I’m sure most of you have heard of and/or tried Barefoot Wine before. It is an extremely cheap wine that is sold in just about every grocery or convenience store around the world. Truly, the Barefoot Wines story is an interesting one. In 1986, a couple started it in their laundry room with basically no money or wine experience, only to successfully grow it, and then sell it to E & J Gallo Winery in 2005. It is now the world’s largest wine brand. Outside of the business aspect, however, what can be said about the wine being produced? That’s what I would like to talk about today. I recently tried one of the Barefoot Wines, and would like to share that experience with you.
For the last week or so, I have been visiting family in Cleveland, OH. It’s always an awesome time with the Cleveland fam, because there isn’t a member (outside of the children, or tiny non-drinkers as I like to call them) that doesn’t enjoy weekend wine tasting, or a nice glass or two of wine with dinner each night. Anyway, a couple of days ago, I had my first experience of a place called Quaker Steak & Lube. Immediately upon arrival, I went for the drink menu to see if there was any wine available. I was feeling a little light that day, so I really wanted a white wine. The only option that seemed the most drinkable was the Barefoot Wine Pinot Grigio. I’m really okay with ordering cheap wine, but it can be dangerous game sometimes.
I went with the Pinot Grigio, recalling that I had seen a bottle of it in the store, and it had a big ribbon sticker on it advertising that it won some kind of prestigious award. When I took my first sip, I was a tad surprised by the taste. It was a bright wine with apple and lemon flavors that were okay; however, there was an odd sweetness to it that I did not care for. To me, it tasted like artificial sweetener had been added to it. Also, despite this sweetness, I felt like it was watery at the same time. Very strange. I’ve had a ton of Pinot Grigio in my time, and Barefoot Wine was probably one of the most unpleasantly sweet-ish ones. Some of you might be thinking, “well, idiot, what do you expect from a wine that costs around $7.00?” The answer is a lot. It’s not hard to find an inexpensive Pinot Grigio. I can pick up a decent one from my local grocery store, and spend $7.00 to $10.00 on it.
I will end this with stating that I have not tried the gamut of Barefoot Wines. I know they have many varieties, and I know that there are many people that enjoy their wines. Like I said, cheap wine is not a problem for me. I buy it all the time. My plan is to review more of Barefoot Wine as time goes on.