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February 18, 2020 | Blog Team

The Naked Truth: Spring Is Right Around The Corner

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! 

🥂 Cheers,
Naked Winery Team

Time Posted: Feb 18, 2020 at 9:10 AM
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January 2, 2020 | Blog Team

Wine for beginners...and other normal people.

There are only 140 people in the US who have earned the title Master Sommelier, and I’m not one of them. Chances are, neither are you. In fact, most of the human population isn’t. But that doesn’t stop any of us from drinking and loving wine. Turns out you don’t have to be an expert to know what you like, you just have to own a handful of taste buds and sometimes a wine opener (but who doesn’t love a screw top).

Man sniffing a glass of wine

The point is, mainstream wine culture can be intimidating. There’s all kinds of foreign words being thrown around and names you’ve never heard of, and different sized glasses and bottles and styles and colors. Honestly, the sheer magnitude of information we don’t know about wine and winemaking can be overwhelming at best and discouraging at worst. The good news is, for the most part, none of that really matters, truly.

two women drinking naked wine in a vineyard

The only question you need to ask yourself when you take a sip is “Do I like this?”. If the answer is no, toss it. Seriously, life’s too short to drink something you don’t like. If the answer is yes, great, drink that glass and maybe grab the bottle to see what it is so you can have it again. It really is that simple. There are a few other basic concepts that are really easy to grasp that will make finding the wine you like just a little more straightforward… these are some of them.

several glasses of white and rose wines

What is Wine?

Wine: /wīn/
noun
1. an alcoholic drink made from fermented grape juice.

Why are some wines red and others are white or pink?

Red wine is a wine made from dark-colored grapes. But did you know that the juice from most purple grapes is greenish-white? So the red color is actually coming from the skin of the grape and not the juice inside. Crazy right?! Actually, most of the red-wine production process involves getting color and flavor from the skin of the grape into the wine. This is accomplished by crushing the grapes (with a machine, not feet) and letting the juice and skins hang out in big bins for a few weeks while they ferment. After that, the now red colored alcoholic juice is separated from the skins and transferred to barrels or tanks to age into a grown-up wine that gets put into a bottle.

White Wine is a wine that is fermented without the skins of the grapes. After the grapes are crushed they are immediately removed from the skins and put into tanks to ferment. Because turns out, some white wine grapes (like Pinot Gris) are actually red! Totally bonkers right?! So, after the juice gets nice and boozy, it is either transferred to barrels or left in the tank to age into something a little more interesting before being bottled.

Sweet Wine is a wine that has leftover grape sugars in it after it is finished fermenting. This sweetness in wine is called residual sugar. The way we describe the sugar levels in wine is Dry, Off-Dry, and Sweet. Dry means that a wine has no sugar in it and is not sweet at all. Off-Dry means that the wine has a little bit of sugar and is a little bit sweet. Sweet means that the wine has a lot of sugar and is, well, pretty sweet.

Rosé is a type of wine that incorporates some of the color from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as red wine. It’s created by crushing the grapes and allowing the skins to remain in the juice for two to twenty hours. The longer that the skins are left in contact with the juice, the darker the color of the final wine. There are a few other methods for making this kind of wine, but this is the most common.

What about all those other words?

wine in a barrel being stirred

Fermentation is the process in which yeast is added to the grape juice and it goes to work eating the sugar in the juice and produces alcohol in the process. No yeast, no wine.

cluster of grapes in a wine glass

Varietals are the different types of grapes, so all their different names. i.e. Chardonnay, Merlot, and Pinot Noir are different grape varietals.

Vintage is the year the grapes were grown. So the year you see on the label is when the grapes that make up the wine in the bottle were picked and made into wine. If you don’t see a year, it is because the wine in Non-Vintage, which just means it’s a blend of different wines from multiple years.

Anatomy of a grape, tannins and acidity

Tannins are present mostly in red wines. It’s the sensation you get when you drink a really bold red wine and it feels like all of the spit had been sucked out of your mouth. That’s tannin.

Acidity is what gives the wine its tart and sour taste. Acidity is important because it helps to slow wine from going bad.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to drink what you like, with the people you love, in the places you want to share. 

🥂 Cheers,
Naked Winery Team

Time Posted: Jan 2, 2020 at 1:30 PM
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October 1, 2019 | Blog Team

It's Fall Y'All: Harvest Season in Hood River

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! 

Naked Winery Club Naked Harvest training logo of a grasshopper

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.

Naked Winery Tasting Room Claras Corner with colorful couches

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!

🥂 Cheers,
Naked Winery Team

Time Posted: Oct 1, 2019 at 11:02 AM
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 WANDER

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 wander" 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