NAKED WINERY BLOG
NAKED WINERY BLOG
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.
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.
The Naked Winery Team
For some people, Thanksgiving is all about the food. And, what’s not to love about dreamy, creamy mashed potatoes, that savory turkey, and swoon-worthy marshmallow-covered yams? We get it. The food is pretty great. But, if you’re reading this blog, we bet you also care about the WINE on your Thanksgiving table. If you're on the hunt for a good wine for Thanksgiving, look no further: Barbera is the answer.
At the first hint of fall, Barbera is the wine we dream about. When that cool crispness returns to the air and the leaves start to flush red and orange, Barbera just feels right, like pulling your favorite cozy flannel out of the closet again. It’s warm, rich, medium-bodied and full of all the fall spices we love.
Much like the mix of aromas at a Thanksgiving dinner table, different layers of Barbera will emerge the more you evaluate it. Our Oh! Orgasmic Barbera has a touch of tannin to complement the bright red fruit notes you’ll find as soon as you pour a glass. Swirl your glass to uncover a warm mix of spice and floral notes. Sip to discover a blast of blood orange on the palate, followed by candied apple flavors. We’re not saying you have to skip Thanksgiving dessert, but with this wine, it’s definitely possible. Now, why this wine will be perfect for all you food-lovers out there: Barbera is a light Italian wine, known as the “wine of the people,” which makes it a great crowd pleaser and wine to pair with food. It’s generally higher in acidity, which means it will go with some of the fats typically found around a holiday table, like dark-meat turkey with a bit of skin, salami, and lamb. Any wine with high acidity will work to cut through the richness in your food and balance the flavors in your mouth. That’s why Barbera is an easy-going holiday drinking companion; it’s amiable while still bringing its own flavor to the table, never clashing with your traditional favorites. As an added bonus, Barbera’s high acidity will act as a palate cleanser and keep your taste buds sharp.
Barbera will do double-work and perform with your dessert just as well as it did with dinner, as acidity also makes for complementary pairing with sweet foods. If you’re a holiday planner who puts wine before food (we knew we liked you!), here are a few recommended dishes to go with the centerpiece of your holiday table, your Barbera:
• Rich, dark meats like turkey or lamb
• Blue cheese
• Root vegetables
• Braised greens
For dessert, try a congruent pairing, matching the flavors of your Barbera wine with the flavors in your sweet dishes to make the pairing pop. Sage, anise, cinnamon, citrus, and nutmeg should all play well with a dessert-course serving of Barbera wine. Your dinner guests will soon be saying, You had me at Barbera!
Naked Winery Team | Lisa Laughlin
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 use the astrological calendar to interpret a lot about people's personalities and potentially compatable partners, but what about the kind of wine to drink? Could it be that your love for bold cabs and bold men is written in the stars?! Have a seat and pour yourself a glass as you read through what we think your birthday says about your wine style.
Aries → Penetration Cabernet Sauvignon
March 21 – April 19 | Eager, dynamic, quick & competitive
Bold and ambitious, just like this Cab Sauv, Aries dives headfirst into even the most challenging situations. Like their fellow fire signs, Aries are passionate, motivated, and confident leaders who build community with their cheerful disposition and relentless determination. Uncomplicated and direct in their approach, they often get frustrated by exhaustive details and unnecessary nuances. They like things quick and dirty, a temperament also reflected in their sexual proclivities, so don't be surprised if they skip the chit chat and get right to the point.
Taurus → Sure Thing Symphony
April 20 – May 20 | Strong, dependable, sensual & creative
Taureans prioritize consistency and reliability in all areas of their lives, so we think this tropical and easy drinking varietal will be right up their alley! It must be noted, however, that Taurus does have a bit of a reputation. What a Taurus perceives as dedication is often regarded by others as stubbornness. Taurus is ruled by Venus, the enchanting planet that governs love, beauty, and money. Taurus’s Venusian influence make this earth sign the most sensual of the zodiac, so they are pretty much a sure thing!
May 21 – June 20 | Versatile, expressive, curious & kind
Because of Geminis' intrinsic duality, they're often falsely misrepresented as two-faced. In reality, however, Gemini rarely has hidden agendas. Playful and intellectually curious, Gemini is constantly juggling a variety of passions, hobbies, careers, and friend groups. They are the social butterflies of the zodiac. These quick-witted twins can talk to anyone about anything. Find them buzzing between happy hours, dinner parties, and dance floors showing off their classy and sassy sides.
Cancer → Complicated Viognier
June 21 – July 22 | Intuitive, sentimental, compassionate & protective
Cancers can be a little complicated, just like this crisp and refreshing Viognier. They are highly intuitive, and their psychic abilities manifest in tangible spaces. These crabs are highly sensitive to their environments, as well as extremely self-protective. Much like their celestial spirit animal, Cancers are shielded by hard, external shells. At first, these crabs may be perceived as cold or distant. With time, though, Cancers reveal their gentle nature, genuine compassion, and mystical capabilities. Just don't be surprised if it takes a while to get to know them, it's a little complicated.
Leo → Diva Sangiovese
July 23 – August 22 | Dramatic, outgoing, fiery & self-assured
Roll out the red carpet, because Leo has arrived. These astrological divas are vivacious, theatrical, and passionate, which is why we think this luscious and bold Sangiovese will leave them in rapture. Leos love to bask in the spotlight and celebrate themselves. These lions are natural leaders, and they enjoy cultivating friendships and romances that are artistically and creatively inspired. Playful Leos have no problem leaning into drama-fueled romances that are perfectly suited for the tabloids. (In fact, they may even prefer them.) After all, every Leo perceives him or herself as a celebrity, so why not indulge the diva that you are?
Virgo → Here To Stay Chardonnay
August 23 – September 22 | Practical, loyal, gentle & analytical
Virgos are logical, practical, and systematic in their approach to life. This earth sign is a perfectionist at heart and isn’t afraid to improve skills through diligent and consistent practice. Though Virgos long to be meticulous in everything they do, they must remember that constantly chasing after the ideal can be destructive when applied to themselves or others. Beauty exists within our imperfections, and it’s important for Virgos to learn that flaws are not defects. Lucky for Virgo, this classic oaky and buttery Chardonnay was award a double gold at the International Women Winemakers Competion and is about as close to perfect as you can get.
Libra → Committed Red Blend
September 23 – October 22 | Social, fair-minded, diplomatic & gracious
Libra is an air sign represented by the scales, an association that reflects Libra's fixation on balance and harmony. Relationships are paramount for Libras, who find balance in companionship. They love harmonious partnerships with fashionable mates, especially those who make attractive arm candy, like this easy to love red blend. Libras are regularly coupled, and when they are, they must be careful about seeking attention outside the agreed-upon boundaries of their relationships. People-pleasing Libras must remember that the happiness of their loved ones and the health of their relationships is more important than maintaining the attention of distant admirers. Better to stay committed and love the wine you're with Libra darling, cause you've got a good thing in your glass.
Scorpio → Frisky Sparkling Wine
October 23 – November 21 | Passionate, stubborn, resourceful & brave
Scorpio is one of the most misunderstood signs of the zodiac. Life is a game of chess for these calculating water signs, who are constantly plotting several steps ahead in order to orchestrate an eventual checkmate. This doesn't mean their intentions are necessarily nefarious. Scorpios simply know what they want and aren't afraid to work hard and play the long game to get it. They never show their cards, and their enigmatic nature is what makes them so seductive and beguiling. Scorpio is the sign most closely associated with sex, which is why we think they will love getting Frisky!
Sagittarius → Wanderlust White Blend
November 22 – December 21 | Extroverted, optimistic, funny & generous
Represented by the archer, Sagittarians are always on a quest, which is why the Wanderlust White (in its PBA free plastic bottle) is the perfect companion for these globetrotters. Sagittarius launches its many pursuits like blazing arrows, chasing after geographical, intellectual, and spiritual adventures. With so many journeys under their belt, Sagittarians are excellent storytellers and can light up any room with their exhilarating tales and infectious laughter. Effortlessly magnetic, Sags easily attract friends and lovers with their senses of humor. They're the comedians of the zodiac and infuse all of their conversations with wit and "no bullshit" bluntness.
Capricorn → Dominatrix Pinot Noir
December 22 – January 19 | Serious, independent, disciplined & tenacious
Domineering Capricorns tap into their inner fortitude to overcome whatever stands between them and their long-term goals, and they don’t let anything distract them from getting ahead. Because of their unwavering focus, however, they are often perceived as cold and unemotional. Capricorn’s can-do attitude leads to success in pretty much any industry. It’s important for Capricorn to maintain a healthy work-life balance and avoid treating their friends and partners like their assistants. All work and no play makes this Domme a dull playmate. Take time to indulge in the finer things, like this luscious Pinot Noir, and connect with your partner on something other than what happened at the office.
Aquarius → Making Waves Albarino
January 20 – February 18 | Deep, imaginative, original & uncompromising
These revolutionary thinkers fervently support “power to the people,” aspiring to change the world through radical social progress. Every Aquarian is a rebel at heart, which is why our Making Waves Albarino is the perfect wine for these power players. These air signs despise authority and anything that represents conventionality. Free-spirited and eccentric, they can often be identified by their offbeat fashion sensibilities, unusual hobbies, and nonconformist attitude. Aquarius can have a bit of a stubborn streak, this obstinacy stems from strong, righteous conviction, and it's quelled as soon as an Aquarius gets the chance to enact change. Aquarians also need plenty of space and time on their own to reflect, form ideas, plan for their role in the revolution, and make more than a few waves.
Naked Winery Team
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years (and maybe you have, no judgment) you have probably heard of a little summertime super trend taking your social media by storm. Yes, I am talking about Frosé. More than likely you have seen photos of this Summer stunner flooding your instagram feed as soon as daytime temps reach 74 degrees, and this grown up slushy is what warm weather dreams are made of, truly! So we decided to dive in and try a few recipes to find out what is worth your time to blow your mind!
For those of you who were totally unaware of this frozen wine miracle, Frosé is basically just frozen wine with a little bit of sweetener and some fruit for color and flavor. That’s literally it. So let's take a look at some of our favorite recipes so far!
The gold standard for do it yourself frosé comes from Bon Appetit Magazine (no surprise there). You can always tweak the recipe by adding different fruit or playing with how much strawberry syrup to add. We made it as is with our Gay Rosé and it was absolutely fabulous! Choose a full-flavored, full-bodied, dark-colored rosé for freezing. It will lose some of its color and will be a bit diluted after freezing and blending, so you'll want something that can hold its own.
- 1 750 ml bottle hearty, bold rosé (we used Naked Winery Gay Rosé)
- ½ cup sugar
- 8 ounces strawberries, hulled, and quartered
- 2½ ounces fresh lemon juice
- Pour rosé into a 13x9" pan and freeze until almost solid (it won't completely solidify due to the alcohol), at least 6 hours.
- Meanwhile, bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Add strawberries, remove from heat, and let set 30 minutes to infuse syrup with strawberry flavor. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl (do not press on solids); cover and chill until cold, about 30 minutes.
- Scrape rosé into a blender. Add lemon juice, 3½ ounces strawberry syrup, and 1 cup crushed ice and purée until smooth. Transfer blender jar to freezer and freeze until frosé is thickened (aim for milkshake consistency), 25–35 minutes.
- Blend again until frosé is slushy. Divide among glasses.
*Do Ahead: Rosé can be frozen 1 week ahead.
If you love the taste of rosé and sweet wine is just really not your thing, then you will love this version of the frozen cocktail from www.acouplecooks.com.
Here’s what you’ll need:
This naturally sweetened cocktail recipe uses just three simple ingredients: rosé wine, strawberries, and a little honey. So easy, right?
- 1 -750mL bottle rosé wine (we used Naked Winery Take Me Away Rosé)
- 8 large strawberries (about 1 1/2 cups ripe strawberries, halved), plus more for garnish
- 1 tablespoon honey (or maple syrup for vegan)
- Open the rosé and pour 2/3 cup into a glass measuring cup; set aside for when serving.
- Remove the tops of the strawberries and cut them in half.
- In a blender, blend the remaining rosé, strawberries, and honey until smooth and fully combined. Then pour the mixture through a strainer and into a covered baking dish.
- Transfer the baking dish to the freezer and freeze at least 6 hours, or overnight. (The alcohol in the mixture will keep it a slushy texture instead of freezing solid.) Blend the mixture again until it comes to a fluffy texture.
- To serve, place the blended mixture into a glass. Then pour a splash of rosé into each glass (this step is important: it gives the final texture and brings in the character of the rosé). If desired, garnish with strawberries and serve.
WATERMELON MINT FROSE
This cocktail requires a little prep the day before, but once everything is ready, it only takes about a minute to make. A couple of notes on preparation and ingredients: You'll want to make sure you freeze your watermelon cubes individually so that the cubes don’t clump together – this will hurt your blender and it will take longer to blend. I’d also recommend making the mint simple syrup the day before, as the mint flavor gets stronger with time.
- 1 (750-ml) bottle rosé wine (we used Naked Winery Puma to give it a little fizz)
- 1 pound watermelon cubes
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 8 to 10 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Pour the rosé into ice cube trays and freeze until solid, at least 6 hours or preferably overnight. At the same time, place the watermelon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and arrange them so that the cubes are not touching each other. Freeze for at least 2 hours, then transfer the watermelon into a container or zip-top bag and keep frozen. Meanwhile, make the mint simple syrup.
- Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until dissolved. Add the mint and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat and let sit for 15 minutes. Strain the syrup into a small bowl, discard the mint leaves, and let the syrup cool before refrigerating until ready to make the drink.
- Place the rosé ice cubes, frozen watermelon, mint simple syrup, and lemon juice in a blender and blend until combined and creamy. Pour into glasses and garnish each glass with a sprig of mint.
++This recipe comes to us from thekitchen.com
Naked Winery Team
As you might imagine, working for a winery has its perks. In fact, most of us are downright spoiled by the sheer variety and quality of beverage we get to enjoy on a regular basis. So we decided to check in with some of our Team Naked members to see what Summer wines they've been sipping after they clock off and begin to wind down, and why they think you should be drinking them too! Here's just a few of the wines we are loving right now to get you started!
Alaina: Winemaker - A Little Classy / A Little Sassy
"A Little Classy, A Little Sassy is the only wine I'm drinking right now. It's not too serious, meaning it's not too heavy or tannic, and it's super fruity!" Sounds like the perfect summertime red to accompany all the steaks and burgers we are slinging on the grill this time of the year.
A Little Classy, A Little Sassy is a super delicious blend of 60% Zinfandel, 31% Syrah, 9% Petite Syrah, created by Alaina for our 2019 June club shipment. You can read all about her creative process here.
Jess: Tasting Room Associate - Take Me Away Rosé
"Take Me Away Rosé is so refreshing! It's like a trip to the beach in every glass!" Nothing says Summer like an ice cold glass of rosé, especially when every bottle is like a mini beach getaway! So grab a glass, ditch your phone, and float away without leaving your A/C... It's just that good.
Grace: Club Naked Assistant Manager - Puma Semi-Sparkling Rose
"Puma! Love those bubbles with some frozen blueberrie! Chill it down and daymn do those colors pop... and it's so so delicious!" You can't go wrong with fresh summer fruit and chilled spritzy pink wine, they go together like sunscreen and swimming pools! Effervescent and oh so deicious! We sure do love this Summer stunner!
Corina: Chief Operations Officer - Making Waves Albarino
"It's so freaking good! It's crisp, refreshing, and so Summer-y. The taste is more interesting than a Pinot Gris, but it's very sessionable like a Pinot Gris. Plus the message on the label is something I'm totally vibing with right now." Cheers to that! We are ready to dive in and make a splash with this albarino wine right now!
Liz: Shipping and Marketing Coordinator - Frisky Sparkling Wine
"I am loving this Prosecco style sparkling wine. It's super refreshing on hot days and the perfect companion to any Summer spritzer, especially with Aperol!" Pass the bubbles! It's spritzer season and this summer sun is making us Frisky! We are loving this bubbly babe on all its own, litterally anytime of day (breakfast wine anyone?!) or night and is the perfect addition to some of our favorite Summer cocktails.
Naked Winery Team 🥂
Summer is the perfect time to plan a picnic with your wine! Err—we mean friends. Bringing both is a great start, but what else do you need for the perfect picnic experience? You can hike to a secluded meadow near the mountains, picnic while on vacation to save money and eat al fresco, or head to the town park. Your outdoor picnic can be elegant, romantic, or casual. No matter your vibe, we’ve got you covered with a list of essentials so you can be your spontaneous, adventurous self.
You knew we’d say wine, right? As long as your picnic spot is in a legal outdoor drinking area, wine is our first essential. And our line of NAKED Outdoor Vino wines are the perfect picnic partners! With a BPA-free plastic bottle that’s way lighter than glass and can be reused or recycled, Outdoor Vino is ready for any picnic adventure. Choose from Wanderlust White, Rambling Red, or our Outdoor Vino Pino Gris or Cabernet Sauvignon. If you’re not using one of our slick, screw-top Outdoor Vino wines, be sure to pack a corkscrew!
If you’re not using one of our slick, screw-top Outdoor Vino wines, be sure to pack a corkscrew!
Forgetting to pack a glass will leave you chugging out of the neck of a wine bottle, which can be awkward if you’re not that close to your blanket-sharing buds. We recommend an insulated tumbler like our Naked Hydro Flask Wine Glass or Ultimate Camp Mug to keep white wine chilled while you’re having fun in the sun. An added bonus is that most wine tumblers come with a lid, keeping the fruit flies at bay. If you’re extra fancy, bring wine glass picnic stakes for your traditional stemmed glassware so you can go hands-free without risking your wine wobbling over in the grass. A pack-it-in pack-it-out reusable glass means you don’t have to worry about waste!
3) AN OUTDOOR BLANKET
Any blanket will do, of course, but choosing a blanket that’s water-resistant and easily portable will make for smooth set up and tear down. We love this Lightspeed Outdoors Folding Outdoor Blanket, which folds into a roll secured by Velcro and has a built-in strap for easy carrying. It’s 5 x 7-foot dimensions weigh less than five pounds, so it’s the perfect summer packer to lounge out and stargaze or host a circle of friends.
It wouldn’t be much of a picnic without food, though we’re not above saying that sitting out with a blanket and wine bottle sounds good enough. Packing a variety of carbs, proteins, and fats will keep your picnic lively and ready for a discussion on wine pairing (if you’re into that kind of stuff). Keep it casual with a box of crackers, cheddar cheese, a bundle of grapes, and some chocolate chip cookies. Kick it up a notch with a mobile charcuterie board, packing a variety of olives, artisan cheeses, cured meats and whatever else delights your antipasto heart. Take your next brunch with friends outdoors by packing scones, strawberries, savory quiche, and coffee cake. Pro tips: Prep your food before you go. Slice cheese, cucumbers, or apples at home so you don’t have to pack a knife. Choose foods that are easy to transport and bring an ice pack if needed.
5) PICNIC BASKET
Ditch the traditional wooden basket that Yogi Bear might stumble upon in the woods—unless you start out close to your picnic destination, an insulated bag or backpack will be much more effective in keeping your food (and wine!) appropriately chilled. A bright blue cooler pack may not be Instagram-worthy, but you’ll be glad you opted for practicality when it’s time to dig in. No one wants to eat sweaty cheese on a date.
6) CUTTING BOARD, PLATE OR TRAY
The casual picnic-goer will be fine passing around the Tupperware, but if you’re going for glam, make sure you pack a wooden cutting board or flat tray to create a sturdy centerpiece for your food. Consider bringing lightweight, individual plates if you’re in an area where picnic guests may want to roam off-blanket with food in hand.
The best entertainment might be watching a sunset while you pinpoint tasting notes for your wine. Or gazing at the stars while sipping Oh! Orgasmic Nebbiolo with no conversation other than what the crickets are offering. But if you’re picnicking with a group, a deck of cards is a great way to engage, get to know new friends, and keep folks away from their smartphones. You can #picnicparty later.
We know you remembered the wine, but its counterpart water is another essential, especially if you’re hiking out and packed the olives with extra brine. Bring an insulated, reusable water bottle filled halfway with ice to keep cool and hydrated.
9) SUN & BUG PROTECTION
No picnic is sexy if you’re slapping mosquitos off your partner and getting sunburnt. Pack a good-smelling, reef-friendly, paraben-free sunscreen like Sun Bum and an organic bug deterrent to enjoy the outdoors without the pests. We can’t recommend anything to prevent ants, but, well. . . they seem picnic-y anyway!
10) CLEAN UP
When you’re finished soaking up the sights, wine, and living in the moment with your friends, you’ll want an easy clean up. Pack a container or bag to hold food waste and wrappers so trash is easy to compile and throw away when you get home. If you’re picnicking with kids (or high-spirited adults), bring a pack of napkins or wet wipes so you’re sticky-free on the way home. We hope at the end of your picnic you’re happy, full of wine and smiles, and have made a few memories!
Naked Winery Team | Lisa Laughlin
We recently invited a few Team Naked members to sit back, relax and sip wine in the place where all the magic happens -- our Hood River Winery. We took the fun to Facebook Live with Maija (Club Naked Wine Club Manager), Alaina & Tracy (Winemakers) and Liz (Marketing Guru) where we treated all of them to a tasting of our current C-Mix wines: Foreplay Chardonnay, Naked Pinot Gris, Booty Call, Dominatrix Pinot Noir, and Oh! Orgasmic Meritage. With the final tasting in the line up being our newest Club Naked exclusive wine, A Little Classy, A Little Sassy Red Blend. This red blend was beautifully crafted by our winemaker Alaina Waller. It's full of elegance, finesse and some sass! Read more about it here.
Our winemakers gave the ins-and-outs of the wines and what inspired them. Then the fun part—wine tasting. Our favorite quote of the day was from Liz who said: “my peasant pallet would definitely pair this wine with a Midnight Milky Way.” 🤣 🍫 🍷. Watch the video below for the recap!
We would love to have you stop into any of our 4 Oregon Tasting Rooms for a wine tasting - we've got over 30 wine varietie...basically something for everyone. Stay tuned for more info and wine tastings from our Naked Winemakers and Club Naked Wine Club Managers!
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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!