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Thank you from the world’s most grateful winemakers

Happy Thanksgiving from all the Angel-funded winemakers. Messages of gratitude and appreciation from all of us.

Happy Thanksgiving! The Angel-funded winemakers are very very grateful for all the amazing support they’ve received this year.

Instead of doing a big Black Friday promo plan and bombarding customers with sales offers, we wanted to let our supporters know how much we appreciate everything they do for us.

The world’s most grateful winemakers

And a few written messages:


Daryl Groom:

Being an expat living in country where we don’t have relatives my family and I gather all the people we can in our area in that are in a similar situation to ours. We host 50 people at our home. Australians, Americans, Bulgarians, Algerians and yes even New Zealanders!

As I reflect on what I am most thankful for number one is my family’s health. In the past years we have lost loved ones and seen friends and families lives turned upside down from illness and disease.

Directly connected to I am thankful for the Angels that fund us winemakers. Thanks to Naked Angels, I get to follow my passion of making wine, but I get to do it mostly in the days and hours I choose. This always allows me the flexibility to be with my family and friends in time of need and for those precious moments that my previous corporate winemaking days would not allow. I love and feel blessed with everything presently in my life.

sara-ana-squareSarah Wuethrich & Ana Diogo:

What are we most thankful for?
Friendship, family, and the freedom to make wines for Angels like you!

A sincere thanks for the support you’ve given us- we hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

ken-deis-squareKen Deis:

Hi, it’s Ken Deis. I am thankful for my wife, family and friends, their love and support. Thanks to all of the Angels for their support of my wines and the wines of all of the other winemakers. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

That wish is for you and all of the staff at, too. Cheers!

macario-montoya-squareMacario Montoya:

Good afternoon Angels, I just wanted to thank you all so much for the opportunity to make the wines of my dreams. I’m draining my last tank of Cabernet 2015 which is destined for El Mechon and I cannot wait to share it with you all. Thanks for all your help and giving me the inspiration to go further in wine.

stephen-millier-squareSteve Millier:

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who help me make my wines possible: My loving and supportive wife and family. My cellar crew – they do a fantastic job. And you, the Angels who help me make my dreams possible. Thank you.

I’d also like to take this moment to thank all the firefighters who travelled to Calaveras County to put out the Butte fire and made us all safe and secure. Thanks again.

jac-cole-squareJac Cole:

First let me say that I have a great deal to be thankful for and I that am truly blessed, and a good part of that blessing is the support I have received from all the Angels and Archangels in my two years making wine for NakedWines. So thanks to each and everyone of you and have rich and rewarding Thanksgiving!

timothy-olson-squareTim Olson:

Hi Angels, Timothy Olson here. I wanted to take a moment to say how thankful I am for our Angels and Archangels. Without your support we couldn’t do what we do. We’ve just finished an amazing harvest here in Sonoma. You may have heard the crop but was bit short and it’s true but Mother Nature made up for it by giving us grapes full of flavor, concentration and complexity. We look forward to getting these great wines out to you next year. Thanks for all your support and have a wonderful holiday season.

Leigh Meyering:

leigh-meyering-thankfulI have so much to be thankful for this year.  First and foremost I’m thankful for being blessed with wonderful family and friends.

I’m also ever thankful for a successful business and the opportunity to make wine for our Angels year after year.

This year I’m also thankful for Mccloud, our new Guide Dog puppy.

ernie-weir-squareErnie Weir:

At this time of Thanksgiving, we are thankful to be alive and living in our beautiful Napa Valley. We are saddened by recent events and pray for a more tolerant and peaceful year ahead.

Best wishes to all for the holiday season.

steve-rasmussen-squareSteve Rasmussen:

Hi it’s Steve Rasmussen from Paso Robles California. I’m very thankful for all of the fantastic feedback and encouragement that I’ve received from the Angels this past year. In all of my years as a winemaker I have never had such an intimate relationship with the consumer of my wines. I think it is great and it helps me refine my style and make better wines.

Thank you Angels. I hope you all enjoy the holidays and I look forward to hearing from you on how our wines go with your meals.

sofia jarvis photoSofia Jarvis:

Jeff Jarvis & Jessica Tomei sent in their daughter’s beautiful thank you message. A hand-written note and a thanksgiving Hand Tree, a gorgeous reminder of the amazing help Angels gave Sofia and her family earlier this year.

And thanks from me!!

Thank you for you all your support – since the time Angels saved my family’s vineyard all the way through the support you’ve given us to help nurture and grow this business. This amazing community couldn’t exist without you. And thanks for reading this blog! 🙂

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Please tell us what you’re grateful for in the comments! And click on the star to show you like what others are grateful for.

52 replies on “Thank you from the world’s most grateful winemakers”

I am very grateful for Good Health, an amazing job full of amazing co workers, a roof over my head, car to get me to work and God in my life on a daily basis and that I will be expecting my First Grandchild in May…. Happy Thanksgiving every body…… Count your Blessings……

Thank you for sharing Ryan! This year I am greatly thankful for my amazing family, friends and family. I am so grateful for all our Angels, Winemakers and Coworkers who make coming to work everyday a pleasure. Thank you everyone for making my life better every day! <3

I’m so thankful to have had a crazy year full of new challenges and opportunities, for the health and wellbeing of my family and to have already enjoyed a wonderful 34-person (early) Thanksgiving with them! I’m also thankful to be surrounded by awesome friends and coworkers who inspire me every day and to have been able to spend more time pursuing my own passions this year – mainly making lots more music :-).

Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving, and a joy filled holiday season!!

I’m so thankful for my family for always being there for me in my time of need, specially my amazing sister! Also I’m thankful for being able to come to work everyday to my Amazing work family who always keep me smiling!

I’m thankfull for the amazing team we have, that have welcomed me and made my stays in Napa so good. I’m thankful that we have a chance to change the world for the better and get to wake every day knowing we have a shot at it.
Most of all, I am thankful for Peta (my wfie), Jayke and Tye (my sons) who are the biggest blessing of all

So grateful for this amazing job, my wonderful co-workers, wine makers and good health. Love my family!

This year, I am most thankful for this place. After all the job hunting I did at the beginning of the year I almost can’t believe I was lucky enough to stumble upon and CHT. I feel like this company was created for people like me who were desperately looking for a place where hard work is rewarded. It’s so refreshing and I look forward to seeing what the next year brings us!

I am sooooo very thankful this year for the amazing group of people I work with that I can consider my extended FAM 🙂

I’m thankful for all of the opportunities I’ve been blessed with at I love the company, culture and my Naked Family; I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season.


I am thankful for so much this year. I am thankful that I have an awesome job with amazing co-workers who have become like family. I am thankful for my family, this year especially thankful for my son. Happy Thanksgiving!!

I am so very thankful for this wonderful group of co-workers, winemakers, and angels who we call I am thankful (and proud) to be part of an organization that holds onto a strong set of core values, yielding a familial community and delicious wine 🙂 I am also thankful for my wonderful family – my parents, brother (and talented winemaker) Matt Crafton, and baby sister Alexandra. Happy Thanksgiving!

First of all, I’m grateful to God for the graces I receive every day, and while broadcasting my entire ‘grateful’ list could bring down the Internet, I want to give a special thanks to the ancients who discovered what fermentation could do to grapes—as they say, the rest is history 🙂

Happy holidays to the NakedWines staff, vintners, and angels, and to all their families.

I am thankful for my husband of 15 years, my parents who are still happily married after 55 years, my 4 sisters and 2 brothers who are all still alive and doing well. I am thankful for my best friend Sam. I am thankful for my own health and life and those that surround me with love.

Of course I’m so thankful for my healthy happy family, and since I’m in my 70s, I’m blessed to be in excellent health and active. I’m thankful I found such great wines when I found and joined Naked wines. I appreciate all the work the wine maker do to bring me these great wines. I have introduced many people to your wonderful wines. Thank you and keep them coming.
Angel Sherry Hari

Just so you know, I am drinking one of the fabulous white wines from my last order and I am Naked while I am doing that.

I am ever so thankful for the wonderful wine these vintners produce for us at Naked Wines, but even more important to me is that I can, in my small way, help someone’s dreams come true.


I just joined the Naked Wines family and I can truly say that I am so thankful to be part of an organization that stands behind and lives up to its mission. The people I work with are smart, passionate, and most importantly fun! Around this time, I also like to give thanks to my amazing friends, both new and old, who make every year better than the last. Cheers!

Great job Winemakers! I drink your stuff all the time.
In fact, I am enjoying one of your delicious breakfast wines right now!

I am thankful that I found this website and have the opportunity to contribute to their growth. I haven’t had a bad wine. I appreciate the hard work the winemaker do to make the great wine.My family and friends look forward in having the Angel wine. Keep them coming! Happy Thanksgiving!

I feel truly blessed to be able to support the Naked Wines project as an Angel, and receive such fabulous wins in return. It is a truly a win-win for all of us. The wines are great, the service is great, and getting to know and appreciate the winemakers is a huge added bonus. Even from out here in Virginia, the winemakers feel like neighbors. I am at the point now where the wine selection process begins with the winemakers names, and then the wine. That is not something I can do anywhere else. Thanks to all of you, and the other Angels, too, who make all this possible.

I have not a bad wine from Naked Wines. not so when I bought from the local stores!! You folks are craftsmen and your dedication to your craft shows. I am grateful that I get to participate in this endeavor. That you are appreciative of US- just makes it a better deal each time we enjoy the fruits of your labors.
Bless you, one and all!

I am so thankful for my and my family’s good health and this beautiful life. And I am thankful for all of my good friends, including the amazing angels who have welcomed me, the wonderful NW staff, the amazingly warm and talented winemakers, and that I get to be a part of such a wonderful organization!

I am thankful for my family and friends, my wonderful job, and my health. I am also thankful that I found Naked Wines! I have enjoyed them, some more than others, but I haven’t found anything I have hated! So, thank you winemakers for everything you do!

Not sure if Tim Olsen is the maker of Jim Olsen Red but about the best light red ever. Thanks for a super job and will add this to my order every month. Warren

I’m thankful for life, my family, my friends, and for all of the artists around the world who channel their talents into beauty in all forms. I’m thankful that promotes some of these artists and gives us the opportunity to encourage individuals instead of supporting corporations!

I am thankful for blessings too numerous to mention, but topped by our good health and faith in a Divine plan.

We were fortunate, through rather an unusual route, to have fallen into the lap of Naked Wines. Finally, I am in love with Jim Olsen!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our winemakers, NW staff, and Angels/AAs/AIWs…
I am grateful for good health, my family and friends. Friends I’ve known for over 60 years, friends I’ve met in the past few years, and my online friends here at NW.
Peace and gratitude…

Thankful beyond words…. but here goes, anyway. Thank you to the winemakers for bringing their expertise and passion to my table, and for the NakedWines vision. So thankful for my family and friends, and for the blessing of celebrating my 50th birthday this year!

i’m grateful to have beautiful wine in my home to drink every single night. it’s so much better than dining out! what a gift! thanks to all who make this possible! happy thanksgiving

I am thankful to have been born when I was born and have had the chance to enjoy the freedoms we are afforded by those who serve in The Military worldwide. I raise my glass in their honor and toast all the Winemakers with Naked Wines and their wonderful Wines. I also Toast Mr Rowan for making it all happen. Happy Thanksgiving!

So far, we have been very pleased with this process. We have enjoyed virtually all the items we have received and look forward to trying new ones in the coming years. Thank You for all the efforts in bringing this opportunity to our home.

I am gratefull to be a new member of this. Amazing community!
The mission of Naked Wines really speaks to my sensibility of. How life should be lived.
I really appreciate hearing the stories of the wine makers and what they go through to
Get the best product to us while living a meaningfull life at home.
I look forward to more tasty deliveries in the new year!

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

I am so thankful for a day off! I work in a school and on weekends (and Thanksgiving) at a women’s shelter, but today is my day! I waited til the clock made it’s way to noon-0-one and broke out the good cheeses and the NakedWine(s). I am grateful for being able to do all the chores I am catching up on, my cats who leave fur on the newly dried sheets (why waste good fur on dirty ones?) and my family near and far. Laundry never drank so well! It’s the little things in life, isn’t it?

Im grateful for drinking good wine while cooking good food for great people. I ordered a case of holiday wine this morning and took time to read about more winemakers. It makes me feel good to be an angel, and great to hear the thankful words from all the winemakers. Thanks for reaching out and sharing.

This was a good year in many respects not least by becoming part of the most positive and mindful collection of wine makers, lovers and dreamers. I used to be a very involved wine drinker who visited wineries in France, South Africa and the USA regularly. A few decades back I ran out of time for all my activities and wines took a lesser role. Naked Wine has reversed that this year and added a depth and lustre to my enjoyment of wine beyond previous experience. Thank you to Rowan and your amazing staff, a huge than you to the incredible wine makers whose artistry now entertains me with their glorious wines, their personal stories and their accessibility.
A glass of fine wine is a great companion to mindful life!

Peg and I would like to take this Thanksgiving holiday to thank and toast all of those who serve to protect this great country. We would also like to thank all of our friends at Naked Angels who make toasting one of life’s pleasures. Happy Thanksgiving

Good wine, Good People, Good to give Thanks to you all especially and to our Good Lord who shines the sun on all your grapes and all of you!

Tomorrow my wife, Daughter and 13 relatives from my wife’s side of the family will give thanks together at our Thanksgiving meal…only Angle wines from great wines makers will be served…we are all very blessed that we have the freedom to celebrate in this rather troubled world…

I am grateful for so many things that space does not allow recognition. In context, I am grateful for good wine, good friends, family and especially the comradeship that Naked Wines brings to it’s host of angels and winemakers. This is a special bond that transcends a mere Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for God and family and for all of the people that so graciously enrich my life. Naked Wines, and all the winemakers, staff and angels, have added a whole new dimension to that enrichment. Thank you all, and I pray that each of you have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.

You have heard the saying “Happy wife – happy life”. Always wanted to add to that I as the husband love my wife and thank God for bringing her into my “life”. I have been a member of at least a half a dozen wine clubs but Naked Wines exceeds them all in so many ways. Have not been a member too long but all wines received have been excellent – looking forward to the next shipment. Love Thanksgiving and the great support and communications Naked Wines provide to its Angels. Wishing the best to all everywhere.

I’m thankful for my family, good health and seeing the good in people. This year I retired, so I have time now to try new and exciting recipes and experiment pairing my results with the wonderful wines from Naked Wines. I’m so thankful and lucky to be able to travel, play and start checking off my “bucket list” with my husband and family. Happy Holidays to all!

Thank you ALL…Merci beaucoup for ALL you nice peoples in the nakedwines group and concept
this is a very ” RAFRAICHING ” idea for this restaurant and wine guy like me !
My monthly donation,,,actually gives me the great ” plaisir ” of discovering new wines and winemakers.

In vino veritas,
Jean-Pierre Huser

Attn: Victoria Marfleet,
I’ve received and ready every reminder you
have sent and I do appreciate your correspondence
I received your promotional card after we moved
To our new house September 2015. So I responded
Received my shipment. I’m not a big wine
drinker. When I do drink wine I want the
Wine to be sweet…
I’ve not placed a order for this reason.
I would be very interested in a nice sweet wine
but don’t have a clue what that would be
or where to start. I don’t know if you ever
send just one or two bottles?
Please let me know.
Thank you for your continued updates and

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