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Italy: Piedmont: Barbera

What is Barbera?
Barbera is a grape native to Piedmont, a cool region at the foot of the Italian Alps. It tends to produce fragrant wines of moderate weight with sharp acidity. As such, they work quite well at the table. Most Barberas will be labeled either Barbera d’Alba or Barbera d’Asti. Barbera from Alba is grown in the same general region as Barolo and Barbaresco, and the wines tend to have more power and weight than those grown in neighboring Asti. Additionally, they tend to share some of the same aromatic features as their more famous cousins, with a greater tendency toward the fruit spectrum of flavors. Earlier ripening than Nebbiolo, the varietal responsible for Barolo and Barbaresco, Barbera is planted in the parts of the vineyard that can’t ripen Nebbiolo: generally lower elevations and north facing slopes. While Barbaresco and Barolo are special occasion wines, Barbera can be viewed as a wine for all occasions and an excellent introduction to the style of the region.

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Braida/Giacomo Bologna (Bricco dell’Uccellone, Ai Suma, & Bricco della Bigotta)
Cascina Ballarin (Giuli)
Enzo Boglietti (Vigna dei Romani)
Ceretto (Piana)
Michele Chiarlo (La Court)
Domenico Clerico (Trevigne & Normale)
Contratto (Solus AD & Panta Rei)
Matteo Correggia
Domenico Filippino
Silvio Grasso
Icardi (Suri di Mu)
Gianluigi Lano
Franco Martinetti (Montruc)
Fratelli Monchiero
La Morandina
Giuseppe Rinaldi
Albino Rocca
Bruno Rocca
Luciano Sandrone
Paolo Scavino (Affinato in Carati)
La Spinetta (Ca’ di Pian)
Valdinera (Ca’ Rusa)
Eraldo Viberti (Vigna Clara)


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Fratelli Abrigo
Elio Altare
Fratelli Boffa
Michele Chiarlo (Valle del Sole)
Cascina Chicco
Fratelli Cigliuti
Elvio Cogno (Bricco dei Merli)
Giacomo Conterno
Contratto (Bricco della Fanciullaccia)
Coppo (Camp du Rouss & Avvocata)
Corino
Bruno Giacosa
Carlo Giacosa (Lina)
Fratelli Giordano
Giribaldi
Fratelli Grasso
Manzoni (La Serra)
Carlo Marenco (Vigna Sesto)
Rino Martinengo (Bricco del Donnaiolo)
Franco Martinetti (Bric dei Banditi)
Stefanino Morra (Castellinaldo)
Andrea Oberto (Giada & Vigneto Boiolo)
Elvio Pertinace (La Vinia)
Prunotto (Pian Romualdo)
Rocche Costamagna (Annunziata & Rocca della Rocche)
Paolo Scavino (Normale)
La Sera (Il Cielo)
Enrico Serafino
GD Vajra


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Gianni Gagliardo
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Carlo Giacosa (Vigna Mucin)
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Neirano
Pelissero (Piani)
Armando Piazzo (Mugiot)
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Prunotto (Fiulot)
San Biagio
La Sera (Monferrato)
Torregiorgi
Romano e Lorenzo Veglio (Elisa)
Vicara (Contico della Crosia)
Giacomo Vico
Vietti (Tre Vigne & Normale)
Villa Baglio

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