If you follow me on Twitter (@Alleigh), you know that last week was a ridiculously busy week in my office. Every year, we hold a breakfast reception for people who come into DC, and we choose the date by looking at the popular Spring Break weeks for K-12 schools. The purpose of picking the date this way is because there will be more families travelling, so we can see more people. This year’s reception was last Wednesday, and it was the biggest one my office has ever had—over 250 people! Now, that may not seem like a lot to people who are used to those types of big events, but as this is only a one-time-a-year reception, it is not something that my officemates and I are used to.
For me, the reception meant a lot of talking, a lot of standing on my feet, and a lot of just “being on” all the time. It also meant an overall increase in meetings, since people who attend the reception usually want to set up private meetings at another time. All in all, it was a very successful week, but I was ready to collapse on Friday night when I got home. I walked in the door, chilled a bottle of Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee (vineyard, snooth), and plopped down on the couch to decompress w/ Hubby.
Admittedly, I’m not the first to review the Barefoot Bubbly. In fact, some of the blogs that I read regularly, like Wines by Benito, 1 Wine Dude, Brix Chicks, and The Wine Whore, have great thoughts to share on this sparkler. Despite the diverse coverage, I still wanted to share my thoughts because, well, this wine fits perfectly into what A Glass After Work is all about. As I read through the posts by other bloggers, what was most interesting to me is that while the wine was consistently described as not complicated, everyone gave it a thumbs-up—and I completely agree.
The sparkling wine had a nice, medium lemon color, with big, strong bubbles rising to the top of the glass. On the nose, there were pleasant green apple aromas. In the mouth, the bubbles just danced off my tongue. Again, there were green apple flavors. There was also the slightest hint kiwi.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $8.99, this wine is pure, uncomplicated happiness in a bottle. It’s the type of wine that doesn’t require a lot of studying, but rather is just meant to drink up and enjoy. The Barefoot Bubbly is very drinkable on its own, although I paired it with a tortellini and shrimp in an alfredo sauce, and it was a great match. The Barefoot Bubbly wasn’t anything fancy, and certainly not something that I would say was a special occasion sparkler, but it was perfect to open after a crazy day (or week) at work and just settle into and relax while you sip.