Barefoot is the largest wine brands in the world. I don’t know the exact numbers, but it’s one of those wines that can be found pretty much everywhere.
Although it’s now owned by E&J Gallo, it was started by wine industry outsiders and built its following by appealing to people who normally wouldn’t drink wine. It’s a brand that made wine more approachable for average consumers, not wine snobs.
I would also guess it’s the most maligned wine brand in the world. Wine snobs love to pick on Barefoot, I hear it all the time. I hear people call it “factory wine” or “bulk wine” or some similar disparaging name. But as the biggest wine brand in the world, it obviously appeals to large a number of people.
Personally, I fall somewhere in between the lovers and the haters of Barefoot. On one hand, the fact that something has a large fan base doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily great. After all, most pop music doesn’t appeal to me yet by nature it’s the most popular music out there. Contrarily, just because something is mass produced doesn’t mean it’s necessarily bad.
So when I taste a Barefoot wine, like any other wine, I try to put prejudice and preconceived notions aside and let the wine speak for itself. And in the case of Barefoot Prosecco, I’m siding with the lovers.
Like any other Prosecco, this wine is made from glera grapes grown within the Prosecco region in Veneto, Italy. It’s produced according to regulations of the Prosecco DOC. And it tastes exactly like I expect a Prosecco to taste.
Nice floral, pear, apple and lemon aromas give a nice introduction to this Prosecco. The palate delivers scrumptious lemon, grapefruit and granny smith apple flavors with a light creamy mouthfeel and a decent density of bubbles. The acidity is spot on. It finishes with lingering lemon and green apple flavors that last for minutes. This is a well made Prosecco that I would enjoy any day.
Wine: Barefoot Prosecco
Average price: $11.00
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.
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