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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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  • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2017  Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2017
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Scott Harvey J and S Reserve Barbera 2017  Front Label
    Scott Harvey J and S Reserve Barbera 2017
    Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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    Ca'Viola Brichet Barbera d'Alba 2017
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barbera d'Alba 2017  Front Label
      Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barbera d'Alba 2017
      Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      Forlorn Hope San Hercurmer delle Frecce Barbera 2017
      Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Edaphos Madhaven Vineyard Barbera 2017  Front Label
        Edaphos Madhaven Vineyard Barbera 2017
        Barbera from Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • Lava Cap Barbera 2017  Front Label
          Lava Cap Barbera 2017
          Barbera from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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        • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
          La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian (375ML half-bottle) 2017
          Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Elio Altare Barbera d'Alba 2017 Front Label
            Elio Altare Barbera d'Alba 2017
            Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Idlewild Fox Hill Barbera 2017  Front Label
              Idlewild Fox Hill Barbera 2017
              Barbera from Mendocino, California
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              • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia 2017  Front Label
                Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia 2017
                Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Jeff Runquist R Dick Cooper Vineyard Barbera 2017 Front Label
                Jeff Runquist R Dick Cooper Vineyard Barbera 2017
                Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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