Barefoot Bubbly Review

Barefoot Bubbly ReviewI’ve reviewed a number of different Barefoot wines on this site and it’s one bargain brand that seems to do OK.  I’ve never been really blown away by any of their wines, but they’ve all been quite drinkable and fantastic values.  That continues to be the case with their line-up of sparkling wine… none of it was exceptional, but it was all excellent.
So, what does that mean?  Should you buy it?  I would say that depends on how you’re serving it and who you’re serving it to.  If you’re buying for a party or wedding and your guests won’t know the difference between this and a $50 bottle of French champagne, then by all means buy this stuff.  If you’re building champagne cocktails and will be mixing it with additional stuff then this is a excellent choice — there’s no sense in buying an expensive champagne just to bury the flavor in mixers.  Or if you just want to try something different, there are a link unique sparklers in the Barefoot line-up that are worth a try.
You may notice that Barefoot Bubbly is labeled as “Champagne,” and you may wonder, “Can they do that, I thought Champagne could only come from France?”  Yes, it’s right that the term “Champagne” is legally reserved for wines from the Champagne province of France.  But, many US-made sparkling wines were using the term previous to the choice was made to no longer use it on US-made wines.  Those wines labeled as “Champagne” previous to 2006 were “grandfathered” in to allocate them to continue using that descriptor as long as the province of production is also on the mark (e.g. California).
Here are my thoughts on the Barefoot Bubbly collection. Read more

Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is a traditional beverage that is offered during the Christmas holidays and Halloween. Mulled wine is prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with vanilla pods, cloves, cinnamon sticks, star aniseed, citrus, and sugar.
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It has popularity in German- and Dutch-speaking countries. Mulled wine there named Glühwein. Blueberry wine and cherry wine can be used instead of grape wine in these countries for preparing Glühwein.

In France, vin chaud ("hot wine") typically consists of cheap red wine mixed with sugar, cinnamon, and lemon. It must be not too sweet.

In Bulgaria, it is called greyano vino (Bulgarian: греяно вино) ("heated wine"), and consists of red wine, peppercorn and honey. Sometimes apples and/or citrus fruits, such as lemon or oranges, can be added.

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