It is true, that a few customers have been disappointed when they arrived at the tasting room and found that the wines were not produced in South Dakota but, instead, were all produced in Oregon with grapes grown in Washington, Oregon, and California. It is also true that some people have been offended by the risqué references in the wine names and descriptions. However, when most people taste the wine, they are very impressed with the wonderfully made wines. Serious wine drinkers love the quality reds ranging from a Pinot Noir to a Sangiovese to a Nebiollo. Beginner wine drinkers will like the semi-sweet whites like Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Then there are a myriad of great wines in between!
Though some find the idea of “Naked” to be offensive, I just find it entertaining. Not only do I not offend easily, I get the marketing perspective behind the innuendo. The informal and (dare I say it) cool feel of the wines and tasting rooms will attract those who once thought wine drinking was too stuffy and “hoity toity”…only meant for the old and the rich. I support any wine producer and tasting room that increases the number of wines available to drink in my small area, and I applaud any wine producer and tasting room that can appeal to those who haven’t yet been exposed to the wonderful world of wine! So, thank you, Naked Winery in Hood River, for spreading your Naked joy to the Black Hills. I’m thirsty now…wink.