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Barefoot Winemaker Brings Bubbly To Dallas

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Barefoot wines are easy to recognize: They have the image of a footprint on their labels. Popular, inexpensive, and yet often highly rated, Barefoot wine first emerged in the ’80s, mostly in California; in 2005, it was purchased by Gallo. It gets its name out there by promoting events such as the AFI Film Festival, and in 2007, expanded its selection with a line of sparkling wines.

With holidays such a big time for champagne, youthful Barefoot winemaker Jennifer Wall came to Dallas last week for a meal at Local Restaurant in Deep Ellum, where she and chef-owner Tracy Miller paired dishes with Barefoot’s sparkling wines. Eating and drinking for free were a few wine professionals and some writer-bloggers such as the ladies who put together the Zagat guide.

Barefoot has five sparklers — the usual Brut, Extra Dry, and Rose, plus two unusual sparkling wines: Moscato Spumante and sparkling pinot grigio. They run about $10 a bottle, which is pretty cheap.

Champagne in that price range usually tastes sweet and crappy and gives you a headache the next day. But these were dry and crisp, with little hints of apple and pear, and an excellent chaser to dishes such as Local’s signature fried green beans.

Compared to other inexpensive sparklers such as Spanish cava or the trendy prosecco of Italy, Barefoot’s wines seemed a much better value; they were more complex, especially compared to prosecco which can feel light and flimsy.

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