Cards of Wine

Barbera (Italy)

Barbera is a red wine grape from Piemonte in Italy.

Typical Flavors


Red Currant
Red Currant
Raspberry
Raspberry
Cherry
Cherry
Plum
Blackberry

Mineral
Minerals
Herbs
Herbs
Roses
Roses
Spices
Spices

Red Berry flavors are typical for Barbera.

Hints of Minerals, Herbs, Roses, and Spices.

Barbera Profile

Barbera has high acidity, good fruit aromas, and little tannins:

BODYMedium - Low
TANNINSMedium - Low
FRUITMedium Plus
ACIDITYHigh
Serving temperature:
15-16°C (59-61°F)

Food Pairing


Pasta
Pasta
Risotto
Risotto
Mushroom
Mushroom
Truffle
Truffle

Pizza
Pizza
Hamburger
Hamburger
Sausages
Sausages
Salami
Salami

Ham
Ham
Chicken
Chicken
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork

Berry aromas, good acidity and light tannins make Barbera a perfect food wine.

It pairs well with rich foods, meats, and earthy mushrooms, as well as with lighter types of grilled meat, pasta and tomato based dishes.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Risotto. Mushrom. Truffel.
Pasta Bolognese. Spaghetti Carbonara.
Pizza. Tomato Sauces.
Smoked Ham. Prosciutto. Salami.
Grilled Meat. Chicken. Rabbit. Pork.
Meatballs. Sausages.

Cheese:
Medium Cheeses.
Fontina. Taleggio. Briscola.

Piemonte Spesialities:
Osso Buco.
Stewed Rabbit.
Risotto al Tartufo Bianco (White Truffles).
Mushroom Pizza with Truffle Oil.

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The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About Barbera

The Barbera grape probably originates from Monferrato. Papers from 1246, found in the Cathedral of Casale Monferrato, describes planting in the Monferrato vineyards.

The people of Piemonte have always enjoyed their famous tannic red wines Barolo, and Barbaresco. But their traditional everyday wines are Dolcetto and Barbera.

Both are light and soft and can be drunk young, due to nice acidity and soft tannins.

Barbera is the most-planted red grape variety in Piemonte.

When it comes to Barbera, there are two important areas (cities): Alba and Asti. The wines from Asti (Barbera d'Asti) tends to be fruitier and lighter than the wines from Alba (Barbera d'Alba).

The hills around Alba are famous for the production of Nebbiolo wines (Barolo and Barbaresco), and this reflects in Barbera d'Alba that tends to see little oak treatment during vinification.

DOC(G)

DOC(G)Spesification
Barbera d’Alba
DOC 1970
Communes in
Cuneo / Alba
85% Barbera
+ Nebbiolo
12.0% Alcohol
Barbera d’Alba Superiore
DOC 1970
Communes in
Cuneo / Alba
85% Barbera
+ Nebbiolo
12.5% Alcohol
12 months Aging
4 months in Barrel
Barbera del Monferrato
DOC 1970
Communes in
Alessandria / Asti
85% Barbera
+ Freisa, Grignolina, Dolcetto
12.0% Alcohol
Barbera del Monferrato Superiore
DOC 1970 - DOCG 2008
Communes in
Alessandria / Asti
85% Barbera
+ Freisa, Grignolina, Dolcetto
13.0% Alcohol
14 months Aging
6 months in Barrel
Barbera d’Asti
DOC 1970 - DOCG 2008
Communes in
Alessandria / Asti
90% Barbera
12.0% Alcohol
Min 4 months Aging
Barbera d’Asti Superiore
DOCG 2008
Communes in
Alessandria / Asti
90% Barbera
12.0% Alcohol
14 months Aging
6 months in Barrel
Nizza
DOCG 2014
18 Communes in Asti
100% Barbera
13.0% Alcohol
18 months Aging
6 months in Barrel
Nizza Riserva
DOCG 2014
18 Communes in Asti
100% Barbera
13.0% Alcohol
30 months Aging
12 months in Barrel

Piemonte (Piedmont)

Piemonte has been an important wine province since Roman times. The area is influenced both culturally and climatically by the Alps in the north, and the Ligurian coast in the south.

Piemonte

Primary Grapes:

Barbera (30%)
Moscato (20%)
Dolcetto (15%)
Nebbiolo (10%)

Piemonte

Nebbiolo (the power of the Barolo and Barbaresco) is the most famous grape of Piemonte, followed by the red grapes Barbera and Dolcetto.

For whites, Cortese and Arneis are the most popular grapes.

For dessert, the off-dry, sparkling Moscato d'Asti is the queen.

The most important wine regions are:

  • Asti (Barbera d'Asti)
  • Langhe (Nebbiolo, Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera di Alba, Dolcetto, Roero)
  • Monferrato (Barbera del Monferrat, Nizza, Cortese di Gavi)
  • North (Gattinara, Ghemme)

Piemonte has 17 DOCG regions: