What is Barefoot Cellars Wine?
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Posted on 02 Jun 2016 04:31

Barefoot Cellars Wine is a California wine maker which is currently the best-selling bargain wine in America. Like many less expensive California wines, selling over one million cases of wine a year.

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Barefoot wines began in 1965 when a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, and self-taught wine-maker named David Bynum produced a wine called Barefoot Bynum Burgundy. His wine, which featured a drawing of a footprint on the label, was quite successful. Bynum had higher aspirations, though, and went on to produce the first single-vineyard Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley.

Not much more happened until 1986 when the Barefoot brand was taken over by Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, who made Barefoot Cellars a premier brand in the bargain wine category. Gallo bought the brand in 2005 and increased the marketing and distribution, making it America's bestselling wine. They produce most standard varieties, including sparkling wine.


Wines produced by Barefoot Cellars include:

  • California Chardonnay
  • California Merlot
  • California Moscato
  • California Pinot Grigio
  • California Pinot Noir
  • California Cabernet Sauvignon
  • California Sweet Red Wine
  • Pink Moscato Sparkling Wine
  • Bubbly California Extra-Dry Sparkling Wine
  • Brut Cuvee Sparkling Wine

For an explanation of the terms Brut and Extra-Dry applied to the sparkling wines see What Do The Categories Of Champagne Mean? The term "cuvee" refers to a blend of wines selected for making sparkling wine or Champagne.

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