Learn about Barbera

Amador Barbera wines

Two Barbera wines from the Sierra Foothills – Amador County

Learn about Barbera – The Italian grape

The Barbera grape is best known as the Italian wine grape found in the Piedmonte region of Italy. Two villages close to one another, Asti and Alba, produce the finest Barbera wines of Italy. In California, Barbera vines are found in many places. Amador County is providing the best of California Barbera. The terroir in the Amador region has many similarities to those of Asti and Alba.

The Character of Barbera

Barbera is a fun wine. It is generally light-to-medium with red fruit flavors. The balanced acidity and low tannins in Barbera wines make it ideal for foods, especially tomato-based dishes.  The California version of Barbera tends to be more medium bodied to light heavy. There is also less acidity than the Italian versions of Barbera. A good strategy to learn about Barbera is to do a side-by-side comparison between Barbera d’ Asti or Barbera d’ Alba and a Barbera from the Sierra Foothills.

Under $20 Barbera wines we like

  • Sobon Barbera – Nob Hill Stores  $14
  • Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera D’Asti – Costco $13
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Foods we like with Barbera

  • Spaghetti Marinara
  • Margharite Pizza
  • Roast chicken
  • Paella