Posted 15th July 2011
No this is not some dodgy wine themed calendar we’re doing, it’s a review about the wine tasting I went to last week held by the lovely people at Naked Wines.
The tasting was held at Brunel’s Old Station on Tuesday evening, the lovely Fran from Naked Wines explained that the evening was a casual affair and invited us to wander around the tables, help ourselves to the wine and talk to the winemakers about their products (there were over 100 wines there so we had a lot of work to do!!)
I could bore you with the tastes and flavours of the wines we tried from each winemakers – but I wont, you can take my word that they were fantastic quality and very enjoyable. Instead I want to talk about how great Naked Wines’ concept really is. Definitely a wine club with a difference.
Wine can be purchased by members and non members (members are known as Angels). Angels receive free delivery and 33% cashback off every order.
Membership fees from the Angels go towards Naked securing funds to invest in independent winemakers from across the globe; in return these winemakers sell their wine exclusively through Naked. The wines you get here, you cannot get from anyone else.
The wines we tried were truly superb. With so many to choose from I think we barely tried half of what was on offer. The ones which stood out for us however were a Spanish white from Carlos Roriguez and fantastic Portuguese from Oscar Quevedo. I was amazed to see how many wines were appellation d’origine de controle or equivalent – real proof that these are makers of highly regulated and real quality wines.
Throughout the evening I couldn’t help but notice a real sense of community. The winemakers were passionate about their wines and about the opportunities brought to them by Naked. The Angels who attended were all give badges so the winemakers could thank them personally – the hall was simply buzzing with people talking and sharing their interests.
We managed to meet founder, Rowan Gormley who told us more about the concepts behind the company and thanked us for the tweets leading up to the event (it was great that he’d noticed!!) Becci and I were even lucky enough to catch up with a couple of the Naked Angels who were simply bursting with positive things to say about the wines they bought from Naked – they particularly liked the South African Wines.
This sense of community is also reflected online, Angels are encouraged to rate their wines and comment on each one, winemakers are awarded ratings based on their ‘likes’ and comments.
I’ve probably ranted enough now, a superb evening by Naked Wines, thoroughly enjoyed and a great way to showcase what is clearly a fantastic concept and an innovative way of supporting independent winemakers.
You can (and I urge you to) find out more about Naked Wines from their website: http://www.nakedwines.com/