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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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  • Bonny Doon Ca' del Solo Barbera 2000 Front Label
    Bonny Doon Ca' del Solo Barbera 2000
    Barbera from Central Coast, California
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    • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2000
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        • Renwood Winery Sierra Series Barbera 2000
          Barbera from Sierra Foothills, California
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        • Il Podere Santa Barbara Barbera 2000
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          • La Famiglia Barbera 2000 Front Label
            La Famiglia Barbera 2000
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            • Sebastiani Sonoma Cask Barbera 2000
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              • Renwood Winery Amador County Barbera 2000
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                • Luigi Coppo Barbera d'Asti Camp Du Rous 2000
                  Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2000
                  Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Seghesio Barbera 2000 Front Label
                    Seghesio Barbera 2000
                    Barbera from Sonoma County, California
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                    • Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2000 Front Label
                      Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2000
                      Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti La Court 2000
                        Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2000 Front Label
                          Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2000
                          Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Pepi Barbera 2000
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                          • Ca'Viola Bric Du Luv Langhe Rosso 2000 Front Label
                            Ca'Viola Bric Du Luv Langhe Rosso 2000
                            Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Prunotto Barbera d'Alba Pian Romualdo 2000 Front Label
                              Prunotto Barbera d'Alba Pian Romualdo 2000
                              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia 2000
                              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Chateau de Nages Costieres de Nimes Cuvee Joseph Torres 2000 Front Label
                              Chateau de Nages Costieres de Nimes Cuvee Joseph Torres 2000
                              Barbera from France
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                            • Gallo of Sonoma Barelli Creek Vineyard Barbera 2000 Front Label
                              Gallo of Sonoma Barelli Creek Vineyard Barbera 2000
                              Barbera from Sonoma County, California
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                            • Dante Rivetti Alabarda Barbera d'Alba 2000 Front Label
                              Dante Rivetti Alabarda Barbera d'Alba 2000
                              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                              • Bricco Mondalino Barbera d'Asti Il Bergantino 2000 Front Label
                                Bricco Mondalino Barbera d'Asti Il Bergantino 2000
                                Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                                • Easton Barbera 2000  Front Label
                                  Easton Barbera 2000
                                  Barbera from Shenandoah Valley, Sierra Foothills, California
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                                  • Bava Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza Pianoalto 2000 Front Label
                                    Bava Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza Pianoalto 2000
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                                    • Boroli Bricco dei Fagiani Barbera d'Alba 2000 Front Label
                                      Boroli Bricco dei Fagiani Barbera d'Alba 2000
                                      Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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