I love new ideas in the wine world in part because they are so few and far between. Naked Winery in Hood River outside of Portland in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge has always been pushing ideas around to increase sales and get people to not take wine so seriously. Enter their Wanderlust White, a blend of various grapes, in this iteration it’s Gewürztraminer and Riesling, all done in stainless steel then bottled in a BPA-free plastic bottle. Yeah, you read that right...a plastic wine bottle. Gimmick? Not really. Well ok, maybe, but so what? Workable? Oh, yeah. A pleasant acidity, a hint of sweetness, apples, pears and a slight resin, it’s not a complicated white wine, but it is the perfect picnic wine. And if you drop it (frankly why the hell are you dropping wine to begin with?) the bottle will bounce, not shatter, and the happy wine inside will remain unharmed. We’ve all had the experience of buying a bottle only to have it slip and go boom. Bummer, right? At first glance the bottle looks smaller, because it is thinner, lighter and easier to carry on those long treks to your make-out place. Anyhow, the wine is good, the packaging even better. Is this a foretelling of things to come? Time will tell, but this is pretty cool.
$14/ 750 ml – Alc: 13% NAKED WINERY
BOOZEHOUNDZ RATING: 88 POINTS