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.
Pictured 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.