HOW MANY more variations can Barefoot wine have? Well, beyond regular table wines, bubblies of all styles and fruit-infusions, the inventive team at E. & J. Gallo has found another: three sweetness styles for one of the hottest wine categories on store shelves — Red Blends. And it’s no wonder Barefoot has jumped into the fray. Sales in this category of table wines have jumped 45 percent over the last two years, growing faster than Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, according to producer E. & J. Gallo. Barefoot’s three styles are Rich Red Blend, Sweet Red Blend and Rosa Red Blend, all at the suggested retail price of $6.99.
Barefoot Rich Red Blend is the driest, most full-bodied of the three and is made from California and Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo from Spain and Syrah from Argentina. It will be a competitor at this price point.
Barefoot Sweet Red Blend is smooth and sweet. It is made from California Pinot Noir, Tempranillo and Zinfandel.
Barefoot Rosa Red Blend is the sweetest, produced from California Malbec Rosé and Tempranillo.
ALSO IN THE growing portfolio of Barefoot wines are the fruit-flavored Bubbly Fusion wines ($10) and the light Barefoot Refresh ($7) series intended for pouring over ice or mixing in cocktails.
HERE’S ONE of my favorite wines from the vast Barefoot portfolio for summer parties:
Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee NV, $10: Stash this tidbit in your mental wine library: When you need an inexpensive, dry, light-style bubbly you can depend on, head to the supermarket for the Brut Cuvee. It’s dry, but not austere. Acidity is crisp. Flavors evoke peach, pear, lime and minerality. Alcohol is just 11.5 percent. It’s a style similar to Prosecco. And the price is right.
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