Barbera

Rosa dell Olmo Barbera d’Asti 2018

The Story The Rosa dell Olmo Barbera d’Asti 2018 is a $5.99 Trader Joe’s import wine, I am not sure if this is an exclusive TJ’s wine since I found a wine shop on the internet selling this wine for around $12. This is a DOCG designated wine. Italy has strict rules and regulations pertaining…

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Locations “I” (Italy) Red Blend

The Locations “I” (Italy) Red Blend is a blend of Negroamaro and Nero d’Avoloa from Puglia Southern Italy and Barbera from Piedmont in Northwest Italy. Italy is a land of 2,000 indigenous grapes that have existed very happily until Dave Phinney hit. This is an Italian wine made with California rules. This ain’t DOCG, this ain’t DOC,…

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Renwood Amador County Zinfandel 2011

The Renwood Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2011 is 90% Zinfandel, 5% Primitivo (an Italian twin of the Zinfandel grape), 3% Syrah and 2% Barbera sourced from Renwood Estate vineyards and other old vine vineyards in Amador County. Amador County is located east of the Lodi AVA in the Shenandoah Valley of Northern California. Amador…

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Four Vines Truant Zinfandel 2011

  The 2011 Four Vines Truant Old Vine Zinfandel is 90% Zinfandel, 7% Barbera and 3% Petite Sirah sourced mainly from the Lodi, Paso Robles and Mendocino AVA’s. Here is a brief run down on “old vine” Zinfandel in California, it was first planted by Italian immigrant farmers in the late 1800s as a taste…

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BV Coastal Estates Red Blend 2010

The 2010 BV Coastal Estates Red Blend is produced from Zinfandel grown in the Lodi AVA, Barbera and Merlot from adjacent vineyards in the Paso Robles AVA and the Petite Sirah from the Lake County AVA. BV stands for Beaulieu Vineyards which was founded in the Rutherford AVA of Napa Valley in 1900, though BV…

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Whiplash Redemption Red 2009

The 2009 Whiplash Redemption Red Blend is 65% Syrah, 25% Barbera and 10% Zinfandel sourced from more than one California grape growing AVA. Whiplash wines are the value brand for Reata Wines from Napa Valley.  The Barbera grape was the 2nd most planted grape in Italy until 1985 when a group of idiotic producers added…

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Kenwood Sonoma County Zinfandel 2008

The 2008 Kenwood Sonoma County Zinfandel is 87% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, 2% Sangiovese and 1% Barbera sourced from vineyards in Sonoma, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek. Kenwood has been in business since 1970 and are currently owned by F. Korbel, the California Sparkling wine company. The different lots of grapes from each vineyard were…

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R & B Swingsville Contra Costa Zinfandel 2010

The 2010 R & B Swingsville Contra Costa Zinfandel is 91% Zinfandel (sourced from a single vineyard in the Contra Costa AVA), 5% Barbera (sourced from the same vineyard) and 4% Petite Sirah (sourced from a vineyard in Napa Valley). Contra Costa is located in the northern section of the Central Coast AVA, near the…

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NV Rare Red 4 Grape Blend

The Rare Red 4 Grape Blend is 43% Syrah, 37% Barbera, 11% Zinfandel and 9% Sangiovese sourced from vineyards in more than one California grape growing AVA. This is a non-vintage wine, often winemakers use grapes in their blends from more than one vintage, to allow the blend and the flavor profile to be consistent…

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2009 Castello del Poggio Barbera d’ Asti

The 2009 Castello del Poggio Barbera d’ Asti is sourced from Estate vineyards located near the town of Asti in the Piedmont Province of Northern Italy. The Castello (Castle) del Poggio has been a grape growing Estate sine the 1500’s. but over time the property of subdivided and sold off. Zonin Family Estates acquired all…

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NV Sangue di Giuda (Blood of Judas)

Yeah don’t kiss me, Judas! Found the perfect 90 degree day porch drinker just in time for Easter – Sangue di Giuda! Literally “Blood of Judas” (there’s your Easter tie-in, cuz we’re talking the 13th apostle, not the band) is a pleasantly sweet, smooth and slightly rough around the edges frizzante (meaning lightly sparkling) wine…

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2009 Montevina Amador County Barbera

2009 Montevina Amador County Barbera is sourced from Estate vineyards and contract growers in Amador County, California. Barbera is the 6th most planted red grape in California and Montevina Winery has been growing and producing Barbera since the 1970s. Barbera was the 2nd most planted grape in Italy, until 1985, when some unscrupulous winemakers added Methanol to the wine (a component of Formaldehyde) killing several dozen Italian wine lovers. Barbera has rebounded in recent years and is now the 3rd most planted grape in Italy. If you don’t see many bottles…

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2008 Tamas Estates Double Decker Red

The Tamas Estates Double Decker Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Barbera (the exact proportion of the blend is their little secret) sourced from several estate vineyards in the Central Coast AVA in California. Tamas Estates is the entry level label for Wente Vineyard, the oldest family owned winery in the…

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2009 Project Paso Red Wine Blend

The 2009 Project Paso Red Wine Blend is 37% Grenache, 16% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 11% Mourvedre, 9% Barbera, 8% Lagrein (a grape indigenous to Northern Italy that is related to Syrah and Pinot Noir), 3% Tempranillo and 2% Sangiovese, all sourced from vineyards in Paso Robles, California. The wine is aged in French and…

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