Barbera is the one of the most widely grown grapes in Piemonte, though it stands in the shadow of the exalted Nebbiolo used to make Barolo and Barbaresco. It deserves its own spotlight for yielding wonderful, food-friendly, “people’s wines.” Asti and Alba regions in Piemonte in particular make outstanding wines that are reasonably priced.
You'll notice its unusual combination of dark, rich color and light- to medium-body. Red fruit flavors like sour cherry and red berries add to the surprise. Bright acidity brings it all together and makes it complement even rich, fatty dishes.
Piemonte is the truffle capital of the world, but you can enjoy Barbera just as well with regular fare like pizza, burgers, sausages, and any kind of grilled meats and vegetables. Dishes made with mushroom, herbs, and cooked greens are naturals. Try it with blue cheeses.