NAKED WINERY BLOG
Some things in life just make you feel good. Things like getting into bed with freshly washed sheets, finding a $20 bill in an old pair of pants, or pouring a big glass of wine at the end of a long day. It’s a million little things like these that make up our shared human experience, universal and totally relatable simple pleasures that seem to cross all differences and divides.
This little quarter never felt so big, and we are celebrating the small moments in life that make a world of difference. Moments like sleeping in on a rainy day, when you have nowhere you have to be. As the rain beats lightly against the window, you nestle your head deeper into your pillow. The sound is soothing and your bed feels like a sanctuary. There is no other place in the world you would rather be. This is bliss!
Another underrated pleasure is receiving a real letter or package via snail mail. Most mail these days is either digital, junk, or (worse) bills. But when you go to check your mailbox and find a real letter or package from someone you love inside, excitement overtakes you as you tear into this rare gift.
One of our favorite satisfying moments is making the yellow light when you are running late. For me, it’s the ultimate act of beating the pack. As you blaze through the yellow light and you glance in your rearview to see all the cars behind you stopping at the red light. Yes! You made it!
Our March Club Naked exclusive wine Simple Pleasures Cabernet Sauvignon was created to reflect all of these feelings and is satisfying for any and every occasion. It’s a delicious, approachable and indulgent Cabernet Sauvignon, as easy to love as it is to drink. So, treat yourself to more than one glass filled with notes of cherry, red currant, and snagging a pull-through parking spot.
Club Naked shipping members can pair their bottle of Cab with the Naked Winery head massager that was included in your shipment. It’s the perfectly querking object you never knew you needed… until now! So, take a moment to tickle your senses and indulge in a simply pleasurable experience, just because.
Naked Winery Team
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
Article originally posted on Redfin Life & Style Blog, featuring Naked Winery
From Philadelphia to Sacramento, wine lovers span across the United States consuming 4 billion bottles of wine in just one year! But many of you may question whether you’re storing your beloved bottles correctly. Even if your home isn’t equipped with a wine cellar, you can still store wine in ideal conditions to preserve and maximize aging potential. We’ve asked the experts to share their secrets to storing wine that can help prevent spoilage so you can still uncork and unwind, no cellar necessary.
Avoid Heat and Sunlight
The best place to store wine in your home is in a cool, dark place where the temperature doesn’t change much over the course of the year. Ideally, this would be a basement, but could also be a closet, the closer to the floor the better. -Bettina Sichel, Laurel Glen Vineyard
Basements are a great place to store and age the wine. For those without a basement, an interior closet or under a first-floor bed are the next best options. Since heat rises, store your wine as close to the floor as possible to prevent rapid temperature fluctuation. – Dave Rice, Chehalem Winery
Get Creative When Stashing Your Wine
Homeowners are concerned with keeping their wine at the right temperature, but they forget the other two culprits to wearing it down. Direct light, noise, and movement. These are all big contributors to wreaking havoc on your precious bottles. It is always more important to keep your wine at the same consistent temperature in a dark, cool, and quiet space. –Tertulia Cellars
It’s important to store your wine somewhere without excess light or heat fluctuations while keeping it laying on its side. This could include a dedicated wine cellar, a pantry, or even under your bed! For the longest time, I stored my wine laying flat in plastic storage boxes under my bed, keeping them cool and out of the sunlight. –Paige Comrie, Wine with Paige
People love storing wine in their kitchen or above their refrigerator for quick and easy access—but those are often the warmest areas in your house. Store wine in a cool, dark closet at the center of your home, away from windows and appliances. Another great option is a temperature-controlled wine storage facility like the Wine Collector’s Room in downtown Santa Barbara, which has lockers wine lovers can rent each month for their personal cellar. –Carr Vineyards & Winery
Avoid Extreme Temperature Adjustments
It is not as important to keep wine at 55 degrees constantly, but that you avoid wine swings between 40 and 80 degrees. This means keep it out of the light, away from heat vents, and away from doorways. –Etfille Wines
Consistent temperature is more important than the actual temperature. With constant changing temperatures the wine expands and contracts in the bottle which will accelerate the aging. -Scott Harvey, Scott Harvey Wines
Find the Right Humidity
Store your wines with your furs. Just like furs, wines need a dark place that has moderate humidity – 50%. You want to prevent the cork from drying out. Avoid direct sunlight and a damp basement. –Vino 301
Saving the Bottle For a Special Occasion
Decide when you want to drink your wine. If it’s something special that you want to age for a few years, put it in a box, seal it, and write the date on it. You won’t be as tempted to open it early and you won’t forget to drink it at the optimum time. –Burnt Bridge Cellars
When Your Hosting
If your home occasionally gets hot or cold and you keep wine for more than a few weeks you should consider a small wine refrigerator. These have become very affordable in recent years and are nice to have visible in whatever room you entertain guests. –David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School
For storing an open bottle of wine, use your Sodastream to blow the air out of the bottle before sticking the cork back in. Don’t try to pressurize the wine bottle! Just put the Sodastream injector about 1” into the open wine bottle. –Eleven Winery
When making an ice bucket to keep a bottle chilled, make sure to add about 1/3 of water. This will chill the bottle much quicker than just the ice. -Last Wine Down
Consider the Color When Storing
If you are into orange or rose wines and aren’t sure how they should be stored our best recommendation is to think about how long they had skin contact for. The less skin contact (thus likely lighter color), the cooler the temperature you should store your wines. –Through the Grapevine
Keep it sideways
Wine storage at home is simple, even if you don’t have a basement or a wine fridge. Store wine in the horizontal position, away from any direct source of heat, away from direct sunlight, and away from any source of vibration. –Talk-A-Vino
Storing your wine in a horizontal position keeps the cork moist by having constant contact with the wine. If your cork dries out, it increases the risk of “corked” wine. –Three Sisters Winery & Earlco Vineyards
Lexi Klinkenberg | Redfin Marketing Outreach Coordinator
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
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).
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.
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.
What is Wine?
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?
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.
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.
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.
Naked Winery Team
For many people, the New Year is an opportunity for growth (think relationships) and loss (think waistline). Sometimes, this means cutting back on Taco Tuesday’s and Wine Wednesday (that’s a thing, right?). Having gone on many diets ourselves, we know how hard, and let’s face it, boring and tasteless, dieting can be. But we recently read that a person’s healthiest weight is the one they reach when they live a lifestyle they can actually enjoy. Luckily, a flute of champagne pops in at just 80 calories, meaning you can have your cake (um, wine) and drink it too.
If one of your goals this New Year is to lose weight, spend more time with friends, and practice better self-care, let us present the perfect resolution solution: brunch. In our opinion, brunch is the perfect meal and the perfect opportunity for a mid-morning glass of champagne. Soft buttery pastries, fresh fruits, and cheese marry perfectly with salty bacon, pan-roasted veggies, and fresh or smoked salmon. Combined with one (or all three) of Naked’s bubbly, and we think brunch might just be a resolution we’ll actually see-through. To help you achieve ultimate success, here are a few tips:
Plan your brunch accordingly. Most brunch items can be prepared the night before, leaving you a stress-free morning to complete your other resolution of working out more. Breakfast casseroles are versatile and can easily fit any dietary needs. Plus, Frisky Sparkling Wine, pairs perfectly with savory egg and cheese dishes (hello quiche). This Brut sparkling wine cuts thru those buttery dishes, and only packs 1.2 carbs for all your keto following friends.
If your goal is a healthier lifestyle, try switching out your breakfast favorites with lower carb options. We love Lox, but bagels pack a mighty caloric punch. Switch out the bread for fresh baby arugula, and top with smoked salmon, avocado, thinly sliced pear, and red onion. Pair with our Puma semi-sparkling rose, and this dish will leave you hungry for more.
The real showstopper here is a fresh fruit salad topped with a mimosa dressing. This salad works best with peeled and sliced mangoes and kiwi, chopped pineapple, and a blend of berries. Finely chop some fresh mint and fold throughout. In a separate container, mix one cup orange juice, one cup of Pounce Sparkling Wine, two tablespoons of honey, and a tablespoon of orange liquor (if you prefer). Pour over the fruit and serve immediately. This dish can be prepared the night before but make sure to keep your fruit and alcohol separate until serving time. (Unless you’d like to make sangria. Your guests won’t complain either way.)
Just because you’re dishing up some delicious eats and sparkling wines, doesn’t mean your home has to be sparkling clean for guests. This is lazy weekend brunch, remember? Pick up the obvious clutter (you’ll feel good doing it since tidying was also on your list of resolutions) and give your bathrooms a quick clean. Voila. Your guests will feel right at home, meaning they’ll be more time to talk about the last season of GOT, and less time searching for coasters.
If kids are attending, create a more sophisticated table for them. They might still be eating their morning cereal, but milk served in a clear carafe, and ramekins filled with fresh fruit, will go a long way to make a mid-morning meal feel extra special.
If you’re stressed about making your own pastries, don’t. After you click submit on our three-pack bubbly bundle, order local muffins, croissants, and tartlets for delivery the night before your brunch. No one will care that you didn’t spend the previous evening in heels and pearls, handmaking the Danishes when they’re sipping on a flute of one of Naked Winery’s perfectly chilled champagnes. The goal of brunch isn’t to stay up half the night worrying about tablescaping and whether your Palmiers taste more like fruit-leathers. Brunch is supposed to be about delicious food and drink and the opportunity to continue cultivating close relationships. And we think that’s something to celebrate all year long.
Naked Winery Team | Briana Loveall
When we were kids, the best part of a New Year’s Eve party was (duh) staying up way past our bedtime, and, the glass of Martinelli’s we downed at midnight (or nine pm if your parents were lucky enough to live on the West Coast and make you celebrate the East Coast New Year). We snacked on things called hors d’oeuvre’s, which usually included butter crackers, meat, cheese, and if you were at your grandparents’ house, little sausages on sticks. There were movies and something about a falling ball. And then, the countdown, the confetti, a weird tradition of adults kissing each other (yuck), and the sparkling cider.
As fresh young adults with a vertical license, we hit up the clubs, staggering from one bar to another, our laughter forming like thought bubbles in the cold night air. We congregated, eventually, in some park for fireworks or confetti or kissing (which no longer seemed gross). We lived for the pulse of the crowd as the countdown drew closer. The noise of a thousand (or one million, if you were lucky enough to be in Times Square) a reminder that we were small and yet infinite, untouched by time (or so we thought).
And now, a little older and wiser (read, more tired), we’re trading out our glitz and glam with leggings and oversized sweaters, for a more relaxed night in. Our New Year resolution may be to stay up until the new year, but just because we’re not going out, doesn’t mean we can’t go out with a bang. We’re popping bottles…on our couch, and (ironically) coming back full circle to our childhood, resplendent with snacks, fun, and a more sophisticated sort of bubbly.
The key to any successful party is snacks. And wine, but isn’t that a given? As the modern adult you are, you can toss those round butter crackers out (unless they’re your favorite because honestly who doesn’t like a butter cracker?) and upgrade them to a hearty cracker with a snap. Something that will stand up to the fig jam and goat cheese you’re going to put on top. Serve it alongside Cougar Semi Sparkling bubbly; a semi-dry, semi-sparkling wine that is reminiscent of prosecco. If, by some miracle, you have any left-over in the morning, whip yourself up a mimosa for a little hair of the cougar….um, dog.
While the kids munch on Canadian bacon pizza, order (or make it yourself if you’re feeling extra fierce) a margherita pizza and sip away at Frisky Sparkling Wine, Naked’s brut sparkling wine. This combination is the perfect marriage of everything you love about pizza (the crunch of a thin crust and the way pizza carried you through college) and a dry sparkling wine. You’ve traded out soda for something oh so much better; a fizz and bubble that tastes like early autumn. You’ve reached the pinnacle of adulthood with this combo, and that’s reason enough to celebrate.
Or, for something a little more reminiscent of your younger years, make a grilled cheese. Elevate this classic with crab, a variety cheese blend, and artisan bread slathered in mayonnaise instead of butter for a perfect, toasted sandwich. Serve it with kettle chips, pesto popcorn (seriously), and a chilled glass of Pounce Sparkling Wine, our newest sparkling wine.
While you snack, pick a movie to watch with your kids like Happy New Year Charlie Brown, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, or (if your kids are too cool for those) High School Musical, because we’re all in this together.
Once the kiddies are snugly tucked away, bring out the movie classics like When Harry Met Sally, 200 Cigarettes, or, Trading Places. While Eddie Murphy uses his street smarts for success, end the culinary night with a dark chocolate mousse, whipped cream, and berries. Paired with Puma, our Semi-Sparkling Rosé, this feisty feline will titillate your taste buds with lingering notes of strawberry and orange.
Staying in to party doesn’t have to be boring. So, this New Year, stock up on your favorite Naked Winery bubbly. Grab your snacks, your sweats, your well-intentioned resolutions, and sip away on our sparkling wines while ringing in the new year.
Naked Winery Team | Briana Loveall
You’re shopping for a wine connoisseur but really don’t know if you should buy them another set of Naked Winery wine glasses for the 5th time around. Look no further! We've got the unique wine gift ideas that are perfect for anyone who enjoys sitting back with a nice glass of vino. Let’s check out some of our favorites.
Holiday Cheer Gift Set
Christmas is the prime time to drink and be merry. Say 'cheers' to Christmas with a quality bottle of wine that is perfectly paired with holiday stocking stuffers. Our Holiday Cheer Gift Basket comes with one 750 ml bottle of Sleigh the Day White Wine or Fugly Sweater Cabernet Sauvignon, a Yuletide Holiday Bottle Stopper, 2 stemless wine glasses, Fa La La Magnetic Poetry Tin, a Truetap Double-Hinged Corkscrew, a Santa Hat Wine Bottle Topper and "Love Beyond Measure" Heart-Shaped Measuring Spoons. It’s all put together in a beautiful packaged black gift box along with a personalized gift message from you. The recipient of this gift is sure to love it, and will hopefully be willing to share...it is Christmas after all.
You’re Awesome Wine Gift Set
Perhaps you’re looking for a unique wine gift idea for no reason other than to tell someone they’re awesome. If that’s the case – pardon the pun, then our You’re Awesome Gift Set is the perfect gift idea.
This gift basket includes the perfect self-care, pampering and vino experience. It comes with one 750 ml bottle of Naked Winery wine - Diva Sangiovese, Foreplay Chardonnay Frisky Sparkling Wine, Vixen Syrah or Sure Thing Symphony, plus a 3-piece Pure Luxe Apothecary Collection which includes a soothing face mist, mood mist and body butter. It also has 50 Affirmation Cards from Affirmators! and an I’m Loveable Mini Inner-Truth Journal. And of course, it’s all packaged together in a sleek gift box, making it easy for you and appealing for them.
Adventure-Ready Mixed Wine Pack
What would an Oregon winery be without some wine bundles that embrace the great outdoors? Our Adventure-Ready Mixed Wine Pack is the perfect gift idea for wine lovers who like to enjoy the beautiful sights and surroundings of Oregon – or anywhere in the world, for that matter. It comes with four 750 ml bottles of Outdoor Vino wine – Wanderlust White, Rambling Red, Pinot Gris or Cabernet Sauvignon. We encourage you to "Take It Outside" and explore with these adventure-ready wines; conveniently bottled in BPA-free plastic with easy screw caps.
Wine Connoisseur Gear
Want to create your own wine gift set or pick and choose different wine connoisseur gear to gift? We have that too! From our comfy Oregon hoodies to coffee mugs; Naked Winery shirts; warm & cozy beanies, champagne savers and more, personalize the gift with our unique wine gifts of gear and merchandise.
Naked Winery Club Membership
Gift the ultimate wine experience with a membership to our Naked Winery club. There are different Club Naked membership options to choose from that sends the wine right to your loved one (ahem, or yourself). Being a member of our wine club allows you to pick the wine, choose the amount, gift the package with a personalized note and let us do all the heavy lifting and delivery for you!
Naked Winery in Oregon is the perfect place for the most unique wine gift ideas. Visit our online store or come check out one of our 3 wine tasting room locations scattered across Oregon for the ultimate shopping experience.
Naked Winery Team
It’s that time of year again: the frosty mornings have returned (or maybe even the first few snowflakes), Costco has stocked their glittering reindeer yard décor, you’ve started eyeing your favorite holiday playlist (wondering how soon is too soon), and . . . it’s time to start shopping for holiday gifts.
Whether holiday shopping fills you with excitement or anxiety (or a little bit of both), Naked Winery’s wine gift guide will light the way like a certain reindeer’s nose. We know wine can help with shopping (Amazon’s one-click order button + your second glass of Cabernet is a dangerous—joyful! efficient!—combination), but a bottle of your favorite Naked wine can also be your shopping solution.
With our Naked humor and quality, even the hardest to shop for person on your list will feel like they’ve received a personal hug. From the ugly-sweater-wearing, football-binging, cheese-dip-eating coworker to your fur-coat-and-pearls grandmother who has reserved seating at the symphony, Naked wine has got you covered for gifting. No matter how your peeps celebrate the holidays, these wines will have them feeling merry and bright.
🎁 Oh! Cabernet Sauvignon
Rule #1: Cabernet is a classic. This full-bodied red wine tastes expensive enough for the mother-in-law who loves you, but secretly (or not-so-secretly) thinks her kid could have done better. It will also please the father-in-law who only listens to classic music because anything that’s any good has already been created. The tannins in this Cab are as grippy as their ‘70s-style wallpaper. Unlike the wallpaper, this means it will only get better with age, like George Clooney. Gift to anyone who uses the phrase “they just don’t make things the way they used to.” Pairs with subtle judgment.
🎁 Take Me Away Rosè
This dry and fruity rosè is so free-spirited and flowy, your bestie from college will feel like she’s back at Coachella. It’s the flower crown of Naked wines, perfect for anyone you know who lives by the rule of YOLO. Sipped in winter, it’s a reminder of those sunny, pool-side days when you could drink at 2:00 p.m. on a Tuesday because you still had a magical thing called summer break. Gift to anyone who uses the phrase “rosè all day” like they invented it. Pairs with kale, goat cheese, and that new trendy food your bestie preaches that you’re still pretending you’ve heard of.
🎁 Outdoor Vino (6 Varietals)
Free-range fine wine. Choose from six Outdoor Vino wines for your younger sibling who discovered hiking in college and now owns more gear than REI. The reusable, BPA-free plastic bottle will fit right in with their minimalist pack (and they won’t need a corkscrew when they’re at 6,000 ft.). With a label as Instagram-worthy as their #nofilter views, this wine says “I’m outdoorsy AF, but I like a nice glass of wine with my epic mountaintop vistas.” Pairs with dehydrated meals and an unbreakable spirit.
🎁 Pounce Sparkling Wine
To some, nothing says holidays like a bit of bubbly. This effervescent wine is festive and sassy. Gift to the party host who’s as merry as Martha May Whovier from The Grinch, but still asks you to take your shoes off at the door. They’ve got multiple cheeses in perfect cubes, and their fireplace mantle looks straight out of a Pier 1 holiday catalog. Pounce bubbly will make sure no one gets their tinsel in a tangle. It’s extra dry (like your host’s smile when they hand you a coaster) and you won’t have to sweat it when you’re sipping on their perfectly white couch the way you would with a glass of red. Pairs with just-polished glassware.
🎁 “Sure Thing” Sweet White Wine
For that person in your life you really like, but don’t want to scare away. This wine’s notes of peach and pineapple provide an easy-breezy approach that will still keep serious commitment on the table with its complexity. Perfect for that new-ish person you matched with on a dating app and have been seeing regularly (if not exclusively) since early October. You haven’t defined the relationship yet, and you didn’t wear matching costumes to the Halloween party you attended together. We get where you’re at. So does this wine. It’s a sure thing no matter where your relationship stands. Pairs with optimism.
🎁 Oh! Nebbiolo
Our Nebbiolo is a class act, like your hardworking boss who puts up with a lot more BS than you realized and will appreciate a bottle of sanity. Their work-life balance is wildly off-kilter, but they’ve gotten pretty good at negotiating a phone conference while silently directing their kids like air traffic control. This bold wine will make them slow down and take a minute (just one) between reading emails to sniff the cranberries. It’s as bright and vibrant as their color-coded spreadsheets and multitasks with flavors of dark berry fruit and spice. Make sure you get the rest of the office to chip in and Venmo you their fair share. Pairs with an overpacked work calendar.
🎁 “Fugly Sweater” Cabernet Sauvignon
This is your one-size-fits-all holiday wine. It can go from the Secret Santa office party to the ugly sweater neighborhood bash and maintain as much holiday spirit as Will Ferrell in Elf on a syrup bender. With notes of dried cherries and baking spices, it’s cozy and approachable, unlike that thrift store Christmas sweater you purchased. (Wasn’t laundry detergent supposed to help with the itching?) Bad sweater choices and dance moves aside, this wine will say “I have a sense of humor AND great taste in wine.” Pairs with tacky—we mean festive!—knitted sweaters and socks that say MISTLE TOES.
Download our full 2019 Holiday Wine Gift Guide HERE.
🥂 Cheers, Naked Winery Team | Lisa Laughlin
If you’ve ever gone beyond the can with your holiday cranberry sauce, you know 1) there’s no going back and 2) making cranberry sauce is a lot easier than people think. It’s a joyful simmering of real fall spices and ingredients that will make your house smell better than any Yankee candle. Our next-level secret is adding something else we think makes the holidays perfect: wine!
While a heavy red wine will overpower the tart and delicate taste of cranberry, a lighter wine like our Dominatrix Pinot Noir is the perfect companion for a cranberry sauce. This recipe was originally created by Portland, Oregon, chef Jenn Lewis, but our COO Corina Farrar has made the recipe every year since Jenn’s work was published in the New York Times in 2014. Now, Corina swears by the cranberry-Pinot Noir combo. In fact, she gets mad compliments on it every year, so this season we’re sharing the love by sharing the recipe. And . . . berries + Naked Winery Pinot Noir = some of the best that Oregon has to offer, so who are we to hold back?
Remember, you wouldn’t *really* be cooking with wine if you didn’t have a taste, so pour yourself a glass of Pinot Noir and get to work on this holiday favorite!
🍽️ Cranberry Sauce With Pinot Noir
By Jeff Gordinier
Yield: 2.5 cups
Time: 20 minutes, plus cooling
* 10 whole allspice berries
* 10 whole cloves
* 10 whole black peppercorns
* 4 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
* 1 ½ cups Naked Pinot Noir
* 1 cup light brown sugar, loosely packed
* 1 cup clover or wildflower honey
* 1 cup fresh orange juice
* 6 strips orange zest, about 1-in. by 3-in., removed with a vegetable peeler
* 2 (4-in.) sprigs rosemary
* 1 small cinnamon stick
* 1 vanilla pod
HOW TO MAKE IT
Combine allspice, cloves, and peppercorns in a spice grinder or coffee grinder and pulse until finely ground.
In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, wine, brown sugar, honey, orange juice, orange zest, rosemary, cinnamon stick, and ground spices.
With the tip of a paring knife, split vanilla pod lengthwise. Use the back of the knife to scrape seeds from the pod. Add seeds and pod to the pot.
Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Cook, stirring often until cranberries have burst and liquid thickens slightly about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and discard zest, rosemary sprigs, cinnamon stick, and vanilla pod. Transfer mixture to a bowl and let cool.
Enjoy with family, friends, food, and a glass of Naked!
Naked Winery Team | Lisa Laughlin