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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Barbera is a late-ripening variety with medium to deep color, low to medium tannin, high acidity, and aromas of red cherry, raspberry, and plum. It is native to the region of , where the best wines are barrel aged to add complexity and spicy flavors. Look to producers such as and for the best expressions of this varietal.
Barbera’s high acidity and low levels of tannin make it a great pairing option for dark meats, steak tartare, herbaceous cheese, porcini mushrooms, and guinea hen.
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