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.