by Matthew Wexler
Randy Arnold’s roots are in the wine industry, literally. His ancestors had vineyards in northern California dating back to the late 1800s and his own experience began by planting grape vines on the estate. It was a natural progression that Randy’s journey would bring him to Barefoot Wine & Bubbly (www.barefootwine.com), where he celebrates 25 years. He currently hold the position of Barefoot Ambassador (employees are affectionately called “Barefooters”), and he reflects upon the massive changes in the wine and spirits industry, as well as Barefoot’s longstanding commitment to LGBT organizations.
Barefoot’s history began with acclaimed winemaker Davis Bynum, who created Barefoot Bynum Burgundy in 1965. The name paid homage to the tradition of stomping grapes to extract the juice. Bynum stopped producing the wine about a decade later and it wasn’t until 1986 that founders Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey resurrected the brand as Barefoot Cellars. The signature footprint label has been the brand’s calling card ever since, and a symbol of approachable wines that celebrate diversity and inclusion.