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Kim Schwarting
 
September 11, 2019 | Kim Schwarting

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.

Cheers,

Naked Winery Team | Kim Schwarting

Time Posted: Sep 11, 2019 at 8:34 AM
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September 11, 2019 | Blog Team

New Outdoor Vino Look. New Adventures.

PACK IT UP, PACK IT IN. LET ME BEGIN.

We started Outdoor Vino in 2009 with a simple mission: Make wine more accessible to the places you love to be, from picnic tables to mountain tops and everywhere in between. For the past decade, we've been encouraging you to "Take It Outside" and explore. With that same sense of purpose and excitement for the great outdoors, we have redesigned and updated the look of our Outdoor Vino logo and bottles... and damn, does it look good!

The word redesign can conjure up a lot of different feelings. If you're anything like us, you find change to be exciting and full of possibilities. The Outdoor Vino redesign was lead by graphic designer Dan Cox. After Dan set the creative direction for the project, he enlisted the fun and funky style of local artist Eliza Carver to create the illustrations that make these bottles pop. Dan has been a constant figure in the outdoor community in Hood River and has some major design chops as well. So, we were stoked to be able to partner with him on this project and we love the new look he created for us!

WINE TO WONDER

One of the main design points we aimed to tackle when updating our adventure-ready bottle was to include some Pacific Northwest outdoor elements. The old logo has transformed from a representation of the national forest sign to an updated rugged look. Check out the before and after of the logo below...

  

Instead of your typical outdoor activities, we decided to think outside the box for the label artwork. By designing patterns that create a kind of map, it is intended to take you along on an adventure. That idea lead us to the design concept of "wine to wonder" and evolved into a gorgeous topography of the Columbia River Gorge area. 

       

"Naked Winery is just as fun to work with as they are to visit! It was a tall order – we wanted something playful with lots of little discoverable bits, that represented the amazing place we live, as well as the many activities that pair nicely with this wine. After building out our brand assets– everything from a custom wordmark to taglines, to an amazing illustrated pattern by local artist, Eliza Carver, we brought it all together with packaging that is ready for your next adventure."  - DAN COX

We hope you love the new bottles as much as we do. Check out the anatomy of our new bottles below for all the details on the update, and shop our six new bottle designs HERE.

Download our Outdoor Vino Vibrations from our Spotify Station

Cheers,

The Naked Winery Team

Time Posted: Sep 11, 2019 at 7:25 AM
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August 19, 2019 | Blog Team

We'll Miss You McMinnville

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.

Have a question about the McMinnville closure? Contact customerservice@nakedwinery.com for general questions or clubnaked@nakedwinery.com for Club Naked related questions.

🥂 Cheers,
Peter Steinfeld (Owner & Head Winemaker) and Shelly Kice (Tasting Room Manager)

 

Time Posted: Aug 19, 2019 at 7:03 PM
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July 25, 2019 | Blog Team

Sneak Peek at New Space in Hood River

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 customerservice@nakedwinery.com.

Cheers,
Naked Winery Team

Time Posted: Jul 25, 2019 at 9:58 AM
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July 18, 2019 | Blog Team

We're coming for you Vancouver...

📢 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. 👇 

Read more about it HERE, and stay tuned to our social channels for more updates! 

Questions? Shoot us an email at customerservice@nakedwinery.com. You can also learn more about our Tasting Rooms HERE.

Cheers,
Naked Winery Team

Time Posted: Jul 18, 2019 at 10:28 AM
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May 29, 2019 | Blog Team

A Little Classy, A Little Sassy with Naked Winemaker Alaina Waller

Photo of naked winemaker Alaina Waller smiling big in front of our Hood River winery.

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

Red wine called A Little Classy, A Little Sassy red blend being poured into a wine glass

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. 

Chris Pine from Star Trek

There you have it! A little classy, a little sassy with Naked winemaker Alaina!

Time Posted: May 29, 2019 at 10:50 AM
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May 17, 2019 | Blog Team

Signed. Sealed. Delivered.

UPS Delivery man holding a box

 

Most people don’t realize, when you purchase that delicious shipment of premium wine online or in the tasting room and arrange to have it shipped to your home, that an actual human over the age of 21 will have to be there to sign for the delivery. This is not just a silly hoop we ask you to jump through to get your wine, it’s actually federal law, so we don’t really have a say in the whole thing. That being said, it can be more than a little inconvenient to wait around at home all day during the work week for the UPS guy to show up. Most of us just don’t have that luxury.

Woman holding a remote control looking bored.

 

Not to worry, you do have some options! A lot of people find that it is more convenient to have their wine delivered to their place of work. However, that too can be a bit touchy. If a box full of alcohol is not an appropriate package to be delivered to your place of employment you can also have you order shipped to what is called a UPS Access Point™.

Man drinking a glass of wine at his office

 

Typically that just means it would be shipped to a UPS Store where someone will sign at delivery for you and hold it there for a week or so for you to come and pick it up. Sometimes there is a small fee for this service, however every UPS Store is independently owned so they are all a little different when it comes to this policy.

People in a UPS store conducting their business

 

 We use UPS Ground shipping for the wine orders.  While we can give you an estimated delivery date once the package leaves our warehouse as well as the UPS tracking number, we are not able to guarantee or even request a time of day that your package is delivered. When customers are having a particularly difficult time with the delivery of their wine, I usually recommend that they sign up for UPS My Choice.

UPS My Choice logo and website

 

It is a free service offered by UPS, that gives consumers more control over their residential deliveries. Members can receive an email or text message the day before a shipment arrives. If they won’t be home, they can re-route most packages to their workplace, a neighbor’s home or a nearby UPS Access Point™ location. Members can also provide instructions for their UPS driver to leave their deliveries at places such as their home’s back porch or side of the garage.

 

If you have any questions about your shipments please feel free to give our customer service team a call. We are always happy to help you and explain your options at every step of the delivery process. Customer Service can be reached Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm (PST) at 541-386-3700 x0.

Cheers,
The Naked Winery Team

Time Posted: May 17, 2019 at 8:02 AM
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May 9, 2019 | Blog Team

Meet the Woman Behind our Wines | Alaina Waller | Bad Ass Winemaker

Naked Winery winemaker Alaina Waller holding a bottle of an award-winning wine. Her Oh Cabernet Sauvignon recently won a gold medal 92 points at the San Francisco International Wine Competition.

Meet Alaina, she’s one of our winemakers and she makes amazing wine. But don’t take our word for it. Recently, her 2016 Orgasmic Sangiovese from Columbia Valley, WA was awarded 92 points and won a Gold Medal in the San Francisco International Women’s Wine Competition. A Gold Medal is given to “An exceptional wine that is near the pinnacle of achievement in its category; sets the standard for all other wines of its type”. This gorgeous medium bodied wine offers hints of strawberry and dark cherry on the palate, with juicy plum and spicy highlights throughout and a smooth lingering finish.

Over 1150 wines were submitted into the competition and to bring home a Gold medal is quite an impressive achievement. Congratulations to Alaina!

2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition Accolades:

SILVER MEDAL, Oh! Orgasmic 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
SILVER MEDAL, Oh! Orgasmic 2016 Tempranillo
SILVER MEDAL, Oh! Orgasmic 2016 Albariño 

2019 International Women's Wine Competition Accolades:
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL (93 points), 2017 Here To Stay Chardonnay 
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL (92 points), 2018 Making Waves Albariño
SILVER MEDAL,
2017 A Little Classy, A Little Sassy
SILVER MEDAL, Oh! Orgasmic 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
SILVER MEDAL, Oh! Orgasmic 2016 Sangiovese
SILVER MEDAL, Oh! Orgasmic 2016 Zinfandel

 

These award-winning wines are just the beginning for Alaina. Naked Winery will be producing exclusive Alaina Waller wines that show case her extraordinary winemaking finesse. Coming in June 2019 her Making Waves Albarino, a crisp and bright take on the classic Spanish summer wine, as well as A Little Classy, A Little Sassy, a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah and Petit Syrah, will be released to our Club Naked members and the general public. Read the inside scoop on what inspired A Little Classy, A Little Sassy, or learn more about Alaina's background in her Naked Winemaker bio.

Cheers 🥂

Time Posted: May 9, 2019 at 9:03 AM
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April 18, 2019 | Blog Team

Toast to Earth Day with Outdoor Vino

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. 

Cheers,

Naked Winery Team

Time Posted: Apr 18, 2019 at 10:09 AM
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April 15, 2019 | Blog Team

Hi. Hey. Hello

Welcome to the Naked Winery blog! This is the first of many informative installments that we will be posting to keep you up to date and in the loop for all things NAKED! So Let’s dive in shall we?! We’ve been keeping busy in our tasting rooms and our Hood River headquarters dreaming and scheming about how to make this the best year yet! As we plan for the future, we can’t help but look back on our past with a sense of gratitude and achievement. As some loyal Naked Winery fans may know (and some may not) we changed ownership at the beginning of 2018. After nearly 20 years of commitment to all things Naked, founders David and Jody Barringer and David Michalec sold the company to a small investment group of employees and family members led by Peter Steinfeld, longtime winemaker and general manager.

With this monumental change in ownership, has also come with a shift in the look and voice of Naked Winery, the largest of which is our mission statement. While we are still the same fun loving, cheeky, and irreverent bunch, who encourage couples to slow down and share a bottle of Naked Winery wine regularly, we’ve expanded our purpose. Naked Winery is on a mission to inspire meaningful connections by encouraging people to pop open a bottle of wine and share time with each other. Our philosophy is to produce premium wines, with styles driven by the consumer. We believe in drinking what you love with the people you love. We encourage our guests to get uncorked and enjoy what life unexpectedly brings you! 

We want to assure you that we have no intent of getting rid of our sexy side, and many of our classic labels will stick with us for the foreseeable future! Though we may change some of our designs and freshen things up as we grow and evolve, we believe Naked will stay true to itself as well. We are excited to come out with new labels, both in design and verbiage, especially for our members to experience something different with us now and then. Sometimes that may mean sexy and provocative, and sometimes something romantic, whimsical or adventurous. We feel this maintains the fun energy of Naked in a way that keeps things inclusive for all people and occasions! Keep an eye out for more new and Naked transformations to come, we look forward to posting more Naked updates and information on this blog!

 

Cheers, The Naked Winery Team

Time Posted: Apr 15, 2019 at 8:34 AM