You see Barefoot wine everywhere; probably because it’s good for the price. I’m not a big fan of Pino Grigio but this was good. My husband liked it. It got the 2009 Hot Brand Award. Guess that means it’s hot stuff? What did we pair it with? Blueberry muffins! Good:)
Their website says to pair this wine (with it’s hints of plum and black current) with steamed mussels and fresh tomato sauce over linguine. We ended up pairing this wine with pizza. I know SUPER classy but it tasted good:) At least we got the “fresh tomato sauce” in there! I may buy this wine again solely based on the price but I’ll admit I’ve had better boxed wine. Moving on to the next one (after we finish off this bottle of course!)
Give it a try if you want to but don’t expect to be blown away by the taste.
Boasting luscious plum and ripe berry flavors this wine does not hold up to its label. It’s almost as if this after taste happens at the beginning; BEFORE I even taste the wine. My sense of smell picks up the rancid bite and I make a face even before I try the wine. It’s terrible at the beginning and then mellows off. I can’t pick up on any of the flavors becuase of acidity of the wine. I wouldn’t go as far to say the wine had gone bad but with a 2005 date it could be on it’s last legs. This wine was brought to a dinner party and the person who brought it forgot to take of the DISCOUNT sticker on the wine (it cost $5). After researching more recent years 2008 and 2009 it appears they are all priced around $5. I had to to cut the wine with some Ginger Ale. The sweetness from the Ginger Ale made the wine tolerable enough to drink (hate wasting it). I do think the rest of the bottle will need to down the drain. Maybe I’ll pick up a “newer” bottle of Papio some time in the future but I’m going to need awhile to get over this experience.
So I’m checking out the bottle to see where it says what type of wine it is; you know Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz etc. I looked the bottle over thoroughly and found that I needed to actually Google Tempranillo. Turns out it is a type of Spanish grape that ripens earlier than others. The label Tempranillo wine actually refers to the type of Spanish grape used. It is sometimes mixed with other red wines but with Lucky Duck it is purely Tempranillo. I always like trying new things!
The wine itself is very dark in color. Digging the dark cherry flavors along with the bite of the bittersweet dark chocolate. Leaves a bit of a spice after taste and even 5-10 minutes after swallowing a sip I can still taste the flavors on my pallet. I tried the wine with olives as suggested on the back of the bottle and the combination was so delicious! I don’t care too much for olives by themselves as they are usually too salty but the bittersweet in the wine complimented the saltiness of the olives perfectly. Moved on from olives to pasta with vegetable garden sauce and the combination with the wine was satisfactory. You really need to try it with some salty foods like cheese or olives to get the full affect. I’d serve this at a dinner party with appetizers. It’s a bit to bitter for me to enjoy on its own in large quantities (half a glass tops when drinking it solo). Great wine for the price (~$5).
A flavorful California red (2008). Winery notes:
“Cherry, blackberry and spice with a hint of currant and smooth tannins.”
I never taste a wine for the first time and try to pair it with food. Unless I’m out at a restaurant or at a wine tasting I try and have a solo glass after the evening meal so I can focus just on the flavors. My first impression of this wine was YUM! No rancid after taste (great job with the tannin)! It left heart burn at home (a problem I usually have with red wines) which made this wine a very smooth choice. I easily picked up on the blackberry notes and found the aroma to be delicious! Subsequently my husband and I enjoyed two more glasses a piece! This would go well with a nice steak and we’ll be sure to have this as a regular choice off our wine rack. Priced under $10/bottle it’s really an easy purchase to make.