Some would say that Amador County produces the best barbera in the world. Not sure? Want to make that determination for yourself? This weekend, Sept., Sept. 11–13, you have the opportunity to confirm this claim by attending, virtually or in person, the 10th annual Barbera Festival. In years past, this festival happens in a single location and gathers barbera producers and wine enthusiasts from all over for a grand tasting event. In 2020, however, to support public health standards and protocols, the festival has gone under a bit of a transformation. Attendees can participate virtually or in person at individual participating wineries. (Reservations are strongly recommended.)
Not familiar with barbera? It’s a red grape variety that was originally planted in Amador County in the early 1970s. It hails from Italy, and can be produced in a variety of styles, from bright and juicy to dark and rich. One characteristic that makes this red wine unique is its higher natural acidity and lower tannin level, which makes it an ideal partner for food.
This weekend, Amador wineries will be showcasing the beloved barbera in unique and interesting ways, with tastings, food pairings, promotional pricing and virtual experiences. For more information, please visit https://barberafestival.com/.