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It’s no secret that Barefoot is not top-shelf wine. But, believe it or not, it is the most awarded wine in the world. In 2020, it was by far the leading table wine brand in the U.S., with annual revenue of $673 million (USD). Clearly, people like it.
In a year where jobs are down and home wine consumption is up, it hits at a price point that is just right for many consumers. Whether it’s to drink on a weeknight with a good Netflix show or to bring to your next social gathering (whenever that might be…) here are the top 9 Barefoot wines to choose from!
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Top 9 Best Barefoot Wines 2021
Ok, the wine professional in me has to point out that this is not actually Champagne because it is made in California, not the Champagne region of France. But it is a decent sparkling wine made from Chardonnay grapes grown in California’s Napa Valley. It’s perfect for sipping alone or for mixing into a mimosa (with orange juice) or bellini (with grapefruit juice). It’s clean and straightforward, with flavors of green apple, honey, citrus, and grapefruit. It does have a touch of sweetness, despite the label of “Extra Dry,” but the sweetness is inoffensive. The bubbles are nice and fizzy, so if you throw a sparkling wine stopper in the bottle, the bubbles should be good for a day or two. If you’re looking for an easy-drinking sparkling wine, this one at $9.99 will deliver.
The slogan for this wine is “deliciously sweet.” If you like sweet wine, this one is sure to please. It has a 4.0 rating average from over 1400 users on Vivino. The taste profile hits on fruits like peach, apricot, and apple, as well as citrus and earthy notes of lemon, honey, ginger. Having virtually no acidity on the palate, this wine is perfect for people who pucker at the slightest drop of sour. Think of this wine like adult candy — the kind of wine that you could sip while laying out on the beach while the kids are eating ice cream cones. It would also be great as a low-calorie wine spritzer mixed with sparkling water and a lemon rind. At $5.99, you shouldn’t feel bad mixing this wine in a spritz cocktail or throwing in an ice cube. Its whole vibe is laid back and unpretentious. It’s your chance to get creative!
If you like bold, dark, jammy red wines, this one is for you. Because it leans towards the softer, rounder side, this Zinfandel is perfect for people who don’t like tannins, the source of the mouth-drying effect found in many red wines. It’s also neither sweet nor dry, so it’s a great middle-ground wine that will appeal to a wide variety of people. It has flavors of oak, chocolate, cherry, and blackberry. Thanks to its deep, bold mouthfeel, it would pair well with any barbecued meat or a dish with lamb or beef. But you could also easily pair it with a cheese plate and some blackberry jam. At an average of $13.39, the price point is a little high for Barefoot, but it’s still a good deal if you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing, bold red wine.
This wine is made from the same grape as the previous red Zinfandel, but it is done in a rosé style. It doesn’t make much sense, but yes, white Zinfandel wines are pink in color. The wine is made by crushing Zinfandel grapes and letting them macerate with the skins, which extracts a pink-hued juice. This wine is semi-sweet but at only 8.5% alcohol, it’s a light, easy-drinking wine that will neither get you too buzzed nor make you feel full after a few glasses. Similar to the Barefoot Moscato, this white Zinfandel is a great contender for spritz cocktails. It has flavors of strawberry, pineapple, and peach, so it would be delicious in a piña colada style cocktail. Mix together coconut water, pineapple juice, and this wine. Throw it in a blender with some ice, and maybe add a pineapple wedge garnish or an orange slice, and voilà – you have yourself a quick, refreshing slushie cocktail. At $5.39 per bottle, you can stock up without breaking the bank.
The Barefoot Riesling is neither too sweet nor too acidic. It is made from a blend of Riesling and Pinot Blanc, two grapes that go well together. It has notes of pear, peach, tangerine, and honey, making it a great pair for a seafood dish. Also, Riesling with a bit of residual sugar is known to be a great pair with spicy food thanks to its mouth-cooling effect. It has this effect not only because the wine is served chilled but because the sweetness soothes the tongue from the spicy burning sensation. On Vivino, this wine has a 3.7 rating from over 3800 users, which shows Barefoot’s consistent quality. When you want a white wine that is different from the usual Chardonnay, this California Riesling is a good value wine that’ll add some variety to your white wine game.
The Barefoot Merlot is the most popular Barefoot wine on Vivino, with over 23,600 reviews. Similar to the red Zinfandel, the Merlot packs a punch. It is bold, with intense fruit flavors, like plum, blackberry, cherry, and raspberry. The difference between the Zinfandel and the Merlot, though, is that the Merlot is much drier. It has a stronger tannin presence in the mouth, but it still manages to be soft and smooth on the finish. Thanks to the tannins, this Merlot would be a great pair with red meat. The proteins in the meat bind to the tannins in the wine. This prevents the tannins from binding to the proteins in your saliva, leading to a softer mouthfeel. As one Vivino reviewer pointed out, this is a great entry-level Merlot. Sure, it’s a mass-produced wine, but it’s a good place to start if you’re just getting into the wine world. You’ll find a straightforward red wine with no flaws.
If you like sweet wines, and you like strawberry ring pops, you’ll love this wine. It is made from Moscato grapes blended with natural strawberry flavoring. Of course, it’s majorly fruity, dominated by flavors of – you guessed it – strawberry. As one Vivino reviewer put it: “Color: strawberry red. Aroma: strawberry. Taste: strawberry.” I’ll admit, added flavoring isn’t what I look for when I drink wine, but there is a utility here. It’s basically a wine spritzer 2-in-1; the only thing left you’d need to add is some sparkling water (or why not sparkling wine!?). It’s also super low in alcohol at just 5.5%, so it’s perfect for sipping when your friends are drinking beer.
This is a weekend wine. It’s sweet, bubbly, and good for letting go. While this isn’t what you’d want to drink at a fancy dinner, it’s easy-drinking and perfect for a party or when you don’t want to overthink it. Mix it in a mimosa or drink it alone, but be careful – it goes down a little too easily. “It’s dangerous. A bottle could last you 5 minutes if you’re not careful,” a Vivino reviewer said. “It’s New Year’s Eve, who cares?!” said another. The best review of all? “FizzySweet and perky bubblicious.” Yup, that about sums it up. Cheers to the weekend!
This one truly is Champagne from France! It’s a limited-edition wine that supports the LBGTQ+ movement. Barefoot has taken an impressive stance on gay rights issues, giving back to AIDS organizations and the nonprofit Free Mom Hugs, which fights for human rights. The wine is bottled in a bright, colorful bottle wrapped in a pride flag. The wine has strong bubbles and leans on the more acidic side. It is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and has flavors of cherry, cranberry, and green apple. If you want to sip on a very well-priced Champagne, you can feel good about supporting the LBGTQ+ movement with this purchase.
Owned by the wine giant E.J. Gallo of California, which was founded in 1933, Barefoot is run by long-time wine producers who know how to make a consistent product. By creating wines whose quality does not waver with each vintage, they have hit on a well-established target market of unfussy wine drinkers looking for steady quality year after year. Their mission is to bring people together over wine, which is why their brand identity is all about fun, easy-drinking wines. Their winemaker, Jennifer Wall, is a native Californian who has earned over two thousand medals since she started at Barefoot.