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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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  • Patrizi Barbera d'Alba 2020  Front Label
    Patrizi Barbera d'Alba 2020
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2019  Front Label
      Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2019
      Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera 2019  Front Label
        Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera 2019
        Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
        • WW90
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      • Pertinace Barbera d'Alba 2019  Front Label
        Pertinace Barbera d'Alba 2019
        Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Enrico Serafino Pajena Barbera d'Alba 2019  Front Label
        Enrico Serafino Pajena Barbera d'Alba 2019
        Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Borgogno Barbera d'Alba 2020  Front Label
          Borgogno Barbera d'Alba 2020
          Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera d'Asti 2020  Front Label
          Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera d'Asti 2020
          Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2020  Front Label
          Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2020
          Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Tenute Neirano Barbera D'Asti Superiore Tirteo 2019  Front Label
            Tenute Neirano Barbera D'Asti Superiore Tirteo 2019
            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2020  Front Label
            Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2020
            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d'Asti 2020  Front Label
            Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d'Asti 2020
            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2018  Front Label
            La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2018
            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2020  Front Label
            G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2020
            Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2019  Front Label
              Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2019
              Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Giovanni Rosso Donna Margherita Barbera 2016  Front Label
              Giovanni Rosso Donna Margherita Barbera 2016
              Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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            • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2019  Front Label
              Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2019
              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Bava Pianoalto Nizza 2014  Front Label
              Bava Pianoalto Nizza 2014
              Barbera from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Scott Harvey J and S Reserve Barbera 2018  Front Label
              Scott Harvey J and S Reserve Barbera 2018
              Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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            • Marchesi di Barolo Peiragal Barbera d'Alba 2018  Front Label
              Marchesi di Barolo Peiragal Barbera d'Alba 2018
              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Castello di Neive Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2018  Front Label
                Castello di Neive Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2018
                Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Castello di Neive Barbera d'Alba Santo Stefano 2020  Front Label
                  Castello di Neive Barbera d'Alba Santo Stefano 2020
                  Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Coppo L'Avvocata Barbera d'Asti 2020  Front Label
                    Coppo L'Avvocata Barbera d'Asti 2020
                    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Bava Libera Barbera d'Asti 2019  Front Label
                      Bava Libera Barbera d'Asti 2019
                      Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2019  Front Label
                      Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2019
                      Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Braida Bricco dell' Uccellone Barbera d'Asti 2018  Front Label
                        Braida Bricco dell' Uccellone Barbera d'Asti 2018
                        Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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