NAKED WINERY BLOG
Winter in the Pacific Northwest is all about staying dry. If you live here, you know what we mean. If you don’t, well...let’s just say the rumors are true.
But this isn’t just a season for raincoats and Muck boots. The inclement weather also calls for dry wines: wines with almost no residual sugar, that are elevated in both alcohol content and acidity. These wines warm you from the inside out and pair well with the heavier meals we crave, especially on days when we’ve braved a chilly chairlift or simply watched rainfall from our windows.
In honor of Naked’s Dry January (😉), we pulled together a few of our favorite dry wines and heart-warming recipes. Enjoy!
Off The Record Carménère x Pumpkin Curry
Photo Credit: The Minimalist Baker
Carménère pairs well with spicy food and catching up with old friends. Originally a Club Naked exclusive wine, we’re now opening this bottle up to the general public so all can enjoy the secrets of the “lost grape of Europe.”
Carménère is a good all-around pairing wine, but it pairs especially well with curry. Not only does curry pack a spicy punch (especially when we “forget” to de-seed the jalapeño hehe), it’s the ultimate midweek meal. Go ahead and improvise, throw in just about any veggie or meat you may already have in your refrigerators and voila! Your Wednesday night dinner plans just got a little more extra.
Below is a loose recipe to follow, especially if you have an extra can of pumpkin purée left over from the fall to make your curry extra smooth and creamy. Feel free to take this recipe and run wild!
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, diced
- 2 tablespoons minced ginger
- 1-2 bell peppers, chopped
- 1 medium sized sweet potato
- 1 can of chickpeas (roasted)
- Jalapeños for spice
- Spices: salt, pepper, turmeric, curry powder
- 2 cans of coconut milk
- 1 can pumpkin purée (you don’t have to use the whole thing)
- Veggie broth (optional)
- Red or yellow curry paste, to taste
- Rice (optional)
- Naan (optional)
- Fresh Cilantro
Serves: 4-6, with plenty of leftovers
- Start by cooking your rice, as that can take 40-60 minutes if you don’t have a rice cooker. (A basic rice ratio is 2 cups water to 1 cup rice, but follow the instructions on the packaging and/or rice cooker.)
- Preheat the oven to 400°. With the oven preheating and rice on its way, open up a bottle of Off The Record and let the wine breathe as you prepare the roasted chickpeas. Drain the chickpeas, dry them with a clean dish towel, then toss them in olive oil, salt and any other spice. Place on a cookie sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes while you prepare the rest of the curry.
- In a wide and deep skillet, sauté onions, garlic, ginger and sweet potatoes seasoned with salt, pepper, turmeric and curry powder over medium heat. Add in the bell peppers and any other veggie or meat you’ve got.
- Once the fixings are mostly cooked, add the coconut milk and curry paste, adding as much as needed to turn the milk to a nice red (or yellow) color. Then add the pumpkin purée. You probably won’t need the whole can. Thin with veggie broth if desired. Bring curry to a boil, add kale or any other soft greens, and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. The Carménère should be opened up enough by now.
- Top with fresh cilantro and serve with rice and/or naan and recapping family holiday drama with your friends.
Oh! Orgasmic Tannat & Pasta Alla Vodka
Photo Credit: Half Baked Harvest
We gotta give credit to the G.O.A.T. Tiegan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest for this one-pot vodka sauce recipe. The heavy cream in this sauce mellows out the astringency in high-tannin wines, And while this dish is shockingly easy to make, it has a “wow” factor so we’re pairing it with one of our favorite high-tannin wines: Oh! Tannat.
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1-2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (optional for spice)
- 1/2 cup tomato paste
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 3/4 cup basil pesto, homemade or store-bought (optional)
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 cup heavy cream or canned coconut milk
- 1 pound short cut pasta
- 3 tablespoons salted butter
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
- 1/4 cup fresh basil roughly chopped
- Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. When the oil shimmers, add the shallot, garlic, and oregano. Cook until the shallots begin to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add the tomato paste and red pepper flakes, cook 4-5 minutes, until thickened. Stir in the vodka, cook another 2 minutes. Stir in the pesto and cream. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm over low heat.
- Now that the hardest part is over, open up a bottle of Oh! Nebbiolo and let breathe. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Just before draining, remove 1 1/2 cups of the pasta cooking water. Drain.
- To make the vodka sauce, add the pasta, 1/2 cup pasta cooking water, and the butter, tossing until the butter has melted. Add the parmesan and basil. If needed, thin the sauce with additional pasta cooking water.
- Divide the pasta among plates and top with basil and cheese alongside your Oh!
Here to Stay Chardonnay x Pot Pie
Photo Credit: The Beach House Kitchen
You know what you may be thinking: white wine...in the winter? Isn’t that just a summer thing? Yes and no! While we love a bright and stealy chardonnay (like Foreplay) during warmer months, oaky chardonnays like Here to Stay have the character and acidity needed to stand up to heavier foods.
Buttery oaked chardonnays also pair particularly well with the toasty-nature of puff pastry, which is hands down the best part of a soul-warming pot pie. This recipe calls for Here to Stay both as an ingredient and a pairing. Bon appetit!
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red pepper
- 1 cup frozen pieces
- 4 cups cooked shredded chicken (or substitute with potatoes)
- Season: salt, black pepper, fresh thyme
- ¼ cup all-purpose flower
- ¼ cup Here to Stay Chardonnay
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup chicken stock and/or veggie broth
- 2 sheets puff pastry
- 1 large egg, whisked with a little water
- 1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
- In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter and add onions, carrots, garlic, peppers and thyme for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the peas.
- In a large saucepan, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and add flour. Whisk continuously for one minute. Add in white wine and cook for 1-2 minutes until evaporated. Gradually add cream and stock. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer until thickened.
- Add the vegetables, chicken, and/or potatoes and remove from heat. Spoon into 6 oven-safe bowls.
- Roll out the pull pastry to ¼ inch thickness. Cut so that each bowl can be covered with a sheet of puff pastry. Cut small slits in the middle of the puff pastry and then brush the tops with an egg.
- Cook in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden brown.
- Serve with the remaining Here to Stay Chardonnay.
Maybe your 2021 resolution is to learn more about your go-to happy hour bevie, or maybe you’re just along for the ride. Either way, we’re here to help pull back the curtain on some techie wine concepts, but hopefully in a way that you’ll actually understand. Since it’s January, the month responsible adults kick off the year by breaking up with booze, we're going dry too. Dry wine that is! We’re talkin’ about dry wines all month long. More specifically, what they are and what they aren’t.
Defining Dry Wine
Technically speaking, dryness is the term winemakers and sommeliers use to refer to the residual sugar content in a finished wine. (geek speak = RS) Wines with less than 1% RS are considered “dry.”
But...dryness is confusing.
Wine dryness can get confusing because there are a lot of factors that impact our perception of wine. For example, two wines with the exact same RS can taste wildly different for a few different reasons. Food scientists and winos have actually studied why some wines taste drier than others and have come to the conclusion that alcohol, tannin, and acidity are key components to why a wine tastes ‘dry’.
Ever taken a sip of wine and felt like the spit has been sucked out of your mouth? That’s actually “astringency” at work — and it’s caused by tannins found in grape skins and seeds. While wines with a ton of tannins can seem harsh and astringent on their own, they are bomb with the right foods. (geek speak = they're also what help red wine age gracefully. )
Acidity (geek speak = pH) can also play tricks on our perception of a wine's dryness. Because sour cancels out sweet, a wine that has more acid will always taste drier than wines with less acidity.
Alcohol Content (geek speak = ABV)
Additionally, high alcohol content can also make a wine taste sweeter than it actually is. In fact, if you had two wines with identical RS amounts, but one had slightly more alcohol, the wine with a higher ABV would taste sweeter even though it doesn’t have any extra sugar.
Isn’t science fun - when you can drink it?!
So what does all of this mean for what to drink with dinner? When considering what wine to open with your meal, keep in mind that sweetness, saltiness, and fat balance the acidity and tannin of dry wines. We’re talkin’ big bold reds and oven-roasted meals, or crisp dry whites that compliment all your favorite cheese.
Either way, we hope you’ll pop some bottles and raise a glass (or two) to a very Naked ‘Dry’ January and to resolutions you look forward to keeping — because nobody likes a quitter.
Cheers to a New Year!
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
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
What’s Galentine’s Day you ask?! Oh, it’s only the best day of the year! But for reals. It started as a fictional celebration of Leslie Knope and her lady-friends on NBC’s Parks and Recreation in the mid-2000s. However, in the last 10 years, it has exploded in popularity as a way to celebrate that most common and yet most unremarked-upon of things: female friendship.
Turns out, people aren’t really that in love with Valentine’s Day anymore. More and more it is being viewed as just another Hallmark holiday. One that only serves to make single people feel bad for no reason and puts undue pressure on people in relationships. So maybe you are single this year. So what! Chances are, even if you don’t have a significant other, you probably do have a best friend, and if so she is definitely worth celebrating.
Galentine’s Day has become a holiday that really connects with women in the current #metoo era we find ourselves in. And this made for TV holiday is absolutely trending IRL. In 2007 about 63% of Americans planned to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Compare that to 2018 when that number dropped to just 51%. This decline in popularity has been attributed to younger consumers associating Valentine’s with their parents. In other words, it’s lame. Whereas Galentine’s Day is projected to grow by 20% in the next three years. Now that’s some serious girl power! #yasqueen
So, mark your calendars ladies! Naked Winery will be hosting a Galentine’s Day pop-up shopping event in our Hood River tasting room on Saturday, February 8th. Just ladies celebrating ladies, Naked style! Stop in anytime between 4 and 7 PM to sip n’ shop for your besties with breasties. Keep it less commercial and browse gifts from local vendors including Whimsy Chocolates, Lucky Locks, Croze Creations, Sally & Sage, Columbia Gorge Confections, Hackle and Hide, Queen of Hearts Hemp Foods, and Morganic Handmade who will all be on-site with beautiful, delicious, and sparkly presents specifically for the gals in your life.
When: Saturday, Feb-8 | 4-7 pm
Where: Naked Winery Hood River Tasting Room | 606 Oak Street
However you celebrate the real loves of your life, enjoy a holiday that’s less hallmark and more unconditional love… and wine. Don’t forget the wine.
Naked Winery Team
Ever wonder what we’ve been humming around here at Naked HQ? We're gearing up for our 90's Throwback Party at the Seaside, OR Tasting Room on Feb-22 (more info HERE), so we're sharing our curated playlist. These jams are awesome and may invoke dancing ⚠️ you've been warned. Although we do ask that you refrain from the Macarena and the Tootsie Roll.
To loosely and not at all accurately quote a classic '90s jam, "Ain't no party like a '90s party, 'cause a '90s party don't stop." Am I right, or am I right? If you're planning to attend a 90’s themed party we advise that you consider sporting some like baggy jeans, flannel shirts and complementing combat boots. Yep, we’re feeling it.
Did we strike up some nostalgic feelings? Want more from our team? Follow Naked Winery on Spotify and stay tuned to the Naked Blog for more pour 'n play themes.
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