There’s a synergy between Australia and California with our sun, surf and sand lifestyles, so it’s hardly surprising that Barefoot Wine, one of the biggest and fastest growing wine brands in the United States, should translate easily to the Australian market. The brand arrived on our shores earlier this year, but unlike the other 80+ countries in which it sells, most of the Barefoot wines in Australia are actually made here.
An exception is the sparkling wine, a Bubbly Pinot Grigio from California that is crisp and refreshing, with a citrus zing. It and the other seven wines in the collection are all fresh, easy-drinking wines as the label suggests. The Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Moscato are bright, light-hearted and ripe for summer drinking (try the Moscato with lemon meringue pie).
The Chardonnay has a little more interest with a subtle hint of oak and some attractive stonefruit notes. The White Zinfandel picks up on a variety that’s hugely popular in the States, and is a nice quaffing wine in a pretty blush pink. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are medium-bodied, fruity wines of the sort that you’d be happy to take to a backyard barbecue. Roll on summer.