The NakedWines.com Wine Tasting Tour kicked off yesterday in Sacramento. It was the first day of our first ever US tour. And boy did it feel good!
What is the tasting tour?
For the tasting tour, we bring all of our winemakers onto a big bus and drive around California doing a huge wine tasting every night. But calling it a tasting doesn’t do it justice. The vibe feels much more like a debaucherous cocktail party at your friend’s house.
Everybody is tasting wines from all over California and all around the world. There are a dozen different exotic accents floating about the room as people chatter away with winemakers who are a little jetlagged and very ready to sip alongside you.
Why does it matter?
And there’s a real engagement between winemakers, Angels, and newbies. This is a moment that makes it very real. As winemakers, we know our wines keep selling out, and we get a steady flow of reviews from the Angels who fund our wines. But it’s on a whole new level when somebody walks up to you and flips out “OOOH! O’M G! We love this one! YOU MAKE IT?” haha, it’s a bit rock n roll.
What was special about Day 1?
This is the first ever US Tour. NakedWines.com started in the UK (where it’s just called Naked Wines). Over there, the business is over 5 years old and has done 3 major tours (it’s now a 10 city tour!) where the venues fill with literally hundreds of Angels every night and some venues have several hundred attendees in a single evening. In short, it’s an established business and we know that people love us.
Now that we’ve done a day of tour out here in Sac, we know that the same is true in the USA. Angels really love the business that we’re building together. It’s very very exciting!
Here we are, with 30 winemakers wandering around California with 90+ wines that wouldn’t exist without Angel funding. Winemakers are sneaking tank samples out from under their table and pouring cheeky little tastes of their upcoming wines with a look of glee in their eyes. Angels are giddy like school children meeting their rock star winemakers. It’s all very emotional.
And I’m so proud to be here. Thank you for making my life so magical!
More tour updates to come. Still a chance to buy tickets to the other cities (except SF and LA which are sold out)