Barefoot Cellars Bubbly Spumante California Moscato
It’s Mardi Gras time again and, as a veteran of several myself, nothing seems to go better with two weeks of debauchery than cheap wine. My wine of choice was a fine Burgundy that retailed for $1.79 at the local drug store on St. Charles Street. Fast forward 30 years and I’d grab a bottle of the Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante NV.
Moscato is the hot grape right now and this value-oriented producer prices there product to move: $7.99 at your local bottle shop.
If you have read any of my past rants you probably think it’s a bit hypocritical of me to select a wine for this week’s pick from a huge production house with a goofy name, since I usually speak ill of both. Well, life is full of contradictions.
I was in a festive mood, thinking about both Mardi Gras and my son’s impending graduation, hoping that both would come off without a hitch. At Mardi Gras, people are looking for a cheap buzz (which is not much different from the younger set attending a graduation party) so I wanted something that was better than beer, not too heavy and not fortified. Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante fit the bill. There are six wines in the Barefoot Bubbly line (from Barefoot Cellars) and I have tried them all (for scientific purposes, only). But, I chose the Moscato because this varietal is the hottest white wine in the US! Why? First, it's low in alcohol and has a lightly sweet, fresh flavor with hints of peaches, apricots, pears, orange blossoms and rose petals. Second, sweet wines are selling big, especially to the under-40 crowd, who grew up on sugary drinks. Third, you can’t beat the price. This one was $8 and you can find a fine Italian example for under $20.
What Others Thought
Some were put off by the bad “rap”, since the gangsta bunch has embraced this beverage but others were “surprised at the delicate flavors and sublime bubbles”. Pleasant “straight up”, others preferred it as a base for a champagne cocktail or spritzer. A few found it to be a “kids drink” but, then again, they’re the ones spending money!
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Selected reviews from the Grapevine Community
Crisp, fruity with nice tight bubbles and enough sweetness without being offensive.
1 year and 4 months ago