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Barbera Wine Varietal Definition

The Vineyard of B.R. Cohn Winery

Originated in Italy, Barbera grapes can be found in many generic red wine blends. The grape is hearty and grapey without a lot of nuances, but helps punch up the flavors of these blends. Well-cultivated and low-cropped Barbera vineyards, however, can produce flavorful grapes that result in a charming wine when bottled separately. This grape is part of the "Cal-Ital" varietal trend in California, but East Coast producers are experimenting with it as well.

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(Updated: 11/19/12 JLD)

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