fresh and fruity to serious, structured and age-worthy. Piedmont is the most famous source of Barbera, but it is also planted in a few nearby Italian provinces and remains one of the most widely planted varieties in the country. Barbera actually can adapt to many climates and enjoys success in California—particularly in the Sierra Foothills—and some southern hemisphere wine regions.

Tasting Notes for Barbera

Barbera is a dry, red wine typically marked by flavors of red cherry, raspberry or blackberry. Warmer sites produce Barberas with intensely ripe fruit and complex notes of cocoa, savory spice, anise and nutmeg. Cooler sites will produce a lighter Barbera with more finesse and intriguing notes of cranberry, graphite, smoke, lavender and violet.

Perfect Food Pairings for Barbera

Barbera’s prominent acidity makes it a natural match with tomato-based dishes, so it an easy pairing with a wide array of Italian cuisine. It works just as well with lighter red meat dishes, hamburgers or barbecue.

Sommelier Secrets for Barbera

In the past it wasn’t common or even accepted to age Barbera in oak but today both styles—oaked and unoaked—abound, at least in Piedmont. In fact, many Piedmontese producers today still make a deliciously pure, fruity and unoaked version, intended for earlier consumption. The wine world didn't realize Barbera's potential until Giacomo Bologna's debut of the barrique-aged Barbera called Bricco dell’Uccellone in Asti in the 1960s. Many of the better bottlings of Piemontese Barbera can age gracefully for 10-15 years or more.

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  • Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta Valmorena Barbera d'Asti 2019  Front Label
    Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta Valmorena Barbera d'Asti 2019
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Andis Barbera 2018  Front Label
    Andis Barbera 2018
    Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2018  Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2018
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Braida Montebruna Barbera d'Asti 2018  Front Label
    Braida Montebruna Barbera d'Asti 2018
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2019  Front Label
    Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2019
    Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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    • Coppo L'Avvocata Barbera d'Asti 2020  Front Label
      Coppo L'Avvocata Barbera d'Asti 2020
      Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2020  Front Label
        Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2020
        Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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      • Coppo Barbera d'Asti Camp du Rouss 2017  Front Label
        Coppo Barbera d'Asti Camp du Rouss 2017
        Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
        • WS90
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      • Marchesi di Barolo Peiragal Barbera d'Alba 2018  Front Label
        Marchesi di Barolo Peiragal Barbera d'Alba 2018
        Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Giovanni Rosso Donna Margherita Barbera 2016  Front Label
          Giovanni Rosso Donna Margherita Barbera 2016
          Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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        • Castello di Neive Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2018  Front Label
          Castello di Neive Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2018
          Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Braida Il Baciale Monferrato Rosso 2017  Front Label
            Braida Il Baciale Monferrato Rosso 2017
            Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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            • Enrico Serafino Pajena Barbera d'Alba 2019  Front Label
              Enrico Serafino Pajena Barbera d'Alba 2019
              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Borgogno Barbera d'Alba 2020  Front Label
                Borgogno Barbera d'Alba 2020
                Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Viberti La Gemella Barbera d'Alba 2020  Front Label
                  Viberti La Gemella Barbera d'Alba 2020
                  Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Elvio Cogno Bricco dei Merli Barbera 2019  Front Label
                    Elvio Cogno Bricco dei Merli Barbera 2019
                    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2019  Front Label
                      Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2019
                      Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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