Barefoot Fruitscato Wine is one of the most popular lines in the US. But which bottles are worth buying? Read this guide to find out.
Fancy yourself a wine drinker? You’re not alone. 1 in 3 Americans enjoys a glass of wine at least once a month– many enjoying much more than just a glass or two on the weekends.
Look— whether it’s a Friday, a Wednesday, or an unusually chaotic Monday, most of us have found ourselves reaching for a refreshing glass of wine in the warmer months. For some of us, that means a dry glass of pinot grigio. For others, that means something less abrasive, and more sweet.
And if you think you’ve explored all there is in the area of dessert wines, think again.
If you like your wine as sweet as sugar (sounds reasonable to us), consider Barefoot Fruitscato Wine. With a twist on the traditional dessert wine, this Barefoot wine passes even the most sensitive taste test.
Why settle for plain Moscato when you can try a Fruitscato? Read on for our full review of our favorites.
The Story of Barefoot Wine
Barefoot Wine is one of the world’s most beloved and recognized wine brands. Starting as far back as 1865, the original founders of the winery took to making wine in their California garage. Funny enough, the name was taken from the method they used to crush grapes barefoot.
In 1986, Barefoot Wine was taken over by entrepreneurs Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey. Renamed to Barefoot Cellars and stamped with the familiar “barefoot” label, Barefoot is known as a humorous wine brand in a world where so much of wine can feel stuffy and exclusive.
Because of Barefoot’s dedication to approachability, their process has been to approach customers, buyers, distributors (anyone who would listen, really) about their preferences. Even though the process of grape-smashing was as far back in the rearview as the Romans who invented it, their dedication to people and the integrity of the wine never went out of style for Barefoot Cellar.
Moscato Wine and Fruitscato Wine
Made from the Muscat grape, Moscato wine is actually a not-so-distant cousin of the raisin– a table snack made from the same type of grape. This results in a sweetness and notes of:
- Orange blossom
If you believe that Moscato is a “fake” or “cheap” wine created only for non-wine drinkers, think again.
Moscato is a light-bodied, sweet wine traditionally served chilled, and with seafood, cheese and dessert. Wine experts consider it “low, light, and fresh,” and praise its lower alcohol content and drinkability at a reasonable price. Moscato is typically served in a traditional white wine glass or champagne flute (if sparkling).
Traditional moscato has low to medium acidity, and a lush fruity aroma. It tends to have a lingering finish and usually contain hints of peach, tropical and citrus fruits. It’s quite the fruit-forward experience!
Fruitscato, on the other hand, doesn’t shy away from being exactly what it sounds like: fruit forward. Depending on the type of Fruitscato wine selected, these wines boast a crisp finish and forward, extremely sweet flavor. Available Fruitscato bottles include:
- Barefoot Sweet Cranberry Wine
- Barefoot Watermelon Wine
- Barefoot Bubbly Peach Wine
- Barefoot Pineapple Wine
- Barefoot Peach Wine
- Barefoot Bubbly Strawberry Wine
- Barefoot Mango Wine
- Barefoot Apple Wine
- Barefoot Strawberry Wine
- Barefoot Blueberry Wine
The distinction between the traditional and the bubbly varieties introduce the added nuance of champagne. Unlike traditional moscato, a champagne moscota is sparkling, or, carbonized. If bottled with carbon dioxide, bubbles are produced– also ensuring that the right amount of sugar (not all) converts to alcohol in order for it to remain sweet.
How is Fruitscato Made?
Like all Moscato wines, Fruitscato starts with the pulp of red or black grapes. With the grape skins, the pulp ferments and begins to create wine.
A dry wine is made when the sugar converts to alcohol during the addition of carbon dioxide. Sweeter wines (like Moscatos) are made with cool temperatures, special winemaking technology, and the addition of fruit infusions. The winemaker also makes sure that some of the important sugars remain in order to retain its sweetness.
Is Fruitscato the Wine For You?
If the Barefoot name isn’t enough to give it a try, leave it to the science of the palate, and the wine’s award-winning record.
Barefoot Fruitscato is made in California by the award-winning winemaker Jen Wall. These wines continue to experience the honour of being the most-awarded still and sparkling wines in U.S. wine competitions. Barefoot wines have received more than 2,000 awards and are enjoyed by fans from all over the world– not just the United States.
If you’re looking for an affordable, fruit-forward wine with an incredibly sweet variety of flavors, the Fruitscato is your new best friend. Try pairing with ice cream, a fruit salad, or any backyard barbeque fare. Other pairin recommendations include:
Spicy or aromatic food
We don’t recommend pairing the Barefoot Fruitscato with chocolate, as the flavors will undoubtedly clash. If you’re looking to pair specifically with cheese, try tasting against brie, gorgonzola, or soft goat cheese.
Barefoot Fruitscato Wine Reviews
Ready to start your taste test? We’ve already gotten a head start for you.
1. Strawberry Fruitscato Barefoot Wine
We love the addition of strawberries to an already delicious Moscato wine. If strawberries and cream go together, you can bet that this Fruitscato flavor will taste delicious with all of the cream-filled desserts or salads you may find taunting you at summer parties. Reviews gush over the crips strawberry flavor.
The Barefoot Strawberry Fruitscato provides a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body. You’ll end a glass with that crisp, tingling sensation that feels as if you’re drinking a glass of iced tea. If you have a sweet tooth, we highly recommend trying this flavor first (and then try the rest!).
2. Sweet Cranberry Barefoot Fruitscato Wine
Who would have thought that a juicy, ripe cranberry would end up in a bottle of wine?
Made from a red grape, the Barefoot Sweet Cranberry Fruitscato provides a festive twist to future holidays or leaves you thinking about the holidays to come. Already looking forward to Thanksgiving? Try a glass of Barefoot Sweet Cranberry Fruitscato instead of fast-forwarding to November.
You’d think that the cranberry flavor would make this wine a tart, dry experience. That is not at all the case. The cranberry merely enhances that sugar content, keeping it just as sweet as the other wines in the Fruitscato family.
3. Watermelon Barefoot Fruitscato Wine
This one seems exotic, but stay with us– the watermelon really works in the Barefoot Watermelon Fruitscato. Get ready for a strong watermelon presence in this sweet wine!
For those who typically do not gravitate toward the taste of wine, reviews indicate that this is a great choice to avoid the traditional wine flavors. Easy to drink and easy on the stomach, the Barefoot Watermelon Fruitscato is a popular choice for weddings or any time you need to inject a little fun into your wine cabinet.
We insist that you drink this one over ice or chilled in order to feel the full summertime experience.
4. Bubbly Peach Barefoot Fruitscato Wine
If it’s bubbly you’re looking for, look no further. This champagne Moscato is incredibly popular at parties, bridal showers, and other get-togethers. Just like a good glass of celebratory Prosecco, the Barefoot Bubbly Peach Fruitscato tastes light, refreshing, and just the right amount of sweet.
This Fruitscato is great with either a sweet or spicy dish. Why not have both?
Try mixing in some orange juice for a twist on the classic brunch mimosa! Or, pour into champagne flutes and feel confident knowing that you’re serving a delicious and unique bubbly for all of the night’s toasts.
5. Pineapple Barefoot Fruitscato Wine
With a sharp punch of pineapple and additional floral aromas, the Barefoot Pineapple Fruitscato is like an island getaway. It’s a refreshing white wine that offers all of the perks of a good white Moscato– with added flavors that most don’t expect in a wine.
Barefoot Cellar recommends you try pairing it with a Hawaiian pizza. We still aren’t sure if pineapple belongs on a pizza (we’re still calculating the votes) but know that it would taste great with anything light, or a nice plate of bread and cheese.
6. Peach Barefoot Fruitscato Wine
The infusion of summer-ripe peach in the Barefoot Peach Fruitscato makes us all equally excited for summer. Try alongside a real, ripe peach from late June to mid-August– though you shouldn’t limit yourself to only enjoying a bottle during the warmer months.
For food pairing, try with a fruity or creamy dessert just like all of its wine siblings. For a more nuanced experience, try Barefoot Peach Fruitscato with a chicken salad or salty meat to feel like you’re really balancing out the flavors.
This is an extremely popular bottle of the Fruitscato options– snag it before they sell out again!
7. Bubbly Strawberry Barefoot Fruitscato Wine
Love the bubbly but need something other than peach? You’re in luck. The Barefoot Fruitscato line offers a bubbly Strawberry Fruitscato to liven up your next toast.
Many customers just love it for the adorable pink color that looks so good in a champagne flute. Others are satisfied with the extremely forward flavor of the strawberries rather than traditional dry champagne.
This sparkling Moscato is still an excellent choice to pair with spicy foods. It’s also a great match for veggies and seafood. It’s your grill– you decide!
8. Mango Barefoot Fruitscato Wine
Take a Moscato, add a little mango, add a little peach– and you have the Barefoot Mango Fruitscato. It’s a white wine option that absolutely drips with the lush flavor of an overly ripe mango. We know you’re picturing it, too!
Enjoy during your next taco Tuesday or anytime you need a little variety in your life. This is certainly a favorite amongst reviewers!
9. Apple Barefoot Fruitscato Wine
We bet you weren’t expecting to find a green apple within your wine bottle.
In this case, the Barefoot Apple Fruitscato boasts the flavors of a crisp apple and an assembly of other white fruits. Reviewers describe this one as being sweet with a hint of that dry texture an apple usually brings to the mouth. It is light and fresh with just a hint of apple tartness, making this one of the more interesting options available in the Fruitscato line.
10. Blueberry Barefoot Fruitscato Wine
Don’t be afraid of this wine’s darker tone– it is not anything like a dark red. You’ll find just as much sweetness (if not more) in a bottle of Barefoot Blueberry Fruitscato.
Though we caution against too much chocolate with any of the Fruitscato varieties (is there really such thing as too much chocolate, though?), the Barefoot Blueberry Fruitscato is the one flavor where we think it might be ok to make an exception. Chocolate desserts and other sweets pair very well with this wine flavor. Try making a pan of brownies with a glass of this Fruitscato!
Enjoy Your Barefoot Fruitscato Wine Drink
So what if you like your wine to taste like a summer afternoon? Ignore all of the wine snobs, because Barefoot Fruitscato Wine is a great wine. If you’re the kind of wine drinker who looks for a sweet wine infused with the taste of other fruit varieties, pick up a bottle at your local grocery store!
And if you’re interested in making it a wine tasting party, make sure that you have a variety of options for all of the guests in the room. Check out other wine recommendations on our blog, and know that we’ve got your tastebuds’ best interest in mind!
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