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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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  • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2005 Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2005
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Superiore Bionzo 2005 Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Superiore Bionzo 2005
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Barbera d'Alba Gallina 2005 Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbera d'Alba Gallina 2005
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2005
    Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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    • Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2005 Front Label
      Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2005
      Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Jacuzzi Barbera 2005 Front Label
        Jacuzzi Barbera 2005
        Barbera from Carneros, California
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        • Beni di Batasiolo Barbera d'Alba 2005 Front Label
          Beni di Batasiolo Barbera d'Alba 2005
          Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2005 Front Label
            Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2005
            Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2005 Front Label
            Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2005
            Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Boroli Quattro Fratelli Barbera d'Alba 2005 Front Label
            Boroli Quattro Fratelli Barbera d'Alba 2005
            Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Tamas Estates Barbera 2005 Front Label
            Tamas Estates Barbera 2005
            Barbera from Central Coast, California
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            • Pio Cesare Fides Barbera d'Alba 2005 Front Label
              Pio Cesare Fides Barbera d'Alba 2005
              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2005 Front Label
              Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2005
              Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Coppo Camp du Rouss Barbera d'Asti 2005 Front Label
              Coppo Camp du Rouss Barbera d'Asti 2005
              Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2005 Front Label
              Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2005
              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2005 Front Label
                Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2005
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                • Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2005 Front Label
                  Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2005
                  Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Carlo Giacosa Barbera d'Alba Mucin 2005 Front Label
                    Carlo Giacosa Barbera d'Alba Mucin 2005
                    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Azienda Agricola Ribote di Porro Bruno e Figlio Piemonte Barbera 2005 Front Label
                      Azienda Agricola Ribote di Porro Bruno e Figlio Piemonte Barbera 2005
                      Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Viticoltori Associati di Vinchio-Vaglio Barbera d'Asti Laudana Superiore Nizza 2005 Front Label
                        Viticoltori Associati di Vinchio-Vaglio Barbera d'Asti Laudana Superiore Nizza 2005
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                        • Jeff Runquist R Barbera 2005 Front Label
                          Jeff Runquist R Barbera 2005
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                          • Marchesi Alfieri Barbera d'Asti Alfiera Superiore 2005 Front Label
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                            • Cabutto Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2005 Front Label
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                                • Cigliuti Serraboella Barbera d'Alba 2005 Front Label
                                  Cigliuti Serraboella Barbera d'Alba 2005
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