We don’t know about you, but when summer heat hits, our tastebuds tilt toward chilled wines. Heat, as we all know, turns even the best red wine into a flabby vehicle for a cloud of alcohol. Not good.
Which is why some of our in-house tasters pause, look around to see who’s listening, then whisper the heresy that “I like my reds on the chilly side.”
When the chef fires up the grill for some stout steaks or juicy burgers, it’s time to crack a bottle of our 2013 Naked Penetration Cabernet Sauvignon.
Featuring a medley of wineyard contributions, the Naked Cab gets 50 percent of its flavor from the Les Collines vineyard in Walla Walla, 30 percent from Dan Gunkel’s vines in the Maryhill area on the Washington side of the Columbia River, and the final 20 percent from the vines of Scott Elder in The Dalles.
In the glass, you’ll find cherry and black currant notes contrasted with light tannins and soft oak from 16 months in new American and French barrels.
While we’re on the subject, let us suggest one way to give your BBQ guests a little psychic whiplash. Get some ballpark style franks — no brats from Whole Foods, puh-leeze — and scorch some grill marks on those pups, slather them in mustard and relish, and eat ’em up in some bad-bread buns.
While sipping Naked cab from a Mason jar. How’s that for haute dawg meets vino primo?
Built on fruit from the Bridgeview vineyard of southern Oregon, our 2013 Tease Riesling is the perfect hot-weather pairing for grilled halibut, asparagus and carrots.
With melon and peach notes balanced by Riesling ‘s classic citrus acidity, our Tease will take your breath away and leave you grasping for another taste.
Don’t let our love of riesling distress your desire to undress. If you like hot (spicy) food on a hot day, to break the sweat out of lock-up, you may want to lean a bit toward the sweeter end of the spectrum, with our Outdoor Vino Sundress Sweet or Outdoor Vino Wanderlust White.
Bottom line? However you like your summer served, Naked Winery has you made in the shade.