Barefoot wines reviewed

Barefoot winesRetailing between £6 and £7, Barefoot’s range of seven wines made to be “enjoyed by everyone from first-time wine-consumers to hard-core aficionados” are well-made but over-priced. Unfortunately the better value of $6.99, or £4.45, a bottle can only be obtained by all of this Californian brand’s American customers. But if you’re prepared to wait or day two then Tesco’s offer kicks in bringing the price down to a much more reasonable, and realistic, £5 a bottle.

So what will you get for your fiver? Wines made with single grape varieties (Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz) all sourced from Californian vineyards (unnamed) and all labelled without a year of manufacture – or ‘non-vintage’ to use official wine jargon.

Barefoot SauvignonThis doesn’t mean the wine is any worse for that, in fact in some ways it’s better because non-vintage, or non-year, wines are blends of wines from several non-specified years. This means the usual variation between grape growing seasons in different years - leading to variations in grape ripeness and ultimately to variations in wine flavours - is blended out leading to a product that tastes recognisably the same every time you buy it.

There’s nothing unique in blending for a standard flavour – the coffee industry does it and so does the tea industry. If they didn’t then there’d be a lot of unhappy customers all wondering what had happened to their favourite brew.

And to make doubly sure you get exactly the flavour you’re expecting Barefoot bottle all their wines under screw cap so there’s no corks leading to nasty tasting ‘corked’ wines - that polite euphemism for wines infected with bacteria carried on improperly sterilised corks.

There’s a lot going for the Barefoot range but why should you buy it when there’s so many other similar wines out there all selling at its offer price of £5 a bottle?

Aldi’s core wine range offers many reliably tasty non-vintage blended wines at £4-5 a bottle as does Tesco’s own-label Simply range. But these wines are supermarket-specific where as the Barefoot range can be found in almost all supermarkets. Making it very easy to hone in on if that’s what you want.

Barefoot logoBarefoot Wine Offers

Tesco’s £5 a bottle (on Barefoot Zinfandel Rosé, Pinot Grigio and Merlot) offer starts this Wednesday 15th and goes on until September 4th. Barefoot Moscato is already down to £4.99 but only until Tuesday 14.

Morrisons are already selling the Zinfandel Rosé, Merlot, Shiraz and Pinot Grigio at £5.29 – offer lasts until September 2nd.

Sainsbury’s are selling only the Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz at £5 until the 21st (the Zinfandel Rosé, Merlot and Pinot Grigio remain at full price between £6.49 and £6.79).

Asda’s non-offer price for Barefoot Pinot Grigio, Shiraz and Zinfandel Rosé is £5 while selling the Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc at £6.58.

The Co-op stocks both the Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz at £6.79 a bottle.

Barefoot Flavours

White Wines

Pinot Grigio

Initial honey flavours give way to creamy almond and peach. Light and easy drinking.

Sauvignon Blanc

Aromas of pineapple upside down pudding with flavours of apple, pear and lemon. Simple, clean and refreshing.

Barefoot MoscatoMoscato

Best wine in the range but watch out it’s a sweet dessert wine. Serve chilled with cheesecakes or cheese and biscuits to reveal its buttery apricot flavours with a lemon zing. One of the best sweet wines around and at £5 a bottle great value.

Rosé Wines

White Zinfandel

Despite the label this is in fact a rosé. Slightly sweet strawberry and fresh pineapple flavours with a perfumed aroma – rather like a blend of German Gerwurztraminer and French Viognier. Drink slightly cooled with Chinese foods or cold meats.

Red Wines

Merlot

Creamy blackberry and cocoa – rather like a jam-filled chocolate cake. Yum.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Creamy blackberry, blackcurrant and liquorice.

Shiraz

Smooth blackberry, blackcurrant and damson with a creamy pear edge.

This article has also appeared as Paula's Wines of the Week on MatureTimes.co.uk