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Investor’s Business Daily – Barefoot Building Wine Giant

Harvey, Houlihan Went Barefoot Building Wine Giant

By CURT SCHLEIER, FOR INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY

In the early 1980s, the wine market was largely dedicated to what Michael Houlihan calls “the sniff, sip and spit crowd.”
That is, people who prided themselves on their knowledge of fine wine — or could fake it.
But Houlihan and his partner, Bonnie Harvey, saw a market for inexpensive yet quality

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Taste California Travel!

The Barefoot Spirit Review by Dan Clarke
 
The Barefoot Spirit succeeds on several levels.
Those in or around the wine business will enjoy some of the inside scoop on how a young couple naively entered their industry, made predictable mistakes and yet survived. And eventually prospered. Actually, though the product was wine, their journey might serve as a blueprint smart people with boundless energy and dogged

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KBOI-TV 2 Television Interview

 
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) – The founders of Barefoot Wine have a new book out talking about their unique journey of building one of the countries top selling wines. Although it may not have happened if not for the current owner of a Boise restaurant.
Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey started Barefoot Wine out of their laundry room in California back in 1985. The current owner of the Stagecoach Inn in Boise, Rick… Read More

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Wine Business Monthly

by Cyril Penn | May 24, 2013 | 2:35 PM

So I finished reading my advance copy of The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart built America’s #1 Wine Brand (written with Rick Kushman). It was officially released last week.
These days, Barefoot is owned by E&J Gallo and is a six-million case brand. It wasn’t always that way.
Most people aren’t familiar with the improbable story of how Barefoot started.… Read More
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Rags-to-Riches Beach Reading Material – Yahoo Small Business Advisor

 
 By Adrienne Burke 
Looking for a good book to get lost in this Memorial Day weekend? The Barefoot Spirit is an entertaining rags-to-riches story of American entrepreneurship. Released this week, the paperback has already climbed to the top of the Amazon bestsellers list.
It’s the first-hand tale of California rule breakers Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, founders of the country’s top-selling… Read More

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How to Succeed in the Wine Business Without Really Knowing a Damn Thing About It

How to Succeed in the Wine Business Without Really Knowing a Damn Thing About It 
Written by Jordan Wright of Whisk and Quill 
Last month I spoke with Barefoot Wines founder Michael Houlihan about his upcoming book The Barefoot Spirit (Evolve Publishing – May 2013).  Michael, who has been in the wine industry for nearly 30 years along with his life and business partner Bonnie Harvey, created the… Read More

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The Barefoot Spirit is a Strong One; Interview with Michael Houlihan

Michael Luchies, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Mar 11, 2013
Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey are two of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of talking with, and they just so happen to be incredibly successful and world renowned entrepreneurs. Michael and Bonnie founded and grew the Barefoot Wine brand, which is now the #1 wine brand in the US and one of the best selling and most recognizable wine brands in the world.

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Inc. 500 “INSANE REVENUE GROWTH” VinoPro Award Dinner

Last Friday, Michael Houlihan and Martin Jones were honored at VinoPro’s award dinner at Benziger Winery in Glen Ellen, CA.
Martin and Michael’s wine country consulting business, Houlihan and Jones, was responsible for helping to establish the business foundations necessary for this company’s incredible success.
VinoPro, is now the largest outbound, outsourced, telemarketing company in the wine… Read More

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Entrepreneur Magazine Interview with Michael Houlihan

Please check out this great interview in the March issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, that Michael Houlihan had, on Sales with Wine Benefits.
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Oakland Magazine Interviews Michael Houlihan

Q & A: Michael Houlihan
Co-Founder of Barefoot Wine

by Candace Murphy
Photography by: Jennifer Hall
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Chances are, if you’re a wine drinker, you’ve gone Barefoot. You know the wine—the big bottle, the label’s bare footprint, the original flavors of red or white. The whole, “Get Barefoot and have a great time!” slogan.
Now Michael Houlihan—an Oakland product and 1963 Bishop O’Dowd High School grad—who

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