January Wines of the World: Sierra Barbera

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The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance will host its January Wines of the World event Thursday, Jan. 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Murphys Historic Hotel. Guest presenter is Matt Hatcher, owner of Hatcher Winery, who will pour a number of Sierra Foothill Barbera wines. According to Hatcher, "The reputation of the Sierra Foothill Barbera is growing quickly, and guests at the event will find out what others have discovered - that Sierra Foothill Barberas are truly among our finest red wines."

Barbera is a red Italian wine grape variety that, as of 2000, was the third most-planted red grape variety in Italy. It produces good yields and is known for its deep color, low tannins and robust fruit flavors of cherry, red and blackberry. Outside of Italy, Barbera is rarely found in Europe except for small plantings in Greece, Romania, and Slovenia. However, in California, Barbera is one of the most successful of the Piemontese (the area in Italy most Barbera grows) grapes to be adapted in the state with more than 8,000 acres of plantings.
"Wines of the World is not just a wine tasting," said Carrie Nelson, CWA Administrator. "Here you're learning all about the wines and the winemaking process, and can choose your favorite pick from six to eight wines offered that evening. This program is an integral part of CWA's educational program." Attendance is open to the public with no reservations needed.

Cost is $15 for CWA members and $25 for non-members and includes light appetizers. For more information, call 728-9467 or visit online at calaveraswines.org.

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