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Barbera is a red wine grape that is most used in Italy.  It has some of the flavor characteristics you would find in a Cabernet Sauvignon but with higher acid levels.  The higher acid levels make it an especially good match for full flavored foods with tomato sauces involved.  Other characteristics of wines from this variety include light tannin levels, deep garnet colors and medium to full body.

Barbera is grown in many places around the world but is at it's best in northern Italy.  In Italy, it makes Barbera d'Asti, Barbera di Alba and Barbera di Monferato, among others.  In warmer growing areas it develops high sugar levels and because of this, the alcohol levels in the wine can be too high.  It's primary use around the world is as a blending agent to bring increased acidity to the final wine.

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