Ah yes, how nice a glass of barbera hits the spot with a pasta in red sauce or even a traditional margherita pizza. The pronounced acidity and berry-driven flavors of barbera makes it a cinch for many food pairings, and we in the Sacramento area are fortunate that this Italian variety finds a good expression around the area. So, mark your calendar for the 2011 Barbera Festival, which will be held on June 11 at Cooper Ranch in Shenandoah Valley (21365 Shenandoah School Rd., Plymouth). Cooper Vineyards, a longtime champion of barbera, is an apt host for the 70+ California wineries which are expected to pour barbera at the event.
The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $30 advance, $40 at the door. For more information on ordering: click here.