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Top Five Reasons To Attend Barbera Festival

by Press Release
March 11, 2016

Plymouth, Calif.– With a multitude of choices when it comes to which California wine events to attend, the one-of-a-kind Barbera Festival should be on every wine lovers’ radar.

The Barbera Festival, happening June 11 at Terra d’Oro Winery, has gained the devotion of legions of wine enthusiasts throughout the West. Set in a beautiful meadow under shady oak trees, this event celebrates barbera’s delicious flavors. If that isn’t enough to wet any wine devotee’s palate, here are five solid reasons to consider:

1)Pit the old world against the new. Barbera winemaker Scott Harvey says Amador beats out barbera’s birth place in Italy as the ideal place to grow the grape - see how they stack up by tasting Italian and Californian barberas back-to-back.

2)The Barbera Festival is the one and only event dedicated to barbera, giving tasters a complete picture of this versatile varietal. See (and taste) for yourself why barbera deserves to be a star. Before the 1970s, barbera didn’t have the best reputation. It was best known as a blending grape used in young wines produced in Italy. It wasn’t until winemakers started figuring out the right way to handle the grape that the rest of the winemaking world started to take notice.

3)Learn about barbera, straight from the horse’s mouth. Tasters won’t find just anyone pouring their wines; the actual winemakers and families with their feet in the soil and hands on the vines will be there to talk about their passion.

4)The right food pairings, from highbrow to down-home. Five-star chefs and family restaurateurs line up side-by-side to sell a variety of culinary treats expertly paired with barbera.

5)Taste barbera in the conditions that make it great. Attendees will be standing on the granitic soil and feel the afternoon breeze on their faces that make Amador perfect for barbera. The unique topography, weather and soil of Amador all come together in the glass, which is definitely worth celebrating.

About the Barbera Festival

The Barbera Festival was founded in 2011 to celebrate the barbera variety. The event quickly garnered attention throughout the West and in 2015 moved to the beautiful grounds of Terra d’Oro Winery/Montevina Vineyards, the original home of barbera in Amador County. The festival, which also helped launch the immensely successful Amador Four Fires festival, features more than 80 wineries from across California, fine local cuisine, live music and regional artists. Terra d’Oro Winery/Montevina Vineyards is located at 20680 Shenandoah School Road in Plymouth. All proceeds benefit the non-profit Amador Community Foundation. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to

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