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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 di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2003 Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2003
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barbera d'Asti La Crena 2003 Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Asti La Crena 2003
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Quorum Barbera d'Asti 2003 Front Label
    Quorum Barbera d'Asti 2003
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Borgogno Barbera d'Alba 2003 Front Label
    Borgogno Barbera d'Alba 2003
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    • Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2003 Front Label
      Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2003
      Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Coppo L'Avvocata Barbera d'Asti 2003 Front Label
        Coppo L'Avvocata Barbera d'Asti 2003
        Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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      • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2003 Front Label
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        Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2003 Front Label
          Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2003
          Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Beni di Batasiolo Barbera d'Alba 2003 Front Label
            Beni di Batasiolo Barbera d'Alba 2003
            Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Tamas Estates Barbera 2003 Front Label
            Tamas Estates Barbera 2003
            Barbera from Central Coast, California
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            • Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2003
              Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Seghesio Barbera 2003
              Barbera from Sonoma County, California
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              • Maccario Barbera d'Asti DOC Berro 2003 Front Label
                Maccario Barbera d'Asti DOC Berro 2003
                Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2003 Front Label
                  Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2003
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                  • Villa Sparina Rivalta 2003 Front Label
                    Villa Sparina Rivalta 2003
                    Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Renwood Winery Sierra Series Barbera 2003 Front Label
                      Renwood Winery Sierra Series Barbera 2003
                      Barbera from Sierra Foothills, California
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                      • Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2003 Front Label
                        Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2003
                        Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Pacific Star Barbera 2003 Front Label
                          Pacific Star Barbera 2003
                          Barbera from Mendocino, California
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                          • Neirano Barbera D'Asti 2003 Front Label
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                            • Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera 2003  Front Label
                              Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera 2003
                              Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                              • Bava Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza Pianoalto 2003 Front Label
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                                • Woodward Canyon Barbera 2003 Front Label
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                                  Barbera from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                  • Costa di Bussia Barbera d'Alba Campo del Gatto 2003 Front Label
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                                      • Sebastiani Barbera 2003  Front Label
                                        Sebastiani Barbera 2003
                                        Barbera from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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