Episode #285 – In Appreciation of the Big Bargain Wine Brands

As much as we like to talk about small, boutique wines, in truth, the vast majority of wines produced and consumed in America come to market by the millions of gallons. And it’s an absolute fact that these wines are popular for a reason. It really is hard to argue with success, so this week’s entire show is dedicated to the big brands… the behemoths of the wine business.

Sara Schneider, Wine Editor, Sunset Magazine

Sara Schneider, Wine Editor, Sunset Magazine

In segments one and two, Sara Schneider, Wine Editor of Sunset Magazine returns after a few weeks off to talk about how surprisingly well the mass-produced brands actually do at prestigious blind wine tastings. In the end, Sara and David conclude that one should not be too quick to judge and if you enjoy bargain wines, there’s no compelling reason to spend more if you’re perfectly happy.


Randy Arold, Barefoot Wine Brand Ambassador

Randy Arold, Barefoot Wine Brand Ambassador

Next it’s Randy Arnold, the longtime Brand Ambassador for Barefoot Wines, perhaps the biggest wine producer in America, if not the world.  David asks Randy just how much wine Barefoot makes – find out if Randy spills the beans. Regardless, you’ll get a whole lot of insight into one of America’s most beloved brands.

Finally, in the Grape Encounters News segment. Larry Gifford tells all about the wildly popular “Two-Buck Chuck.” Curious how some much wine can be sold for so little? Find out on this addition of Grape Encounters Radio.

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