Its native home is in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy; the grape arrived in California in the 19th century.
When crafted by experienced winemakers, Barbera somehow tastes both rich and light-bodied, with flavors of dark cherry, strawberries, plums, blackberries, vanilla and anise.
With low tannins, high acidity and juicy flavors, Barbera is a food-friendly palate-pleaser, particularly when paired with turkey, grilled chicken, pizza or spaghetti with meatballs. Or for something simple, try it with rich blue cheese or Reggiano Parmigiano. Delicious!
We have found a few excellent Barberas in Washington state:
- Forgeron Cellars 2009 Barbera, Sagemoor Vineyard, Columbia Valley
- Heaven’s Cave 2009 Two Degrees Barbera, Alder Ridge, Horse Heaven Hills
- Facelli Winery 2009 Barbera, Sagemoor Vineyard, Columbia Valley
- Woodward Canyon 2010 Estate Barbera, Walla Walla
Unfortunately, many of these are now sold out, so please let us know if you’ve found an excellent Washington state Barbera.