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by Fred McMillin
Acres and Acres of Errors?
...Master of Wine Jancis Robinson's Vines, Grapes and Wines
The Rest of the Story
Barbera is the most widely-planted grape in Italy's best red-wine district, Piedmont (foot of the mountain). Instead of so much Central Valley planting, maybe California should have planted more Barbera at the foot of the mountains, the Sierra Foothills, that is.
But wait. Listen to British authority Stephen Brook. "A handful of growers and producers in the Sierra Foothills are taking Barbera seriously."
One of them is the Sobon family, who turned out...
Our Wine of the Day
1998 Barbera, Sobon Family Vineyards,
Postscript—Go West, Young Man...er, Grape
The Malbec went west to Argentina, where it has achieved greater heights than in its Bordeaux-area home. The Petite Sirah went west from the Rhone to California, where it now produces reds far superior to the little that's still made in France. California Zinfandel is far superior to its European counterparts, such as Italy's Primitivo. Compared to the ordinary Barberas I tasted in Piedmont in the past, Barbera is going to be glad it came West, too.
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12/20/00—A Fight to the Finish
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This page created December 2000