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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, making 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 Piemontese 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'Asti Tre Vigne 2012 Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2012
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Borgogno Barbera d'Alba 2012 Front Label
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    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba 2012 Front Label
      Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba 2012
      Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Francesco Borgogno Barbera d'Alba 2012 Front Label
      Francesco Borgogno Barbera d'Alba 2012
      Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Massolino Barbera d'Alba 2012 Front Label
        Massolino Barbera d'Alba 2012
        Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Palmina Santa Ynez Valley Barbera 2012 Front Label
        Palmina Santa Ynez Valley Barbera 2012
        Barbera from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2012 Front Label
          Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2012
          Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Jeff Runquist R Dick Cooper Vineyard Barbera 2012 Front Label
            Jeff Runquist R Dick Cooper Vineyard Barbera 2012
            Barbera from Sierra Foothills, California
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            • E. Pira e Figli Barbera d'Alba 2012 Front Label
              E. Pira e Figli 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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              • Borgogno Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2012 Front Label
                Borgogno Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2012
                Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Viberti Bricco Airoci Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2012
                Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Shannon Ridge Betsy Vineyard Barbera 2012
                  Barbera from High Valley, Lake County, North Coast, California
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                  • Marchesi di Barolo Peiragal Barbera d'Alba 2012
                    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Ca'Viola Bric du Luv Barbera d'Alba 2012
                    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Elvio Cogno Bricco dei Merli Barbera 2012
                    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2012
                      Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Casa E. di Mirafiore Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2012
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                    • Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2012
                      Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2012
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