Modesto Bee: Barefoot Wines See Big Rise in Sales

From The Modesto Bee:

The people at Barefoot had a wide selection of sparkling wines for New Year's Eve — and plenty of reason to celebrate themselves.

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, part of E.&J. Gallo Winery of Modesto since 2005, had another strong year of sales growth.

The still wines rose 23 percent in the 12 months ending in November, head winemaker Jennifer Wall said. The sparkling wines, a tiny fraction of the business, were up 7 percent.

Barefoot has become the top-selling brand in U.S. food stores, industry analyst Jon Fredrikson said.

"It's just been a remarkable track record," said Fredrikson, who is based in San Mateo County.

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