Anne Jackson finds tasty action at new Naked Winery tasting room in Bend
Whoever said “networking” is the key to finding a job must have had Naked in mind.
Anne Jackson, the first tasting room manager for Naked's new tasting room in Bend's Old Mill District, got caught in the Naked net.
Jackson's husband, James, runs the Side Effect Boardshop in Bend.
Through the store, Jackson met Becky Kinney, who at that time was working in marketing at Mt. Bachelor.
Kinney joined Naked in mid-2012 as its “secret weapon,” later posted on Facebook about Naked's need for a tasting room manager in Bend, and Jackson saw a great opportunity to … sip into something new.
“I was hired to bring what this wine is doing here (in Hood River) to Bend, and bring that same fun to it,” Jackson said during a recent visit to the mother ship.
“Bend embraces a lot of outdoor activities rather than working endless hours, which is a lot of what Naked is about.”
Jackson is used to good things coming from chance meetings. She met her husband during one of her eight summers teaching at Mt. Hood's High Cascade Snowboard Camp.
She says the Bend tasting room delivers perfectly on Naked's indoor-outdoor vibe. It sits at a corner of its building, and features outdoor seating a short audio distance from the popular Les Schwab Amphitheater across the Deschutes River to the west.
“It's a little cozier than the Hood River space,” she says of the 1,400-square-foot room. “There's great outdoor seating, for people to hang out in the summer.”
While Naked awaits its permanent service license, the tasting room is open weekends. Jackson expects permits before July, when she and a couple of new hires will kick operations into summer style. From then on, Naked Bend will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Club Naked members will have a separate space inside, but anyone and everyone (over 21; children are welcome with their parents or guardians.) can amble in for a taste, to purchase bottles or simply take a break from the milling mallions.
If you're one of them, be sure to introduce yourself to Anne. She's eager to help you and Bend get Naked.