NAKED WINERY BLOG
NAKED WINERY BLOG
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)
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 >
Questions? Shoot us an email at email@example.com.
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
Naked Winery has four awesome locations, and each tasting room town has its own style and local amenities to offer! Explore them all for a wine-centric summer road trip through Oregon. Here are our recommendations on where to eat, stay, and explore in Hood River, McMinnville, Seaside, and Bend.
HOOD RIVER, OREGON
Located in the sunny, breezy Columbia Gorge, Hood River has ample play for the outdoor enthusiast and shopper alike. Explore the Columbia River from the shore or on paddle, hike Mount Hood, and, of course, drink awesome wine! Starting at our Naked Winery tasting room on 2nd street will put you in the perfect downtown area to explore Hood River’s unique shops and eateries listed below.
Choose from a variety of B & B’s, hotels, vacation rentals, or go glamping! The Columbia Cliff Villas will provide stunning views from the Cliffs, while the pet-friendly Hood River Hotel will provide a touch of vintage and a great downtown walking stay. If camping is your thing, check out these local campgrounds.
After wine tasting and playing around Hood River, grab a slice of pizza at Andrew's Pizza or find classic burger fare at Full Sail Brewing Company. Broder Øst has unique Scandinavian breakfast options, while Three Rivers Grill offers delicious Northwest cuisine with spectacular views of the Columbia River, these are only a few of Hood River’s dining options!
Pick berries, rock climb, shop, hike, or play on the water! Hood River’s frequent winds make this town a hotspot for sailing, kiteboarding, or windsurfing. Travel a bit out of town to paddleboard on the Instagram-perfect Lost Lake. Go mountain biking or explore the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. You can also plan your trip around major events, like the Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim or Hood River Hops Fest. If you’re traveling with kids, check out this list of top family activities in Hood River.
McMinnville is in the heart of the Willamette Valley—in other words, big-time wine country! You’ll discover a historic vibe when you stay in this small town and will have your pick of farm-to-table dining options. Cycle through the vineyards, visit chic boutiques, or unwind with a forest bath (yes, it’s a thing).
While Air B-n-B options in this town abound, we’d recommend a stay at the historic McMenamins Hotel Oregon. Built in 1905, this beautiful hotel makes for easy walking to the McMinnville Naked tasting room and a host of other activities, as it’s located on the popular 3rd Street of historic downtown. Hotel Oregon is also across the street from Serendipity Ice Cream. (Ice cream and wine, anyone?)
As you may well know, it’s important to eat on any wine trip! Pura Vida Cocina has modern Latin cuisine, like salmon ceviche, while Thistle has top-quality seasonal menus. Check out the locally-sourced Crescent café for breakfast, and the 411 Eatery and Lounge for fresh fare at lunch or dinner time (p.s. they also deliver right to our tasting room). Pizza Capo is the place to go for a pizza pie.
Catch 3rd Friday on 3rd Street, a celebration every third Friday of the month on the street where our Naked Winery tasting room is located. Look to see if there’s a special event while you’re in town, like the International Pinot Noir Celebration, Wildwood MusicFest, or the 15th Annual Willamette Valley Lavender Festival. Go for a bike ride on the McMinnville wine loop, or one of those forest baths we mentioned. Grab the family and spend the day at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, home of the Hughes Spruce Goose and Wings & Waves Indoor Waterpark. Have a picnic at Ed Grenfell Park along Baker Creek, check out an art gallery, or, if you’re traveling with kids, spend some time at the McMinnville Aquatic Center. There’s an adventure for every type in McMinnville.
This playful town along the North Coast of Oregon has long been popular as a relaxed beachside getaway. Walk, bike, or kayak around to get a feel for this unique place and all it has to offer. Taste your favorite Naked wines in our tasting room and then catch the sunset from the sand.
If you’re looking for a romantic stay or ultimate girls’ retreat, book your room at the historic (adults-only) Gilbert Inn Hotel. WorldMark Seaside by Wyndham Resort is a great place to stay with quick beach access. You can also camp at Fort Stevens State Park.
Start your day with a hearty brunch at the Firehouse Grill. After wine tasting and walking on the beach, try the homemade dessert at Nonni’s Italian Bistro. Grab casual fish & ships at Bell Buoy Seaside, or eat dinner at Thai Me Up, where “love is the main ingredient.”
Bike along the beachside Promenade or try your hand at clam digging. If it’s the right time of year, you can spy gray whales migrating along the coast. There’s even surfing, with rentals available from local surf shops. Golf at one of several courses, go birding along the grassy dunes, or browse three distinct (tax-free!) shopping districts with goods ranging from antiques to artisan smoked salmon. Other attractions include the Seaside Aquarium and historic Lewis & Clark Salt Works. The Funland Arcade and Captain Kid Amusement Park are must-stops for kids. Here’s a full list of local events.
Bend is a small, high-desert town along the Deschutes River in eastern Oregon that’s garnered attention as the “outdoor playground of the west.” After visiting our playful Naked Winery tasting room in the Old Mill District, explore all that Bend has to offer!
With river and mountain views and close access to the Old Mill District, My Place Hotel is a great place to bring your family and pets. Riverhouse on the Deschutes will put you in the heart of downtown Bend. Whatever type of place you’d like to stay, it’s likely Bend has it, from boutique hotels to luxury camper van rentals.
The food scene in Bend is as varied as the ways to play around town. Start with breakfast at The Lemon Tree, get authentic Cuban fare for lunch at Cuban Kitchen, visit Bangers & Brews for gourmet sausages with an Argentinian Flair, or hit up Boxwood Kitchen in the Old Mill District for a modern take on the classic supper club experience (see photo🤤).
You can’t go wrong spending a day in the Old Mill District of Bend, with an outdoor concert venue, tasting rooms, and delightful pick of restaurants. Schedule your trip to line up with an event like Bend Brewfest or Art in the High Desert. Bend is a huge outdoor recreation play area, so you can also catch a tour for whitewater rafting or book a local outdoor guide to hit the lakes, trails, and rivers.
Visit the High Desert Museum, hike at the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area or Deschutes National Forest, or take a horseback ride into the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Trail. Don’t just take our word for how awesome Bend is—check out these crowd-sourced “love” lists with top things to do rated by visitors and locals alike.
We hope you have FUN exploring all of our Naked locations with your friends and loved ones this summer!
Naked Winery Team | Lisa Laughlin
Summer is the perfect time to plan a picnic with your wine! Err—we mean friends. Bringing both is a great start, but what else do you need for the perfect picnic experience? You can hike to a secluded meadow near the mountains, picnic while on vacation to save money and eat al fresco, or head to the town park. Your outdoor picnic can be elegant, romantic, or casual. No matter your vibe, we’ve got you covered with a list of essentials so you can be your spontaneous, adventurous self.
You knew we’d say wine, right? As long as your picnic spot is in a legal outdoor drinking area, wine is our first essential. And our line of NAKED Outdoor Vino wines are the perfect picnic partners! With a BPA-free plastic bottle that’s way lighter than glass and can be reused or recycled, Outdoor Vino is ready for any picnic adventure. Choose from Wanderlust White, Rambling Red, or our Outdoor Vino Pino Gris or Cabernet Sauvignon. If you’re not using one of our slick, screw-top Outdoor Vino wines, be sure to pack a corkscrew!
If you’re not using one of our slick, screw-top Outdoor Vino wines, be sure to pack a corkscrew!
Forgetting to pack a glass will leave you chugging out of the neck of a wine bottle, which can be awkward if you’re not that close to your blanket-sharing buds. We recommend an insulated tumbler like our Naked Hydro Flask Wine Glass or Ultimate Camp Mug to keep white wine chilled while you’re having fun in the sun. An added bonus is that most wine tumblers come with a lid, keeping the fruit flies at bay. If you’re extra fancy, bring wine glass picnic stakes for your traditional stemmed glassware so you can go hands-free without risking your wine wobbling over in the grass. A pack-it-in pack-it-out reusable glass means you don’t have to worry about waste!
3) AN OUTDOOR BLANKET
Any blanket will do, of course, but choosing a blanket that’s water-resistant and easily portable will make for smooth set up and tear down. We love this Lightspeed Outdoors Folding Outdoor Blanket, which folds into a roll secured by Velcro and has a built-in strap for easy carrying. It’s 5 x 7-foot dimensions weigh less than five pounds, so it’s the perfect summer packer to lounge out and stargaze or host a circle of friends.
It wouldn’t be much of a picnic without food, though we’re not above saying that sitting out with a blanket and wine bottle sounds good enough. Packing a variety of carbs, proteins, and fats will keep your picnic lively and ready for a discussion on wine pairing (if you’re into that kind of stuff). Keep it casual with a box of crackers, cheddar cheese, a bundle of grapes, and some chocolate chip cookies. Kick it up a notch with a mobile charcuterie board, packing a variety of olives, artisan cheeses, cured meats and whatever else delights your antipasto heart. Take your next brunch with friends outdoors by packing scones, strawberries, savory quiche, and coffee cake. Pro tips: Prep your food before you go. Slice cheese, cucumbers, or apples at home so you don’t have to pack a knife. Choose foods that are easy to transport and bring an ice pack if needed.
5) PICNIC BASKET
Ditch the traditional wooden basket that Yogi Bear might stumble upon in the woods—unless you start out close to your picnic destination, an insulated bag or backpack will be much more effective in keeping your food (and wine!) appropriately chilled. A bright blue cooler pack may not be Instagram-worthy, but you’ll be glad you opted for practicality when it’s time to dig in. No one wants to eat sweaty cheese on a date.
6) CUTTING BOARD, PLATE OR TRAY
The casual picnic-goer will be fine passing around the Tupperware, but if you’re going for glam, make sure you pack a wooden cutting board or flat tray to create a sturdy centerpiece for your food. Consider bringing lightweight, individual plates if you’re in an area where picnic guests may want to roam off-blanket with food in hand.
The best entertainment might be watching a sunset while you pinpoint tasting notes for your wine. Or gazing at the stars while sipping Oh! Orgasmic Nebbiolo with no conversation other than what the crickets are offering. But if you’re picnicking with a group, a deck of cards is a great way to engage, get to know new friends, and keep folks away from their smartphones. You can #picnicparty later.
We know you remembered the wine, but its counterpart water is another essential, especially if you’re hiking out and packed the olives with extra brine. Bring an insulated, reusable water bottle filled halfway with ice to keep cool and hydrated.
9) SUN & BUG PROTECTION
No picnic is sexy if you’re slapping mosquitos off your partner and getting sunburnt. Pack a good-smelling, reef-friendly, paraben-free sunscreen like Sun Bum and an organic bug deterrent to enjoy the outdoors without the pests. We can’t recommend anything to prevent ants, but, well. . . they seem picnic-y anyway!
10) CLEAN UP
When you’re finished soaking up the sights, wine, and living in the moment with your friends, you’ll want an easy clean up. Pack a container or bag to hold food waste and wrappers so trash is easy to compile and throw away when you get home. If you’re picnicking with kids (or high-spirited adults), bring a pack of napkins or wet wipes so you’re sticky-free on the way home. We hope at the end of your picnic you’re happy, full of wine and smiles, and have made a few memories!
Naked Winery Team | Lisa Laughlin
We recently invited a few Team Naked members to sit back, relax and sip wine in the place where all the magic happens -- our Hood River Winery. We took the fun to Facebook Live with Maija (Club Naked Wine Club Manager), Alaina & Tracy (Winemakers) and Liz (Marketing Guru) where we treated all of them to a tasting of our current C-Mix wines: Foreplay Chardonnay, Naked Pinot Gris, Booty Call, Dominatrix Pinot Noir, and Oh! Orgasmic Meritage. With the final tasting in the line up being our newest Club Naked exclusive wine, A Little Classy, A Little Sassy Red Blend. This red blend was beautifully crafted by our winemaker Alaina Waller. It's full of elegance, finesse and some sass! Read more about it here.
Our winemakers gave the ins-and-outs of the wines and what inspired them. Then the fun part—wine tasting. Our favorite quote of the day was from Liz who said: “my peasant pallet would definitely pair this wine with a Midnight Milky Way.” 🤣 🍫 🍷. Watch the video below for the recap!
We would love to have you stop into any of our 4 Oregon Tasting Rooms for a wine tasting - we've got over 30 wine varietie...basically something for everyone. Stay tuned for more info and wine tastings from our Naked Winemakers and Club Naked Wine Club Managers!
Not a Club Naked Member? No worries. Check out our wine club HERE.
Naked Winery Team
First established in 1970, Earth Day is a movement that sparks passion and motivates action for environmental preservation. In honor of Earth Day (Apr-22), we wanted to help spread awareness of the importance of building a healthy, sustainable environment. In 2009 we started Outdoor Vino with a simple mission: to make wine more accessible to the places you love to be, from picnic tables to mountain tops and everywhere in between. We encourage you to "Take it Outside" and explore our amazing Earth! We also wanted to create a product that is a better choice for the wellbeing of our planet.
Outdoor Vino is bottled in BPA-free plastic with an easy access screw cap so these wines are ready when you are. This packaging represents a sustainable choice because it is lightweight, it requires less energy to produce and recycle than glass. It is more energy-efficient to transport, thus leaving a smaller carbon footprint. At the other end of the life cycle, plastic bottles can be recyclable and reusable. Ninety-four percent of Americans have access to a PET recycling program, meaning that whether consumers are enjoying their wine in the wild outdoors or closer to home, they are able to recycle their bottles once they’ve finished.
Naked Winery Team