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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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  • Ca'Viola Brichet Barbera d'Alba 2012 Front Label
    Ca'Viola Brichet Barbera d'Alba 2012
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Quattro Mani Barbera 2012 Front Label
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      • Paitin Barbera d'Alba Serra 2012 Front Label
        Paitin Barbera d'Alba Serra 2012
        Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Sottimano Barbera d'Alba Pairolero 2012 Front Label
          Sottimano Barbera d'Alba Pairolero 2012
          Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Carlin de Paolo Barbera d'Asti 2012 Front Label
            Carlin de Paolo Barbera d'Asti 2012
            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Domenico Clerico Trevigne Barbera d'Alba 2012 Front Label
              Domenico Clerico Trevigne Barbera d'Alba 2012
              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Antica Casa Scarpa Casa Scarpa Barbera d'Asti 2012 Front Label
                Antica Casa Scarpa Casa Scarpa Barbera d'Asti 2012
                Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Vino Noceto Linsteadt Barbera 2012 Front Label
                  Vino Noceto Linsteadt Barbera 2012
                  Barbera from California
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                  • Terra d'Oro Barbera 2012 Front Label
                    Terra d'Oro Barbera 2012
                    Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                    • Lava Cap Barbera 2012 Front Label
                      Lava Cap Barbera 2012
                      Barbera from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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                      • Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2012 Front Label
                        Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2012
                        Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Borjon Barbera Reposado 2012 Front Label
                          Borjon Barbera Reposado 2012
                          Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                          • Boeger Barbera 2012 Front Label
                            Boeger Barbera 2012
                            Barbera from California
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                            • Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2012 Front Label
                              Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2012
                              Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Elvio Cogno Bricco dei Merli Barbera 2012 Front Label
                              Elvio Cogno Bricco dei Merli Barbera 2012
                              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barbera d'Alba 2012 Front Label
                              Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barbera d'Alba 2012
                              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Montevina Barbera 2012 Front Label
                              Montevina Barbera 2012
                              Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                            • Jacuzzi Barbera 2012 Front Label
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                              Barbera from Carneros, California
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                              • Prunotto Barbera d'Alba Pian Romualdo 2012 Front Label
                                Prunotto Barbera d'Alba Pian Romualdo 2012
                                Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                              • Damilano Barbera d'Asti 2012 Front Label
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                                Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                                • Pio Cesare Fides Barbera d'Alba 2012 Front Label
                                  Pio Cesare Fides Barbera d'Alba 2012
                                  Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                                • Villa Sparina Barbera del Monferrato 2012 Front Label
                                  Villa Sparina Barbera del Monferrato 2012
                                  Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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                                  • Amador Foothill Barbera 2012 Front Label
                                    Amador Foothill Barbera 2012
                                    Barbera from Shenandoah Valley, Sierra Foothills, California
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                                    • Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d'Asti 2012 Front Label
                                      Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d'Asti 2012
                                      Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                                      • Uvaggio Barbera 2012 Front Label
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                                        Barbera from Lodi, California
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