is a long-standing debate over the gender of this noun: is it feminine
or masculine? Many say it's masculine, like the characteristics
of its wine. Its reputation as an excellent wine can withstand such
arguments. By the way, in local dialect, Barbera is a feminine noun.
Its colour is a deep reddish purple, rich in vibrant tones. Its
bouquet is redolent of fruits and flowers: peaches, apples and wild
flowers. Its flavour is full bodied and well structured, with acid
levels that help it age well. It is good in company with fried foods,
boiled dinners, ripe cheeses and the traditional bagna càuda,
a rich anchovy and garlic fondue.
The minimum alcohol content for the Barbera d'Alba is 12%: it should
be served generously, but never at a temperature below 58°F
or 14 to 16°C.