Hood River Beach Bash — with Naked Winery boost — picks up and builds on Wind Fest

Regular summer visitors to Hood River may have crossed paths with the annual Wind Fest event. Organized by the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association, Wind Fest enlisted wind surfing and kiteboarding gear makers and sellers to let wind sports addicts try out new gear, down at the Hood River waterfront.

My,  how the child has grown. This year, it’s called Beach Bash. Instead of two days, this year it covers four. Here’s the what and where of it all:

  • Thursday, June 25 — Pray for Wind Party, 6-10 p.m., Stonehedge Gardens restaurant. $20 covers a catered dinner ($10 for kids); cash bar, raffle, band and auction.
  • Friday, June 26 — High Wind Demo, sponsored by Windance, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rowena (East. Mayer State Park, 15 miles east of Hood River off I-84).
  • Later that same day (Friday, June 26) — Outdoor Concert, 6-10 p.m., Waterfront Park Amphitheater, presented by 10 Barrel Brewing and supported by Naked Winery, food by 4 & 20 Blackbirds and Leah’s Lunch.
  • Saturday, June 27 — Big Winds Beach Party, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hood River Event Site. All kinds of fun, including a Mt. Hood Meadows Kids Section, with races, relays and the Never Ever Windsurfed Before Race. For us bigger people, the day includes music, food, drink, gear demos, archery tag and more.
  • Sunday, June 28 — All Sports Swap Meet, 7 a.m. (sellers), 8 a.m. (buyers) to noon, Luhr Jensen Parking lot (just to the east of the Hood River Waterfront Park). Sellers pay $10.
  •  Closing BBQ — 1-3 p.m., Northwave Lawn.

Just for the fun of it and to get you all jacked up, we’re sharing a video below from the recent Pistol River Wave Bash on the Oregon Coast. Winds pushing 50 mph, and a lot of talent. The Hood River Beach Bash will be a lot calmer. Count on it.

 

Pistol River Wave Bash 2015 from American Windsurfing Tour on Vimeo.

Stellar Escort Pinot Gris leads list of summer releases

We labor mightily here to get you Naked, however you like it — via Amazon.com, direct from the nicely manicured hands of our tasting room team, or straight from the shelves and wine lists of our retail tease mates.

If you’re not able to make it to one of our tasting rooms, you’ll want to scan the shelves of your favorite wine retailer for three new Naked wines just now entering the pipeline. Here’s a bit about each:

2014 Naked Pinot Gris — Featuring Willamette Valley grape from the 2014 harvest, this bottling features ripe pear and candy cane aromas, and tart pineapple notes with balanced acidity on the tongue. 13% alcohol.

2013 Naked Pinot Noir — Based on Willamette Valley fruit from the 2013 harvest, this Burgundian expression gains from 8 months in American and French oak. Caramel and cherry nose lead into a sip that is light of body and balances blueraspberry with light tannins.

2013 Naked Cabernet Sauvignon — Sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards, this big cab — with just a touch of  Merlot and Petit Verdot — spent a year in French and American oak,  Look for black currant, cherry, clove and praline notes on the nose, and flavors of black cherry, barrel toast and light tannins. 14.2% alcohol.

At our tasting rooms, you’ll find a lot of familiar faces wearing fresh smiles and come-hither looks. The video above speaks, for instance, to our new 2014 Escort Pinot Gris.

Aged entirely in stainless steel, this blend features 100 percent Columbia Gorge fruit — from the slopes of Underwood Mountain, just across the Columbia River from Hood River. Apple blossom aromas promise crisp apple and ripe pear flavors on your palate. In short, a perfect summer sipper.

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