Barbera is among Italy’s most widely planted and popular red wines, especially in the northwestern region of Piemonte, where it produces superb wine from vineyards surrounding the towns of Alba and Asti. There is also a great deal of barbera in California, but most is planted in the Central Valley, where it is cultivated for blending into high-volume generic reds. However, when grown in premium regions like Amador County and cropped properly, barbera can produce a delicious red wine with lush black cherry and plum fruit, a velvety texture, and lively acidity, making it a perfect accompaniment to Italian and other Mediterranean cuisines.