NAKED WINERY BLOG
NAKED WINERY BLOG
We're not so good at cooking with wine....now, drinking the wine while baking, we're fabulous at. For our September wine club shipment, we decided to create luscious lip-licking brownies that would pair well with our Club Naked Wine exclusive wine, Missionary Cabernet Franc. Together they're basically the boozy BFF we've been searching for our whole lives. Join Liz (Naked Winery Marketing Guru) and her fiancé Max for our step-by-step recipe video, "Baking Naked."
Warning - you will get hungry (and thirsty) watching this.
MORE ABOUT THE WINE
Missionary Cabernet Franc has been highly sought after since it's last release back in 2014. After many requests from Club Naked members, we've brought it back with a beautiful new label, but the same essential flavor attributes.
Your pleas for herbaceous flavors, punctuated by notes of dried strawberry, and a clean minerality on the finish have been heard, and we are proud to present you with our eighth vintage of Missionary Cabernet Franc, made with fruit from the 2017 harvest. We recommend pairing this approachable red wine with a laid back date night, complete with ooey-gooey homemade brownies and a romantic playlist to get you dancing in the kitchen with the one you love.
Check out our Naked Winery Missionary playlist on Spotify HERE.
Don't be afraid to make a mess, to make a mistake, or to have a damn good time in the kitchen! There's nothing very funny about something done perfectly, ya know? Get together and get inspired to mix it up a little and do some Naked baking of your own... It pairs perfectly with wine!
So whether you are enjoying your first bottle or revisiting an old favorite, this Missionary is love at first sip! Two glasses. One bottle. Endless possibilities.
Naked Winery Team
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!
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Naked Winery Team
Alaina Waller, winemaker - Naked Winery
Each quarter, we put on our thinking caps and develop a wine that we think our club members will enjoy. Sometimes those special wines are romantically themed. Sometimes they're just fun. So this quarter, we decided to create a wine that pays homage to Alaina Waller, our female winemaker and tada! A little Sassy, A little Classy was born!
We sat down with Alaina and asked her to to walk us through how she designed our newest Club Naked exclusive wine and what makes her a little classy and a little sassy.
Tell us, what inspired you to create A Little Classy, A Little Sassy?
So Classy, Sassy is a blend I've been wanting to make for a long time. Right after I graduated from college, that summer I went to California for my first job at Gallo. On the weekends we would go out and do Napa tours at Gallo-owned wineries. In Santalina, there is a winery called Louis Martini, and they make a wine called Mountain Red. Mountain Red is the harvest from their Monte Rosso vineyard. So you climb up this big water tower and you look out and you see the Monte Rosso vineyard with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Mountain Red has been my favorite blend for a long time. I buy it every time I go down to Napa, and I hoard it away and don't share it, but it is a blend of what they have grown on that vineyard for close to 100 years now - Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Syrah. And I tried to mimic the blend of Mountain Red, right down to the percentages of each of those.. So Classy, Sassy is based off of that wine.
What is it that you love so much about the Mountain Red?
I would have never thought of taking Zinfandel - a super fruity, spicy red wine and putting Syrah as the backbone to that. Which brings out some spiciness and still fruity and then Petite Syrah, just a little bit for the tannins, and some savory qualities to it. It is nothing that I would have thought of on my own, and I love the complexity of the blend.
What is the blend?
60% Zinfandel, 31% Syrah, 9% Petite Syrah
If you know Alaina, you know she loves Mexican food of all kinds, especially Taco Bell. What do you pair this wine with off the Taco Bell menu?
Well, if I'm feeling Sassy, I'd go spicy potato soft taco, a double decker taco and rolled chicken tacos with nacho cheese.
And when you're feeling Classy?
If I'm feeling classy, I go for grilled lamb lollipops from The Wine Cellar in Los Gatos.
Well, let's play a fun game of Classy, Sassy then! I'll give you some questions and you have to answer with a Classy and a Sassy response. Ok!
What music would you listen to while eating Taco Bell and drinking Classy, Sassy?
Ariana Grande's Seven Rings. Or if I'm feeling classy, definitely Chopin's Nocturne in C Sharp Minor.
What about your dream destinations?
Classy - in Singapore, 55 stories high at Marina Bay Sands. Yes, I love the movie Crazy Rich Asians. Or my dream Sassy spot? Anywhere I can gamble on things moving quickly. Like fast cars, fast horses. That kind of thing.
What are your Sassy shoes, and what are your Classy shoes?
Sassy? My Air Force Ones for sure. Classy shoes? Hmmmm.... Well, I do have some blue suede heels....that I don't really wear that much.
Ok, last question. Who is your celebrity crush? Sassy first, then Classy.
Well, I do like Chris Pine! So my Sassy Chris Pine crush would be him as Captain Kirk in Star Trek. My Classy Chris Pine crush would be him as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman.
There you have it! A little classy, a little sassy with Naked winemaker Alaina!