Italian red wine grape that can produce excellent wine with a flavor redolent of ripe currants with a smoky nuance. Grapes from very hot growing areas have less flavor and produce wines with a higher alcohol content, which makes them better for blending with wines produced from other varieties. Noteworthy Barbera wines come from the Italian regions of Barbera d'Alba, Barbera d'Asti, Barbera del Monferrato, Colli Toronesi and Rubino di Cantavenna.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.