“I Kind of Like Barefoot”

I was recently tasting through some wine samples with a new group of friends. Several of them said they really liked the wines, and asked me where they could buy them.

I had to reply honestly. “Well, they’re not yet sold in the U.S.,” I said, “and they’re even a little pricey over in Europe.”

This prompted a long conversation about favorite bottles and rare finds. Finally, one quiet woman in the group meekly said, “I kind of like Barefoot.”

This is my hands-down favorite kind of moment when I’m with a group of people who have varying levels of wine experience.

“That’s great!” I replied. “So, which one is your favorite?” It was the Moscato, she replied—and I suggested pairing it with Brie and strawberries. The smile on her face was worth far more than the rare wines I was pouring.

But this incident underscored my impression that many people in the U.S. have a limited familiarity with table wine—everyday bottles costing under a ten-spot that are meant for the dinner table.

The Barefoot line consists of a wide range of grapes and styles, allowing customers to explore an array of grapes affordably. And because of its nationwide distribution—backed by the Gallo marketing powerhouse—I can recommend a Barefoot wine to practically anyone in the country and feel confident he or she can find it nearby.

6-2_BarefootBella_CarterPictured here is my dog, Bella, with a bottle of Barefoot “Sweet Red,” a proprietary blend of Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Grenache, and Petite Sirah. This type of blend was popular decades ago in California, and has experienced something of a comeback.

I don’t normally gravitate toward sweet wines, but on a beautiful spring day, with the bottle chilled down and a faithful dog on the patio, it’s not a bad way to watch the sunset.

Yes, I kind of like it, too.


Photos courtesy of Ben Carter and winekick.com.

About the Author

A lifelong resident of Memphis, Tennessee, Ben Carter has been writing about wine and food online since 2005. Starting at his blog, Benito’s Wine Reviews, he has also written for Serious Eats, Snooth, Palate Press, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. During the day, he works in quality assurance for a major corporation.


  1. We tasted the Barefoot Moscato in a WSET diploma seminar along with other under $20 wines… and {surprise} it was pretty tasty, especially if you have a sweet tooth! Barefoot are bestsellers up here in Canada.

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