Barefoot and Dark Horse Wine Review

Reviewed by Melody Floyde

As Mother’s Day is fast approaching it’s the time of year when I drop, not so subtle, hints to my family about what I might like to receive as tokens of their appreciation! Usually chocolate and alcohol are high up on my list, so when I was asked to review some wine from Barefoot and Dark Horse as potential Mother’s Day Gifts I was more than happy to oblige.

First on the list was Barefoot Pink Pinot Grigio from California, this immediately appealed to me as Pinot Grigio is my “go to” wine when I’m out for a meal, and I also love a cheeky glass of rose or two in the summer, so the two combined sounded like a marriage made in heaven. I wasn’t disappointed, the wine was very easy to drink, it had the familiar taste of pinot grigio but with a slightly sweeter edge to it.  The bottle says that it has a “crisp and fruity style, full of tart apple, peach and raspberry flavours” and who am I to disagree. It was good wine that I enjoyed very much and I would very happily drink this anytime, so I would be very happy to be given a bottle of this as a gift for Mother’s Day. It is great to drink either on its own, like I did, or with a meal. If only the weather was better during the UK spring, I could easily see myself sitting outside drinking a chilled glass of pink pinot grigio whilst reading a book and relaxing in the sunshine.  As well as really enjoying drinking the wine, I also really liked the design of the bottle. It had pink iridescent labels and lid which made it look very feminine and appealing and would make a lovely gift for a Mum to enjoy.  It was also screw top, as most wines are these days, to allow for easy access.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £6.75

For information on stockists please see here.

Pink Moscato Barefoot Bubbly

Second up was the Pink Moscato Barefoot Bubbly, also from California, which I was particularly excited to try. The bottle was really appealing being pink and sparkly which immediately gained my attention. It also said that the bubbly had won a gold medal at the 2016 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition – I don’t know what this is, but if it’s a gold medal winner than it must be good! I am partial to a glass or three of prosecco on special occasions, but sometimes I can find it a bit dry, so I was interested to see if the Moscato would be easier to drink. I can confirm that it was very easy to drink, so much so that the whole bottle went down a lot quicker (shared with my partner) than anticipated. The bubbly had a really nice sweet taste to it, which I really enjoyed, to me it tasted quite like a Lambrusco which is one of my favourite sparkling wines.  The bottle says that it has “aromas of red apples and cherries, complemented by a luscious lingering sweet finish” and I would say that description hits the nail on the head. I really enjoyed the Barefoot Bubbly, in fact I think it is now one of my new favourite drinks – I just hope they stock it in my local supermarket as I would definitely want to have it again. I will definitely be making noises to my family to say how nice it was and that I would very much like another bottle for Mother’s Day!

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £8.50

For information on stockists please see here.

Finally, I tried the Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon also from California. This is a classic looking bottle with an understated and sophisticated silver label with the dark horse logo, it also had a cork rather than screw top. As I’m not much of a red wine drinker, I enlisted my partner as chief taste tester for this one. He confirmed that it was a good Cabernet Sauvignon and, drawing on his very limited wine testing skills gained on our holiday to Italy many years ago, that it was full bodied and smooth and easy to drink.  I tried a small glass and must admit that I did enjoy it more than I expected to, and found it very mellow.  The bottle says that it “showcases bold flavours of blackberry and black cherry, supported by firm tannins, brown spice and a dark chocolate espresso finish” which sounds delicious and it definitely didn’t disappoint. As with the other wines I’m sure many mums would appreciate a bottle of this for Mother’s Day.

Rating 5/5

RRP: £8.50

For information on stocklists please see here.

From looking at the Barefoot website I can see that the wine is available widely in most of the major supermarkets and there are a lot more varieties available than I had the pleasure of trying.

The Dark Horse wine is also available from most of the major supermarkets for around £8 per bottle.

I thoroughly enjoyed drinking all of these wines and confirm that they would all make lovely gifts for Mums on Mother’s Day, you can’t go wrong with giving Mum a good bottle of wine as a token of appreciation!

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