NAKED WINERY BLOG
Spring Barrel Tasting
Club Naked members will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the Naked Barrel Tasting event happening in our winemaking facility on March 7th, 21st, and 28th and April 4th, 18th, and 25th. This is your chance to spend time with our winemakers, taste some great wines, and learn about what it takes to create your favorite Naked Winery wines. You can even look forward to an opportunity to bottle your own wines and get screaming deals on some of our library selections!
We look forward to this event every year, so be sure to sign up at HERE and reserve your spots today! p.s. Additional guest tickets may be purchased for $20 per person if available.
2017 Oh! Cabernet Sauvignon Double Gold
2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Not to brag, but Naked is kind of a big deal. Turns out, we make some damn fine wine right here in Hood River, OR. We make the kind of wine that competes against fancy pants Napa Valley Cab at the San Francisco International Wine competition, wins double gold, and gets a nearly perfect 97 point score! Don’t worry, we won’t let all that snobby wine stuff go to our heads... but we are extremely proud. This gold medal-winning cabernet is available while it lasts online HERE and in our tasting rooms. Stop by to raise a glass of gold!
Get Uncorked Weekend
Get Uncorked with us on Saturday, March 7th & Sunday, March 8th as we serve up our newest club wine along with delicious treats! Stop into any of our tasting room locations (Bend, Seaside, and Hood River) to pick-up your March Quarterly Wines and enjoy your membership wine flight featuring our newest exclusive Club Naked Wine, 2017 Simple Pleasures Cabernet Sauvignon. Learn more HERE.
We also invite you to join us on Friday, March 6th for great music in all of our tasting rooms as we kick off Get Uncorked Weekend! All ages are welcome in our tasting rooms!
Bend | Live Music from Eric Leadbetter (6 pm start)
Hood River | Live Music from Mary Ryan (6 pm start)
Seaside | Live Music from Alex Heckel (6:30 pm start)
Let’s get together soon!
Naked Winery Team
We’re not usually the type to brag about these things. At Naked Winery we tend to focus on creating a memorable experience for our guests, instead of spouting off tasting notes and technical details. But let’s be real, our friends come to see us because they like to spend time with us… and they like our wine. In fact, there is a lot of hard work, dedication, and pride that goes into every bottle of Naked Wine. So, when we do submit wine to competition, more often than not, the results tend to reflect our passion and craft in the form of shiny medals and high ratings. Well, our 2017 Orgasmic Cabernet Sauvignon was no exception. We were blown away by the Double Gold, 97 point score it was given at the San Francisco International Wine Competition in November.
Turns out, Naked Winery is producing some damn fine wine right here in Hood River, Oregon. The kind of wines that are holding their own next to world-class Napa Cabs. I asked our winemaker Alaina Waller to give me some insight into what makes this vintage of Cab Sauv in particular so special, here’s what she had to say about it.
The fruit we used for this wine is a relatively even split between the ultra-premium blocks we had in Red Mountain (Red Mt. AVA, WA), Gunkel Vineyard (Maryhill, Columbia Valley, WA), and Echo Vineyard (Columbia Valley, OR). We used a vast array of yeasts within those three main lots to create another layer of complexity once they were all blended together. Also, Fifty percent of the barrels we used were new World Coop American oak. The 2017 harvest was a lot like this most recent 2019 harvest, minus the rain. It got really cold right in the middle, growers and winemakers kinda freaked out, and then we had a big rush to get all the fruit out of the field at the very end.
We tried to style our 2017 Oh! Cab to be a similar style as Napa Cabernet. About 80% of the wine we make is generally very approachable and needs no food pairing or small glass pours. Whereas, the Oh! Cabernet Sauvignon fits into the far reaches of our portfolio to fill the need for a red wine with higher tannin, big body, and something that will surely get better with age. I don't wanna say buy this wine and don't touch it for years. However, if you do buy a bottle, it will be better than you ever remembered as time goes on, so buy two! One, for now, one for later.
Naked Winery Team
Ever wonder what we’ve been humming around here at Naked HQ? We're gearing up for our 90's Throwback Party at the Seaside, OR Tasting Room on Feb-22 (more info HERE), so we're sharing our curated playlist. These jams are awesome and may invoke dancing ⚠️ you've been warned. Although we do ask that you refrain from the Macarena and the Tootsie Roll.
To loosely and not at all accurately quote a classic '90s jam, "Ain't no party like a '90s party, 'cause a '90s party don't stop." Am I right, or am I right? If you're planning to attend a 90’s themed party we advise that you consider sporting some like baggy jeans, flannel shirts and complementing combat boots. Yep, we’re feeling it.
Did we strike up some nostalgic feelings? Want more from our team? Follow Naked Winery on Spotify and stay tuned to the Naked Blog for more pour 'n play themes.
Naked Winery Team
Throwing an adult(ish) Halloween party means embracing all the things you loved about Halloween as a kid, but celebrating that you choose wine over apple cider now. (Nothing against apple cider, here.) You’re youthful at heart, but your idea of a party can also be embodied in a sip of knock-your-socks-off, palette-awing Nebbiolo. Luckily, throwing an adult(ish) Halloween party is all about mixing the light-hearted and the elegant. The cheap pizza rolls and the rich blue cheese. The neon-orange Halloween Oreos and your favorite bottle of NAKED wine. All you need to pull together any of your favorite elements in the form of a great party is a bit of magic, a bit of mischief, and a bit of hocus pocus.
A BIT OF MAGIC (décor)
- First of all, faux cobwebs are a must. They’re cheap, create a dramatic effect, and have the perfect adult(ish) vibe. (You can even text your mother saying there was a reason you weren’t dusting all these months.) Add confetti, glitter, large balloon spiders, small spiders, bats...whatever you can imagine would get stuck in a cobweb. Not that you’d know.
- Next, get a pile of pumpkins. Large, small, painted purple or green—any assortment of pumpkins can start off the night strewn around the party for decoration and turn into a competitive pumpkin carving contest. Have some pumpkin carving tools, tealight candles, and a cheap plastic tablecloth on hand so your guests can spread out on the floor without making a mess.
- To amp up your atmosphere, throw on a party playlist. You can customize your own or choose a playlist like Naked's on Spotify “Ultimate Halloween Party Playlist.” (Warning: good alcohol + good tunes may lead to an impromptu dance party.)
- Remember, décor is where you can layout the vibe, whether it’s classy or sassy. Use orange glitter, skull confetti, black streamers, or any of your typical Halloween décor to make your party shine in the details! Don’t forget to plan a surprise in the bathroom, where most of your guests will visit, whether it’s a skeleton in the shower, plastic spiders in the soap jar, or eyeballs on the inside of the toilet lid. Spooky.
A BIT OF MISCHIEF (drinks and food)
- Wine: Let guests pick their poison, so to speak. Naked has a lot of options that easily translate to an adult(ish) Halloween party theme...Vixen Syrah, Diva Sangiovese, Dominatrix Pinot Noir... just saying, folks are already in costume. Have fun with it!
- Cocktails: It’s nice to stock a few hard alcohol choices, like whiskey or gin, and some beer for your party guests who aren’t into wine. (It’s okay...we all have those friends.) You can also make some Halloween-themed red wine cocktails. (We like Apothic’s list of red wine cocktail recipes.)
- Blind Tasting: Cover up a wine bottle with your own label, proclaiming it “vampire blood,” “love potion,” or whatever fits your party flair. Make a blind wine tasting event, however formal or informal you’d like. Guests can simply vote on their favorite wine or try to guess the correct varietal for a prize.
- Water: To avoid any spooky hangovers, label a pitcher of cold water “mermaid tears” and encourage your guests to hydrate. It’s for the mermaids!
- Spooky Snacks: Hallo-peño Poppers, Hallo-weiners, Baked Zom-beans—we’re going to go ahead and give you license to create as many punny Halloween appetizers as possible. When else will you be able to seriously ask someone, “How did you like the spaghetti and eyeballs?” You can also keep it simple and embrace the flavors of fall with cinnamon rolls, butternut squash soup, or anything pumpkin flavored. (Apparently, pumpkin spice puppy chow is a thing...you should probably check that out, as it sounds like it goes smashingly with wine.)
A BIT OF HOCUS POCUS (activities)
- Play some classic Halloween movies in the background of your party. The movie isn’t the focus (because you and your friends are entertaining enough when you have alcohol, am-I-right?), but playing a film that fits your theme will add to the party vibe. That may involve playing Hocus Pocus over and over again until it seems like you’re the parents in the movie’s dance party caught in an infinite loop of high-spirited bliss, dancing till they die. We can think of worse parties.
- Paint pumpkins or wine bottles—the best decorator wins a prize! This can be a chill ice breaker to get your party rolling while watching the aforementioned Halloween movie.
- Make your own witch’s brew with guests by making root beer from scratch. The dry ice in this recipe doubles as a special effect! Guests can take turns stirring the cauldron. For larger parties, make the root beer in a cooler. Root beer floats for dessert!
- Play Minute to Win it Games. This takes a bit more forward planning, but it will be rewarding to watch your friends compete in costume at minute-to-win-it style Halloween games, like Pumpkin Bowling, Face the Cookie, or Fear Factor (take on adult-type foods like tofu! Octopus! Stinky cheese!) We won’t explicitly say these games are more fun when you’re drinking a glass of Naked Winery wine, but nonscientific studies have shown a correlation.
With this bit of magic, mischief, hocus pocus, and your favorite Naked wines, your Adult-ISH Halloween party will be one to remember. If you're not into throwing your own party let us do it for you. Stop by our Hood River, Bend and Seaside Tasting Rooms on Oct-31 for some Hallowine Trick-or-Treating! More info here.
Naked Winery Team | Lisa Laughlin
After a long (not so hot) summer, fall is finally here! That magical time of year when the days get shorter, the leaves begin to change, and we all turn into the most cliche version of ourselves. When we revel in all things pumpkin spice, collect an irrational amount of decorative gourds, run around in fuzzy sweaters, and break into the red wine stash with gusto! Even though summer is over, the good times in the Gorge keep on rolling. It’s the perfect time of year to head out of the gloom that covers much of Western Oregon, and take advantage of the sunshine and harvest activities that make this season so special in Hood River.
Naked Winery's kicking off the harvest season on Saturday, October 5th and 12th with Naked Winery Harvest training!
If you’ve ever wondered how wine is made, then wonder no more! We're going to give you a hands-on experience. It’s your chance to live the life of a Naked Winemaker! Join us for this exclusive event in our Hood River Winemaking facility, just a few blocks from our downtown Hood River tasting room.
Tickets are available here and include winemaking with our Naked Winemakers, BBQ lunch or dinner, beverages (wine to taste of course) and a special Harvest bottle of wine to take home.
Make sure you stop in to check out our brand new Hood River tasting room while you're in the area! There are plenty of cozy nooks and crannies to snuggle up in. It’s the perfect way to spend a chilly afternoon with friends enjoying a glass of wine.
The Autumn fanfare continues with Hood River Valley Harvest Fest! More than 120 farmers, artisan food producers, wineries, cideries, and artists will gather along the Columbia River from October 11-13 to celebrate the region’s bounty. Naked Winery will be serving up wine flights, glass pours, and bottle sales all weekend long, so stop in and taste what’s new this season!
Grab your friends and join in the fun for the 2019 Hallo-Wine Walk. It’s all treats, no tricks for grown-up boys and ghouls! Come out, costumed or not, and taste the impressive wines of the Columbia River Gorge October 28th and 29th! Sip on complimentary tastings at all 8 downtown tasting rooms, and enjoy live music and special discounts at participating wineries. Tickets are available here and include 2 tastes at each winery, 6 bottle wine tote, and wine glass for tasting.
After all that apple picking and wine tasting, the last thing you’ll want to do is drive all the way home. Make it a weekend and take advantage of the cozy and convenient accommodations Hood River has to offer. Make your reservation at the historic downtown Hood River Hotel and mention Naked Winery when you call to receive 20% off of your stay.
However you decide to spend your time in the Gorge this season, make sure to drink the wine you like, with the people you love, in the places you want to share. Happy Fall Y'all from all of us at Naked Winery!
Naked Winery Team
For some people, Thanksgiving is all about the food. And, what’s not to love about dreamy, creamy mashed potatoes, that savory turkey, and swoon-worthy marshmallow-covered yams? We get it. The food is pretty great. But, if you’re reading this blog, we bet you also care about the WINE on your Thanksgiving table. If you're on the hunt for a good wine for Thanksgiving, look no further: Barbera is the answer.
At the first hint of fall, Barbera is the wine we dream about. When that cool crispness returns to the air and the leaves start to flush red and orange, Barbera just feels right, like pulling your favorite cozy flannel out of the closet again. It’s warm, rich, medium-bodied and full of all the fall spices we love.
Much like the mix of aromas at a Thanksgiving dinner table, different layers of Barbera will emerge the more you evaluate it. Our Oh! Orgasmic Barbera has a touch of tannin to complement the bright red fruit notes you’ll find as soon as you pour a glass. Swirl your glass to uncover a warm mix of spice and floral notes. Sip to discover a blast of blood orange on the palate, followed by candied apple flavors. We’re not saying you have to skip Thanksgiving dessert, but with this wine, it’s definitely possible. Now, why this wine will be perfect for all you food-lovers out there: Barbera is a light Italian wine, known as the “wine of the people,” which makes it a great crowd pleaser and wine to pair with food. It’s generally higher in acidity, which means it will go with some of the fats typically found around a holiday table, like dark-meat turkey with a bit of skin, salami, and lamb. Any wine with high acidity will work to cut through the richness in your food and balance the flavors in your mouth. That’s why Barbera is an easy-going holiday drinking companion; it’s amiable while still bringing its own flavor to the table, never clashing with your traditional favorites. As an added bonus, Barbera’s high acidity will act as a palate cleanser and keep your taste buds sharp.
Barbera will do double-work and perform with your dessert just as well as it did with dinner, as acidity also makes for complementary pairing with sweet foods. If you’re a holiday planner who puts wine before food (we knew we liked you!), here are a few recommended dishes to go with the centerpiece of your holiday table, your Barbera:
• Rich, dark meats like turkey or lamb
• Blue cheese
• Root vegetables
• Braised greens
For dessert, try a congruent pairing, matching the flavors of your Barbera wine with the flavors in your sweet dishes to make the pairing pop. Sage, anise, cinnamon, citrus, and nutmeg should all play well with a dessert-course serving of Barbera wine. Your dinner guests will soon be saying, You had me at Barbera!
Naked Winery Team | Lisa Laughlin
After 4 fun-filled years in McMinnville, we will be closing our tasting room at the end of September. Our final day of service will be Monday, September 30th, 2019. We are truly appreciative of all the support from all our Club Naked Members, visitors, the City of McMinnville and the surrounding community throughout the years. It has been an honor to be a small part of so many people's lives - from weddings to birthdays, and other fun celebrations of life. We will miss this place and the people that filled the space.
We will have normal operating hours through the end of September: Sun-Thurs 12-7 pm | Fri & Sat 12-9 pm. You can also stop in and visit us at our other locations: Bend, Seaside, and our NEW Hood River Tasting Room. And coming fall 2020, we’ll have a new wine bar at Kirkland Tower located at The Waterfront in Vancouver, WA!!! The tasting room staff in McMinnville are some of the best around and we are so thankful to have them.
We're throwing one last bash before we close our doors! Join us on Sunday, September 29th from 12-3 pm for Drag Brunch Bye Bye. The Queens and DJ Juice will be hosting the Drag Brunch Party and Juice's Pancake Lounge be serving up delicious a pancake brunch with champagne ($15) and we'll have the entire store marked down to 40% OFF! We look forward to celebrating with all of you so come on by for a final toast and great deals on wine. All ages welcome.
Peter Steinfeld (Owner & Head Winemaker) and Shelly Kice (Tasting Room Manager)
You’re getting married! Congratulations, Mazel Tov, cheers and best wishes! Now you get to plan a wedding (“the best part” - said no one ever) which comes with a lot of questions, a few meltdowns and a LOT of time deciding what’s gonna work within your budget. More than likely, you are going to need some alcohol, and not just for your late night seating arrangement planning, but also for you and your guests on the big day! What’s a wedding without a few rowdy but heartfelt toasts to the happy couple? Here are some helpful tips and suggestions to help you get your party started.
You’ll want to communicate with your event site and caterer to see what your bar options are. Some venues provide both bar service and alcohol, and charge a flat per person rate for an open bar. Another option is a pay as you go bar tab, that you can cut off when you reach a certain amount. But if you have the option to have a DIY bar with bartenders you hire to pour for your reception, you will have to purchase the alcohol for the entire event.
But how much are you going to need? I mean, your best friend can finish off a bottle of prosecco by herself within an hour long episode of The Bachelor, but your great aunt Susan has been booze free since ‘73. So, short of reaching out and asking each guest just how lit they plan to get, what’s a bride to do?! Never fear, there are some pretty solid rules of thumb that will help you solve the mystery at hand and stay within your budget without having to send your groomsmen to the liquor store mid reception because you ran out of wine.
Whether you’re worried about your guests over doing it or just trying to stay on budget, it’s definitely not necessary to offer hard alcohol at your reception. Providing beer and wine is fine, especially since according to retailers Total Wine and BevMo, 70-80% of guests prefer beer and wine anyway. Of those guests, about 60% will drink wine and 40% will drink beer. For your wine menu, it is customary to offer one sparkling wine, one white wine and one red wine. A good rule of thumb for the amount of wine to buy is to assume each guest will consume about two glasses for the cocktail hour and one glass per hour every hour after that. If you plan to do a champagne toast, you will need about 13 bottles for every 100 guests.
If you’re having a hard time wrapping your head around those numbers, we’ve included a video with helpful hints to help you avoid the pitfalls of a DIY bar. And if all else fails, err on the side of too much. Most wine has a shelf life of several years, plenty of time to work your way through any excess bottles you may have to take home at the end of the night.
Naked Winery Team
If you’ve driven down Oak Street in Hood River the past few weeks you might have noticed some work on the building that Brian's Pourhouse once occupied. Well guess what?! It’s our new Hood River Tasting Room! We took a crew on a tour a few days ago to show us the layout. Check it out.
This new location will give us a lot more space dedicated to serving you amazing Naked Wines. That includes outdoor seating with views of the Columbia River Gorge. There is also a lower level and patio that will be perfect for events! Besides all that good stuff, we’re also going to have a kitchen dedicated to creating amazing desserts. Yeah that’s right, pretty soon you’ll be able to come down to 606 Oak St, Hood River, OR and enjoy your favorite Naked Winery wines alongside some of the best desserts in town! There will be more seating, lots of parking, and we’ll be doing some fun events in the new space.
Watch the clip below! Our very own Becky Williams (Naked Winery Marketing Manager) shared the news of our new Hood River, OR and Vancouver, WA locations with Molly from KPTV's MORE Good Day Oregon. 👇
Now that we’ve got you all excited, you’re probably wondering when all this is going to be done, huh? Looks like Saturday, August 31, 2019 is go-time! We'll also have live music that Saturday (8/31) from Jon Durkan (Pavement Ends Band) from 6-9pm. In the meantime, please visit us at our tasting room located at 102 2nd Street in Hood River which will remain open until Friday, August 30th.
We'd also love you to join us as we gather with our neighbors for a ribbon-cutting and open house on Thursday, Sept-12 from 5-7pm! This event is a great opportunity to invite friends to visit the space we call home and connect with us over a glass of wine -- hope you can join us! Stay tuned to our social channels for more updates and for info on our grand opening party!
You can also read more about our new location from Hood River News >
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Naked Winery Team
📢 BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!
Naked Winery is opening a new wine bar next fall at Kirkland Tower located at The Waterfront in Vancouver, WA. That's right...we're crossing Oregon state lines to bring our delicious wines to the amazing people in Washington starting fall 2020. To say that we are super excited about it is an understatement 🙌 🥂✨
Watch the clip below! Our very own Becky Williams (Naked Marketing Manager) shared the new of our new Vancouver location with KPTV's MORE Good Day Oregon. 👇
Naked Winery Team