I just downloaded an app titled “Top Ten.” It lists the top 10 candies, beer and more, but what I was most interested in was the top wine: Barefoot wines. Well, it’s no surprise, really. These Barefoot wines are all affordable, so it makes sense they would become the most popular consumer brand. But there’s a differentiation between Barefoot and other low-priced wines --- Barefoot wines are actually really good!
And many of the Barefoot wines are award winning. Take, for instance, the California pinot noir ($6.99), which won a gold medal at the 2012 Women’s International Wine Competition. This is a great tasting wine with a raspberry flavor that reeled my palate in for the catch. A spicy finish seals the deal. The Barefoot pinot noir is best paired with creamy soups drizzled with truffle oil and light pastas with blackened fish or grilled chicken. And maybe a few soft cheeses, such as brie.
Like a white? Try the Barefoot sauvignon blanc ($6.99), which is refreshing with hints of jalapeno and grapefruit with a squeeze of lime and a slightly smoky finish. This wine offers a very light taste, and is best served with cheeses, fish, sushi, salads and light sauce pastas.
For Zinfandel lovers, the Barefoot zinfandel ($6.99) grapes come from Lodi, California, and this zin is bold. The oak barrel flavor comes through in the form of smoky, tobacco greatness. It's similar to cabernet sauvignon in its good legs and dynamic taste, yet has a subtle bouquet and finish of baking spices. Barefoot zinfandel is best served with pizza, burgers, homemade mac ‘n’ cheese and grilled steaks with hush puppies or Pimento cheese.
Still require impressing? Try the Barefoot Impression Red Blend. I did, and I have to admit -- I'm impressed. Especially when I read that this wine is made from grapes that originated from Spain, Australia, Argentina and California – all blended together to create a “wow” taste for a mere $6.99 a bottle. The grapes are actually grenache, shiraz, malbec and tempranillo and work quite well to create a rich and jammy fruit-forward wine with good structure. Think blueberry jam and pair with anything chocolate or cheese, as well as BBQ and meatballs. You won’t be disappointed with the Impression Red Blend. What this particular wine also has is backbone… Soles of the Year, in fact. In support of nonprofit organizations, Barefoot Impression Red Blend celebrates others who are making an impression in their local communities. Check it out on www.Facebook.com/barefootwine and read for yourself. Or visit www.BarefootWine.com.