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Kim Schwarting
 
September 11, 2019 | Kim Schwarting

Pair Like a Pro | Naked Winery Food & Wine Pairing

I am so happy to be bringing you this guest blog post with two of my favorite wines from Naked Winery. I paired them both with a meal you can make at home. This made my culinary soul so happy. I felt like I was back in school taking my cooking exams (I actually enjoyed that part of culinary school) and I think I passed this test with flying colors...even though it wasn’t a test.

Naked Winery says it best when describing themselves (About Naked). They started back in 2005, and what a community they have built since then. I visit Bend, Oregon often and the Naked Winery Tasting Room is definitely one of the stops I have to make when I am in town. The staff at the location in The Old Mill District is so kind and fun to be around. I actually became friends with 2 of the girls who work there. So shout out to Kennedy and Jesse for always making me feel right at home at the Bend location.

I discovered Naked Winery 3 years ago on my 25th birthday. Naked Winery had already been apart of my life because their wine corks were in my centerpieces at my wedding 3 years ago. My Aunt had shipped some of their wine corks to me when I was in need of a lot of corks for 12 centerpieces for the wedding. I asked my husband if we could make a trip to Bend for my birthday because it's my happy place. We were in The Old Mill District on my birthday walking around and shopping when we decided to stop in because I had remembered their wine corks. We fell in love with the wine and the vibe of the winery/brand. We signed up for Club Naked membership right then and there that day. And it has been a beautiful love story ever since with Naked Winery.

Naked Winery sent me the Diva Sangiovese and the Making Waves Albariño. Diva is medium-bodied wine, with aromas of pomegranate and cocoa. The tasting palette is of cranberry with rich oak characteristics. I really enjoyed this Sangiovese as a summer red wine. I'm normally very particular to white and rose wines in the summer because I can’t handle the heaviness of red wine in the middle of summer. But I didn't think it was heavy at all. I really enjoyed it that night. I could have sat on my patio chatting with friends all night with a bottle of this. Summer campfire anyone? The Albariño makes me wish I was on a boat, on a lake just cruising around. It would be a great beach day wine. With aromas of coconut and pineapple. Flavors of ripe melon and juicy peach make it for a great summer wine.

I decided to pair the Sangiovese with zucchini lasagna rolls and the Albariño with a white fish in a sauce comprised of wine, tomato, and basil. Yum! Saturday night we started with the zucchini lasagna rolls -- they were so fun to make! I definitely recommend if you make these to make it a date night idea with you and your significant other because the rolling part of the zucchini is a little time-consuming. But I really enjoyed doing it together with my husband. Another way Naked Winery brings people together is with good wine and food. So open your wine and get rolling!

On Sunday I made the halibut in my white wine, tomato, and basil sauce. I was able to cook with the Albariño because the recipe calls for 1/4 cup of white wine. I only ever cook with wine that I would drink. This recipe is super easy. You make the sauce and then pan fry the fish and finish it in the oven. I roasted some baby potatoes as a side dish. The recipe is for cod but I love halibut so I just switched the type of fish. This recipe also goes well with shrimp or scallop dishes. It is a great summer wine and this is a great summer dish.

I have been truly honored to work with Naked Winery and bring you this post. I am a huge fan of them and I hope you visit them if you are near any one of their locations in Oregon. They are also opening a wine bar in Vancouver, WA next fall. I can’t wait to visit it! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Read Kim's blog post HERE to get the whole story.

Cheers,

Naked Winery Team | Kim Schwarting

Time Posted: Sep 11, 2019 at 8:34 AM
Lisa Laughlin
 
September 9, 2019 | Lisa Laughlin

Set the Table: Barbera’s the Best Wine for Thanksgiving Dinner

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
• Mushrooms
• Herbs
• Blue cheese
• Root vegetables
• Braised greens
• Lentils

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!

🥂 Cheers,

Naked Winery Team | Lisa Laughlin

 

Time Posted: Sep 9, 2019 at 8:03 AM
Blog Team
 
September 5, 2019 | Blog Team

Baking Naked | Lip-Licking Brownies

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.

Three friends cheering with glasses of pink Frose

 

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.

 

BROWNIE RECIPE

 

 

 

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.

🥂 Cheers,
Naked Winery Team

Time Posted: Sep 5, 2019 at 3:01 PM
Blog Team
 
August 9, 2019 | Blog Team

Sippin' on Stars: Your Naked Winery Horoscope

Wine and Cheese in the stars

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 Zodiac Sign

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 Zodiac Sign

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!

 

Gemini Zodiac Symbol

Gemini → A Little Classy, A Little Sassy Red Blend

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 Zodiac Symbol

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 Zodiac Symbol

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 Zodiac Symbol

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 Zodiac Symbol

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 Zodiac Symbol

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 Zodiac Symbol

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 Zodiac Sign

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.

 

 

Pisces Zodiac Symbol

 

🥂 Cheers,
Naked Winery Team

Time Posted: Aug 9, 2019 at 2:06 PM
Blog Team
 
July 27, 2019 | Blog Team

Frosé All Day

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!

Three friends cheering with glasses of pink Frose

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!

OUR FAVORITE

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

Instructions:

  1. Pour rosé into a 13x9" pan and freeze until almost solid (it won't completely solidify due to the alcohol), at least 6 hours.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Blend again until frosé is slushy. Divide among glasses.

*Do Ahead: Rosé can be frozen 1 week ahead.

AU NATURAL

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.

A glass of light pink Naked Winery Take Me Away Frose with a strawberry garnish

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?

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Instructions:

  1. Open the rosé and pour 2/3 cup into a glass measuring cup; set aside for when serving.
  2. Remove the tops of the strawberries and cut them in half.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

2 glasses of Naked Winery Puma Frose with mint and watermelon garnish

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

 

🥂 Cheers,
Naked Winery Team

Time Posted: Jul 27, 2019 at 10:27 AM
Blog Team
 
July 22, 2019 | Blog Team

Thank You For Drinking: A Summertime Wine List

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!

A group of friends having a picnic drinking Naked Winery Complicated Viognier

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.

two bottles of naked winery classy and sassy bottles pouring wine into one glass

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.

man holding a bottle of naked winery take me away rose

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!

one bottle of Naked Winery Puma held over a fruit platter

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!

Woman reading a magazine with a bottle and glass of Naked Winery Making Wave Albarino in the foreground

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.

Picnic spread with a bottle of Naked Winery Frisky, lemon wedges, and crab

Cheers,
Naked Winery Team 🥂

Time Posted: Jul 22, 2019 at 8:08 AM
Blog Team
 
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
Lisa Laughlin
 
July 12, 2019 | Lisa Laughlin

Eat, Stay & Explore with Naked Winery

Naked Winery has four awesome locations, and each tasting room town has its own style and local amenities to offer! Explore them all for a wine-centric summer road trip through Oregon. Here are our recommendations on where to eat, stay, and explore in Hood River, McMinnville, Seaside, and Bend.

HOOD RIVER, OREGON

Located in the sunny, breezy Columbia Gorge, Hood River has ample play for the outdoor enthusiast and shopper alike. Explore the Columbia River from the shore or on paddle, hike Mount Hood, and, of course, drink awesome wine! Starting at our Naked Winery tasting room on 2nd street will put you in the perfect downtown area to explore Hood River’s unique shops and eateries listed below.

STAY: 

Choose from a variety of B & B’s, hotels, vacation rentals, or go glamping! The Columbia Cliff Villas will provide stunning views from the Cliffs, while the pet-friendly Hood River Hotel will provide a touch of vintage and a great downtown walking stay. If camping is your thing, check out these local campgrounds.

EAT: 

After wine tasting and playing around Hood River, grab a slice of pizza at Andrew's Pizza or find classic burger fare at Full Sail Brewing Company. Broder Øst has unique Scandinavian breakfast options, while Three Rivers Grill offers delicious Northwest cuisine with spectacular views of the Columbia River, these are only a few of Hood River’s dining options!

EXPLORE: 

Pick berries, rock climb, shop, hike, or play on the water! Hood River’s frequent winds make this town a hotspot for sailing, kiteboarding, or windsurfing. Travel a bit out of town to paddleboard on the Instagram-perfect Lost Lake. Go mountain biking or explore the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. You can also plan your trip around major events, like the Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim or Hood River Hops Fest. If you’re traveling with kids, check out this list of top family activities in Hood River.

McMINNVILLE, OREGON

McMinnville is in the heart of the Willamette Valley—in other words, big-time wine country! You’ll discover a historic vibe when you stay in this small town and will have your pick of farm-to-table dining options. Cycle through the vineyards, visit chic boutiques, or unwind with a forest bath (yes, it’s a thing).

STAY: 

While Air B-n-B options in this town abound, we’d recommend a stay at the historic McMenamins Hotel Oregon. Built in 1905, this beautiful hotel makes for easy walking to the McMinnville Naked tasting room and a host of other activities, as it’s located on the popular 3rd Street of historic downtown. Hotel Oregon is also across the street from Serendipity Ice Cream. (Ice cream and wine, anyone?)

EAT: 

As you may well know, it’s important to eat on any wine trip! Pura Vida Cocina has modern Latin cuisine, like salmon ceviche, while Thistle has top-quality seasonal menus. Check out the locally-sourced Crescent café for breakfast, and the 411 Eatery and Lounge for fresh fare at lunch or dinner time (p.s. they also deliver right to our tasting room). Pizza Capo is the place to go for a pizza pie.

EXPLORE: 

Catch 3rd Friday on 3rd Street, a celebration every third Friday of the month on the street where our Naked Winery tasting room is located. Look to see if there’s a special event while you’re in town, like the International Pinot Noir Celebration, Wildwood MusicFest, or the 15th Annual Willamette Valley Lavender Festival. Go for a bike ride on the McMinnville wine loop, or one of those forest baths we mentioned. Grab the family and spend the day at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, home of the Hughes Spruce Goose and Wings & Waves Indoor Waterpark. Have a picnic at Ed Grenfell Park along Baker Creek, check out an art gallery, or, if you’re traveling with kids, spend some time at the McMinnville Aquatic Center. There’s an adventure for every type in McMinnville. 

SEASIDE, OREGON

This playful town along the North Coast of Oregon has long been popular as a relaxed beachside getaway. Walk, bike, or kayak around to get a feel for this unique place and all it has to offer. Taste your favorite Naked wines in our tasting room and then catch the sunset from the sand.

STAY: 

If you’re looking for a romantic stay or ultimate girls’ retreat, book your room at the historic (adults-only) Gilbert Inn Hotel. WorldMark Seaside by Wyndham Resort is a great place to stay with quick beach access. You can also camp at Fort Stevens State Park.  

EAT: 

Start your day with a hearty brunch at the Firehouse Grill. After wine tasting and walking on the beach, try the homemade dessert at Nonni’s Italian Bistro. Grab casual fish & ships at Bell Buoy Seaside, or eat dinner at Thai Me Up, where “love is the main ingredient.”

EXPLORE: 

Bike along the beachside Promenade or try your hand at clam digging. If it’s the right time of year, you can spy gray whales migrating along the coast. There’s even surfing, with rentals available from local surf shops. Golf at one of several courses, go birding along the grassy dunes, or browse three distinct (tax-free!) shopping districts with goods ranging from antiques to artisan smoked salmon. Other attractions include the Seaside Aquarium and historic Lewis & Clark Salt Works. The Funland Arcade and Captain Kid Amusement Park are must-stops for kids. Here’s a full list of local events.

BEND, OREGON

Bend is a small, high-desert town along the Deschutes River in eastern Oregon that’s garnered attention as the “outdoor playground of the west.” After visiting our playful Naked Winery tasting room in the Old Mill District, explore all that Bend has to offer!

STAY: 

With river and mountain views and close access to the Old Mill District, My Place Hotel is a great place to bring your family and pets. Riverhouse on the Deschutes will put you in the heart of downtown Bend. Whatever type of place you’d like to stay, it’s likely Bend has it, from boutique hotels to luxury camper van rentals.  

EAT: 

The food scene in Bend is as varied as the ways to play around town. Start with breakfast at The Lemon Tree, get authentic Cuban fare for lunch at Cuban Kitchen, visit Bangers & Brews for gourmet sausages with an Argentinian Flair, or hit up Boxwood Kitchen in the Old Mill District for a modern take on the classic supper club experience (see photo🤤).

EXPLORE: 

You can’t go wrong spending a day in the Old Mill District of Bend, with an outdoor concert venue, tasting rooms, and delightful pick of restaurants. Schedule your trip to line up with an event like Bend Brewfest or Art in the High Desert. Bend is a huge outdoor recreation play area, so you can also catch a tour for whitewater rafting or book a local outdoor guide to hit the lakes, trails, and rivers.

Visit the High Desert Museum, hike at the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area or Deschutes National Forest, or take a horseback ride into the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Trail. Don’t just take our word for how awesome Bend is—check out these crowd-sourced “love” lists with top things to do rated by visitors and locals alike.

We hope you have FUN exploring all of our Naked locations with your friends and loved ones this summer!

Cheers,
Naked Winery Team | Lisa Laughlin

Time Posted: Jul 12, 2019 at 8:55 AM
Lisa Laughlin
 
June 10, 2019 | Lisa Laughlin

10 Things to Pack for the Perfect Summer Picnic

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.

1) WINE

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!

2) GLASSES

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. 

4) FOOD

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.

7) ENTERTAINMENT

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.

8) WATER

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!

Cheers,

Naked Winery Team | Lisa Laughlin

Time Posted: Jun 10, 2019 at 8:34 AM
Blog Team
 
June 7, 2019 | Blog Team

Wine tasting is fun. We have video proof.

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!

Not a Club Naked Member? No worries. Check out our wine club HERE.

Cheers,
Naked Winery Team

Time Posted: Jun 7, 2019 at 10:20 AM