Wine Review: Franzia, Dark Red Blend
Franzia Dark Red Blend
White a quick internet search tells me that Barefoot Wines, and not Franzia, was the best selling wine in the U.S. in 2021, Franzia still holds a large share of the market. As boxed wines go, Franzia may indeed be "the world's most popular wine" as touted on the box.
Admittedly, I was worried that this purchase would be a regrettable decision. I've read some pretty questionable reviews but a couple weeks ago I was over at a friend's house and she gave me a glass of Franzia Sunset Blush. I raised an eyebrow but accepted the glass anyway and it actually wasn't bad; much smoother and more pleasant than I expected.
This is a 5 liter box and it was on sale at the grocery store for $13.99 so obviously the price is right.
My rating is a solid "not terrible". While Franzia wine may well be made with the backwash of wrung-out rags used to clean another winery's barrels, I've tried two of their blends now and both were better than I thought they would be. I've certainly had worse wines from more swanky winemakers and paid more for them too!
Franzia Dark Red Blend gets pretty darn "not terrible" about halfway through the second glass. Nice flavors of vanilla and oak garnished with cherry and pepper. 13.5% Alc/Vol and no headache or sour stomach in the morning.
Is it anything to get your panties all in a bunch about? No, but it'll getcha through until payday.