Relatively speaking, Barbera is a newer grape in Washington state, often found near the cool growing climate of the Columbia Valley, in Horse Heaven Hills and Walla Walla.
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.