Pair Like a Pro | Naked Winery Food & Wine Pairing
I am so happy to be bringing you this guest blog post with two of my favorite wines from Naked Winery. I paired them both with a meal you can make at home. This made my culinary soul so happy. I felt like I was back in school taking my cooking exams (I actually enjoyed that part of culinary school) and I think I passed this test with flying colors...even though it wasn’t a test.
Naked Winery says it best when describing themselves (About Naked). They started back in 2005, and what a community they have built since then. I visit Bend, Oregon often and the Naked Winery Tasting Room is definitely one of the stops I have to make when I am in town. The staff at the location in The Old Mill District is so kind and fun to be around. I actually became friends with 2 of the girls who work there. So shout out to Kennedy and Jesse for always making me feel right at home at the Bend location.
I discovered Naked Winery 3 years ago on my 25th birthday. Naked Winery had already been apart of my life because their wine corks were in my centerpieces at my wedding 3 years ago. My Aunt had shipped some of their wine corks to me when I was in need of a lot of corks for 12 centerpieces for the wedding. I asked my husband if we could make a trip to Bend for my birthday because it's my happy place. We were in The Old Mill District on my birthday walking around and shopping when we decided to stop in because I had remembered their wine corks. We fell in love with the wine and the vibe of the winery/brand. We signed up for Club Naked membership right then and there that day. And it has been a beautiful love story ever since with Naked Winery.
Naked Winery sent me the Diva Sangiovese and the Making Waves Albariño. Diva is medium-bodied wine, with aromas of pomegranate and cocoa. The tasting palette is of cranberry with rich oak characteristics. I really enjoyed this Sangiovese as a summer red wine. I'm normally very particular to white and rose wines in the summer because I can’t handle the heaviness of red wine in the middle of summer. But I didn't think it was heavy at all. I really enjoyed it that night. I could have sat on my patio chatting with friends all night with a bottle of this. Summer campfire anyone? The Albariño makes me wish I was on a boat, on a lake just cruising around. It would be a great beach day wine. With aromas of coconut and pineapple. Flavors of ripe melon and juicy peach make it for a great summer wine.
I decided to pair the Sangiovese with zucchini lasagna rolls and the Albariño with a white fish in a sauce comprised of wine, tomato, and basil. Yum! Saturday night we started with the zucchini lasagna rolls -- they were so fun to make! I definitely recommend if you make these to make it a date night idea with you and your significant other because the rolling part of the zucchini is a little time-consuming. But I really enjoyed doing it together with my husband. Another way Naked Winery brings people together is with good wine and food. So open your wine and get rolling!
On Sunday I made the halibut in my white wine, tomato, and basil sauce. I was able to cook with the Albariño because the recipe calls for 1/4 cup of white wine. I only ever cook with wine that I would drink. This recipe is super easy. You make the sauce and then pan fry the fish and finish it in the oven. I roasted some baby potatoes as a side dish. The recipe is for cod but I love halibut so I just switched the type of fish. This recipe also goes well with shrimp or scallop dishes. It is a great summer wine and this is a great summer dish.
I have been truly honored to work with Naked Winery and bring you this post. I am a huge fan of them and I hope you visit them if you are near any one of their locations in Oregon. They are also opening a wine bar in Vancouver, WA next fall. I can’t wait to visit it! I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Read Kim's blog post HERE to get the whole story.