Buy your tickets now for annual Barbera Festival
Quietly over the past decade Barbera has grown in popularity along with increased plantings in a number of regions around the state and especially the Sierra Foothills. From Tuolumne County to El Dorado County, Barbera vineyards have sourced by a number of local producers and have garnered a number of medals and critical acclaim over the past few years.
Barbera is an Italian grape and has its home in Piedmont in northwestern Italy. The grape type probably made it to California, along with a number of other grape types, as a result of the Gold Rush. It never really flourished like other red grape types, likely as a result of it being over cropped as it is a very aggressive vine with high yields. But more recently California growers have been pruning more aggressively while winemakers want the fruit picked at higher sugars. The result is Barbera loaded with distinctive ripe fruit flavors while retaining its classic cherry notes and bright acidity.
If you want to learn more about Barbera you are in luck, but will have to act quickly.
The fourth annual Barbera Festival takes place June 14 and tickets went on sale this past week. For the fourth year the event will take place at Copper Vineyards in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley. Last year upwards of 1,800 tickets sold out within a week of the March 1 sale date. Over 80 wineries participated ...
The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 14 at Cooper Vineyards in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. For tickets and more information about Barbera and the festival participants, visit their website at www.barberafestival.com.