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Barbera Festival’s Sixth Celebration Did Not Disappoint

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Barbera Fest 16 crowd scene Picmonkey2Tasters have room to stroll at Terra d'Oro

TASTE News Service, June 15, 2016 — With an enhanced venue at Terra d’Oro Winery/Montevina Vineyards and a new format providing wine tastings by region at this year’s event, the sixth annual Barbera Festival on Saturday, June 11, continued to delight the palates of festival goers.

At Saturday’s event, Barberas were presented by nearly 80 wineries from all over California.

The tasting format was new this year and featured neighboring wineries side-by-side so attendees could compare Barberas from all over California by region: Amador County, Calaveras County, El Dorado and Placer Counties, Northern California (which included Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Bay Area, etc.); Southern California (Paso Robles, San Diego, etc.), Lodi and Livermore. For those wanting to dive deeper into the experience, three Barberas imported from Italy were available for participants to try as well. In addition, the new Barbera Sensory Station hosted by Terra d’Oro was a big hit with attendees. Through interactive activities and talking with winery staff, attendees could learn about typical Barbaera aromas and flavors plus historic significance of that grape varietal at Terra d’Oro and the region.

Barbera Fest 16 Food Service PicmonkeyFood wasn't forgotten at the FestivalAttendees enjoyed a wide variety of food available from seven chefs and food purveyors, ranging from food trucks to gourmet cuisine. Favorites included foot-long kababs, grilled chicken and quinoa, tri-tip sandwiches, wood-fired pizzas prepared onsite, and Tuscan Pork Loin with pesto pasta. In between generous culinary portions, attendees were able to peruse more than 30 unique artisan craft displays and listen to the Carolyn Sills Combo as they morphed from roots country to swing to bluegrass.

“We appreciate the Barbera enthusiasts, and those new to Barbera, who come out year after year to celebrate this versatile and often underappreciated wine variety,” said Deirdre Mueller, Barbera Festival co- founder. “To be able to bring so many Barberas together to one event here in Amador County from such a breadth of regions from all over California is a privilege and a delight.”

Editor’s note: Further information about this event can be found at BarberaFestival.com. If you’re planning to attend next year or want to visit this fascinating wine region in the meantime, check out the Gold Country listings in Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory. There you will find links to the websites of Lodging and Dining options in the Sierra Foothill region, as well as links to Wineries and craft Beer specialists.

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