An unusual blend from a big name vineyard produces classic Italian flavors in Paso Robles, the Naked Wines Brothers Miller French Camp Vineyard Old World Blend. Well, this is certainly not your typical California red blend! Primarily Barbera along with a little Lagrein and … [Read more...]
Naked Wines Review - Read This Before Joining!
Is Naked Wines worth it? Reverse Wine Snob review of NakedWines.com! How it works, the best wines and tips to get your money's worth and why it might not be for you. Plus a special $100 discount for new sign-ups. Read on for our Complete Guide to Naked Wines
The Naked Wines business model is quite a unique one. As you may know, much of the cost of a bottle of wine is added on after leaving the winery. The actual cost of the wine itself is usually 10% or less of the retail price for imported wines and slightly higher for domestic, with the outdated three-tier system driving up the price dramatically (and driving money into the pockets of distributors).
Naked Wines circumvents this system by funding wineries and winemakers directly through investments from their "Angels" -- customers who put $40 into their accounts each month to be used by these winemakers to create wines exclusively for NakedWines.com. Angels also get to spend all of the money they invest, and do so with seemingly deep discounts thanks to the elimination of middlemen and expensive marketing. (Alternatively, Angels can also get a full refund if they so desire.)
We do think it's only fair to point out here that almost no one pays the regular price that the discounts are calculated off - either because they are an Angel or because they are using a $100 coupon like this one. This means the "discount" you are receiving is an artificial one.
At times there is a waiting list to become a Naked Wines Angel - this is one way they manage capacity to ensure that there is a sufficient supply of wine to meet demand.
The good news is that you do not need to be an Angel to order. While you won't get to buy at the discounted Angel prices, thanks to the aforementioned $100 voucher, you can actually get an even better deal. Just put $160 of wine in your cart and you'll receive a $100 discount on your order.
This is only good for new sign-ups but that is based on your email address, so if you've ordered in the past and want to try it again just make sure to use a different email.
We do have some concerns about the diversity of wine offered and one of the major drawbacks is that popular wines can get bought up quickly. Our advice is to snap these up as soon as they become available. You can use the list below to help find our favorites.
One other note - for some of the wines the winemakers themselves interact directly with members in the comment section of each product page which is a pretty cool feature.
Lastly, if you haven't purchased wine through the mail previously you may also want to check out our post on How To Buy Wine Online for some helpful tips and tricks.
In addition, we encourage you to check out our very own Insider Deals - winery direct deals from small, highly acclaimed wineries at massive discounts just for readers of Reverse Wine Snob! The best part is that no membership is required.
Read On For The Best Wines At Naked Wines!
Matt Parish Montierrasant Garnacha - Smashing Stuff
One for the Spanish Garnacha lovers from NakedWines.com, the Matt Parish Montierrasant Garnacha. Garnacha from 35 year old vines plus a small amount of Carignane from Montsant, Catalonia, Spain. … [Read more...]
DRG Daryl Rex Groom Sauvignon Blanc – Limetastic
A refreshing find from the Adelaide Hills in Australia, the NakedWines.com DRG Daryl Rex Groom Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc from Adelaide Hills, Australia. … [Read more...]
Scott Kelley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir - Delicately Delicious
A well-balanced, complex and delicately delicious wine from NakedWines.com, the Scott Kelley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir from dry farmed vineyards in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. The wine is fermented in a combination of cement and oak. … [Read more...]
Matt Parish Napa Rose of Pinot Noir - Fresh and Fantastic Dry Rosé
Our next nakedwines.com pick is an ultra-refreshing find from Carneros, Napa Valley. The Matt Parish Napa Rosé of Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir rosé from 20-30 year old vines in Carneros, Napa Valley, California. … [Read more...]
Camille Benitah Terre de Feu Cabernet Sauvignon - Beautifully Balanced
Another fantastic find from NakedWines.com, the Camille Benitah Terre de Feu Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards near the dormant Mount Konocti volcano (I'm assuming that's where the Terre de Feu "Land of Fire" name comes from) in Lake County, … [Read more...]
Benjamin Darnault Picpoul de Pinet - An Easy Quaffer from Naked Wines
Another little known variety that brings big value, the Benjamin Darnault Picpoul de Pinet Dry. Picpoul (pronounced "Peek-pool") from Languedoc, France. The wine does not spend time in oak and is vegan-friendly. The name Picpoul literally translates as "stings the lips" … [Read more...]
Stefano di Blasi & Federico Cerelli Chianti Classico - Magnifico
Naked Wines spreads its Angel wings. Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy. … [Read more...]
Matt Parish Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Value From The Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California. SRP of $35 and available to Naked Wines Angels for as low as $16.49. New sign-ups get $100 in free wine using the coupon below. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: "As your chief winemaker at NakedWines.com, every … [Read more...]
The Sauvignon Blanc of Summer - Four Fine Finds
From Naked Wines. Find all of our NakedWines.com recommendations here and all of our Wine Club Reviews here! Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular white varieties and accordingly is found in vineyards in many different countries. Originally from Western France, … [Read more...]
Barolo on the Down Low - Two Tastes of Barolo on the Cheap
Ahh, Barolo. Perhaps the most renowned of the renowned Italian wines. Made mostly from Nebbiolo in Piedmont, it's not that often that we find revered wines like this in our price range. In fact, it's so rare to find wines like Barolo, Brunello or Amarone under $20 that when we do … [Read more...]
Jim Olsen and Tom Shula Pickberry Merlot - Succulent Stuff!
100% Merlot from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma County, California. SRP of $35 and available to Naked Wines Angels for as low as $16. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: "Pickberry Vineyard is nestled on benchland on the slope of Sonoma Mountain. It has been a famous and … [Read more...]
Lestonnat Bordeaux Superieur - Bargain Bordeaux
Find all of our NakedWines.com recommendations here and all of our Wine Club Reviews here! 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux Superieur, Bordeaux, France. SRP of $30.99 and available to Naked Wines Angels for $13.99 or to new sign-ups for as low as $6.49 a … [Read more...]
F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Zinfandel - Another Classic Lodi Zin
Find all of our NakedWines.com recommendations here! Zinfandel from Lodi, California. SRP of $20 and available to NakedWines.com Angels for as low as $12. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: "Dear Angels, I have been lucky enough to be the head of … [Read more...]
Coloma Meatgrinder Syrah - A Dandy From El Dorado
Find all of our Naked Wines recommendations here! 100% Syrah from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California. SRP of $28 and available to NakedWines.com Angels for as low as $16. Better yet, new Naked Wines customers and readers of The Reverse Wine Snob can use the $100 … [Read more...]
A Ridiculously Good Deal On A Ridiculously Good Wine - Bonny Doon Vineyard GSM
Check out our Complete Guide to NakedWines.com for our updated review, recommendations and tips to save even more! 64% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 16% Mourvèdre from Central Coast, California. SRP of $17.99 and available to NakedWines.com Angels for $10.49. Even … [Read more...]
JC Van Staden Petite Sirah - Value, Value, Value
Find all of our NakedWines.com recommendations here! Petite Sirah from Lodi, California. SRP of $26 and available to NakedWines.com Angels for as low as $12. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: "NakedWines.com Angels give "to put your money where your mouth is" … [Read more...]
Arabella Shiraz - An Easy Keeper
Find all of our NakedWines.com recommendations here! Shiraz from Western Cape, South Africa. SRP of $27 and available to NakedWines.com Angels for as low as $10. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: "Arabella takes its name from the beautiful Arabian horses … [Read more...]
Jacqueline Bahue Cabernet Franc - Another Reason To Get Naked
Find all of our NakedWines.com recommendations here! Cabernet Franc from Lodi, California. SRP of $15 and available to NakedWines.com Angels for as low as $9. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: "Thank you, Angels. I couldn't have made this wine without … [Read more...]
Montaria - Exceedingly Drinkable
BULK BUY! Find all of our NakedWines.com recommendations here! 40% Alicante Bouschet, 30% Aragonez and 30% Trincadeira from Portugal. SRP of $15 and available to NakedWines.com Angels for as low as $8. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: "Grapes: 40% … [Read more...]
Jim Olsen Fair Angel - Fairly Delicious
Includes an explanation of the Naked Wines model and Angel pricing. Find all of our NakedWines.com recommendations here! 50% Zinfandel from Lodi, 30% Syrah from the Sierra Foothills and 20% Carignane from Lodi, California. SRP of $25 and available for as low as $10. … [Read more...]
Castillo Catadau Gran Reserva Tempranillo - A Tempting Tempranillo
Find all of our NakedWines.com recommendations here! 100% Tempranillo from Valencia, Spain. Available for $12 at NakedWines.com. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: "Castillo Catadau 2005 displays fruit aromas from its selected ripe Tempranillo grapes. The … [Read more...]