Cards of Wine

Barbera (Italy)

Barbera is a red wine grape from Piemonte in Italy.

Flavors

Raspberry
Raspberry
Cherry
Cherry
Plum
Blackberry
Herbs
Herbs
Lavender
Lavender
Spices
Spices

Red Berry flavors are typical for Barbera, with hints of Herbs, Almonds, Lavender and Spices.

Oaked Barbera can have flavors of Vanilla and mild Coffee.

Profile

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

BODYLight
TANNINSLow
FRUITMedium
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

Barbera's aromas of cherries, raspberries, and almonds, together with good acidity and light tannins makes it a perfect food wine.

It pairs especially well with lighter types of grilled meat, pasta dishes, tomatoes and mushrooms.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Pasta Bolognese. Spaghetti Carbonara.
Risotto. Mushrom. Truffel.
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).

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 red wines (Barolo, Barbaresco, and Barbera), but their traditional everyday wine has been Dolcetto.

Dolcetto is light and soft and can be drunk young, due to low acidity and soft tannins (Dolcetto literally means "little sweet one").

Today, Barbera is beginning to overtake the everyday wine role in Piemonte. Barbera produces more fruit and the price of Barbera is now lower than the price of Dolcetto.

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

Wines of Piemonte

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

The Ideal Glass

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

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

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

Piemonte Wines