We all know that there is nothing better than a glass of wine, especially when a long day at the office has left us feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.
So if you are a hardcore wine enthusiast, chances are you spend a lot of your spare time sampling as many different wines as possible, from expensive international titles to more obtainable brands that you can find in your local liquor store.
And with so many different wines to choose from, you may be wondering which one you should try next.
Well, if you consider yourself a fan of sparkling wine and are working with a budget, then there’s no better option than the brand new Barefoot Bubbly collection.
Produced in California, Barefoot has long been considered one of the best bargain wines on the market, even though it sometimes falls short in terms of quality.
However, since releasing their new range of champagne, it seems the company has been trying to turn a new page and we are here to share our opinions.
So if you have ever wanted to sample the Barefoot Bubbly collection, then we have everything you need to know about the wines’ and their various qualities.
As we previously mentioned, the Barefoot Bubbly collection is a new range of sparkling wines produced by the Barefoot company, which is currently based in California.
The collection was first produced in 2009 and consists of five different champagnes of varying dryness and flavor.
Now we understand that you might be a little taken aback by the Barefoot company defining this new wine as a Champagne. After all, the wine is an American product and has no connection to the Champagne region of northeast France.
And although it is true that the term Champagne can only be legally used to describe a French-made sparkling wine, various vineyards across the United States once used the term to describe any sparkling wine produced on American soil.
Since the title was legally tripped from any American-made product, any US wine referred to as a Champagne before 2006 were most likely grandfathered, which means they can still hold the name while also displaying the wine’s country of origin clearly on the label, such as California or Florida.
So now that we have given a little background on the Bubbly collection, let’s take a look at each product and individually assess their pros and cons.
Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee
Variety: Sparkling Chardonnay
When people drink sparkling wines, they often have certain expectations when it comes to the wine’s taste and texture, expectations that the Barefoot Brut Cuvee meet entirely.
As a variety of wine. Brut Cuvee is often distinguished by the amount of sugar that is added to the wine during the second fermentation, which helps to heighten the wine’s overall sweetness and acidity.
As a product, Barefoot Brut Cuvee is very dry on the tongue and doesn’t display any distinctive aromas, although there is a light mineral note when first inhaling.
Fortunately, the palette of the wine is much better than the nose, as it contains strong hints of apple, pear and citrus. The overall tang of the wine is very complimentary, while the overall sparkling or fizz is sadly lacking.
Overall, we would say this fine falls somewhere into the category of mediocre. It gives you what it promises but nothing much more.
Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry
Variety: Sparkling Chardonnay
Barefoot Extra Dry Champagne is not very different from the previous product we discussed, especially when considering the sweetness of the finished wine.
Traditionally, Extra Dry will usually be sweeter on the tongue, however, the difference is minuscule and will only be noticed by true Champagne experts. Fortunately, this particular wine was more pleasant than the Brut Cuvee and left a lasting impression on the tongue.
Rich in floral aromas, this wine was once again lacking in terms of general fizz, which can be extremely disappointing especially when you remember that it is classed as a Champagne by the Barefoot company.
Beyond this, the product did not produce note-worthy complexity but was still enjoyable and carried strong hints of apple. The wine also left a yeasty finish in the mouth that was not enjoyed.
Barefoot Bubbly Pino Grigio
Variety: Sparkling Pino Grigio
This next product marked a more adventurous turn in the Barefoot Bubbly collection, as this was the first time we had ever seen a sparkling Pino Grigio. Because of this, we were excited to sample the final product and it did leave an interesting impression.
Featuring the floral notes of citrus and pear, this wine comes with a slightly yeasty scent, which it makes up for with its intense flavor.
Balancing the taste of fresh yellow apples with the tang of squeezed lime, this wine delivers an enriching taste experience and even sports mineral notes at the end of every sip.
However, one of the best things about this particular product was the bubbles, which is delivered in abundance.
Barefoot Bubbly Rose Cuvee
Variety: Sparkling hybrid
The first thing you will notice about this wine is its nose, which is essentially non-existent. Try as we might, this wine yielded no distinctive aromas except a slight hint of warm peach.
As a wine, the Rose Cuvee held a surprisingly light palette and featured crisp notes of strawberry and peach. Overall, the wine was incredibly enjoyable, although its design was somewhat let down by the subtle approach to scent and flavor.
However, this wine was also loaded with fizz, which made the overall tasting experience far more enjoyable.
Barefoot Bubbly Muscato Spumante
Variety: Sparkling Muscato
For the final wine on our list, we have the Barefoot Bubbly Muscato, which yielded a surprisingly sweet and mild palette.
Although the wine contained a sufficient amount of acidity to balance the syrupy flavor, the sweetness still poked through but on a moderate and delightful level.
In terms of the nose, the wine gave off a rich and floral scent, which contained notes of pear and honeysuckle.
Delivering hints of red apple, the wine was refreshing and light on the tongue, although the sweetness can linger for longer than needed. Overall, this is a fun wine that we believe will satisfy any sparkling wine lovers looking for something new and exciting to taste.
In conclusion, this collection will not reshape the landscape of wine drinking nor will it be remembered for years to come.
However, it is still an accessible alternative for any wine drinker working with a budget and can be easily purchased for formal celebrations such as weddings and graduations.
We recommend purchasing this particular brand of Champagne if you intend to make sparkling cocktails, as it is better to spend money on a cheap brand if you are going to overpower the wine with fruit juice and other ingredients.
Although these may not be the finest sparklers on the market, they are probably the most obtainable and can be readily enjoyed by wine lovers from around the world.