Barefoot Vineyards is one of my reliable standbys. In the event that I want a good, cheap bottle, I frequently reach for the Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. Barefoot makes consistently great wine at a great price, and that’s why we love them.
This week found me at Spec’s, walking the wine aisles looking for a bottle of Pinot Grigio to accompany the salmon and spinach I had planned for dinner. I hate to admit, but I had never tried the Barefoot P.G.. So, to remedy that situation, and because the bottle met my budget (six big dollars) AND came with a 95 point* rating from the California State Fair Wine Competition, I knew I had my answer.
In the glass, this Pinot Grigio is a light peachy-golden yellow, and was really lovely to look at – like a fresh peach still on the branch. And the aroma was enticing, with melon and tropical fruit, every so slightly floral. Very tempting. So, I took a sip, and nearly swooned. This white wine is smooth and mellow, with peach, melon, and citrus highlights, followed by a hint of strawberries or Rainier cherries, and a very gentle finish that had me instantly wanting more.
All in all, this wine was cool and pleasant and was perfect with the fish. I imagine it was be delightful on a warm summer afternoon with a fresh green salad and strawberries or maybe at a picnic on the lake with friends. Definitely something you’ll want to share.
*The wine point scale is the widely-used Wine Spectator ranking system. Wines listed at 95-100 are considered “Classic: a great wine.” Quite right.