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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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  • Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2008 Front Label
    Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2008
    Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Beni di Batasiolo Barbera d'Alba Sovrana 2008 Front Label
    Beni di Batasiolo Barbera d'Alba Sovrana 2008
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2008 Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2008
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2008 Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2008
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2008 Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2008
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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    Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2008
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Damilano Barbera d'Asti 2008 Front Label
    Damilano Barbera d'Asti 2008
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • SXS Step Two Shiraz 2008 Front Label
    SXS Step Two Shiraz 2008
    Barbera from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Walden Cotes du Roussillon 2008 Front Label
    Walden Cotes du Roussillon 2008
    Barbera from Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South of France, France
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2008 Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2008
    Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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    • Montevina Barbera 2008 Front Label
      Montevina Barbera 2008
      Barbera from Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2008 Front Label
        Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2008
        Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Damilano Barbera d'Alba 2008 Front Label
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        Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2008 Front Label
          Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2008
          Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Renato Ratti Torriglione Barbera d'Alba 2008 Front Label
            Renato Ratti Torriglione Barbera d'Alba 2008
            Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Pio Cesare Fides Barbera d'Alba 2008 Front Label
              Pio Cesare Fides Barbera d'Alba 2008
              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2008 Front Label
                G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2008
                Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2008 Front Label
                Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2008
                Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Oddero Barbera d'Asti Vinchio 2008 Front Label
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                  Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2008 Front Label
                  Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2008
                  Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera D'Asti 2008 Front Label
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                  Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Uvaggio Barbera 2008 Front Label
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                    Barbera from Sierra Foothills, California
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                  • Braida Barbera Montebruna 2008 Front Label
                    Braida Barbera Montebruna 2008
                    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Casa E. di Mirafiore Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2008 Front Label
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                    • Attilio Ghisolfi Barbera d'Alba Maggiora 2008 Front Label
                      Attilio Ghisolfi Barbera d'Alba Maggiora 2008
                      Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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