a Naked tour

7 Sep

extraordinary-naked-people-metamorphoses25 from Haokuhu (from '4Shared')

Time for a bit of a plug.  Mmn, maybe not the right word here(!)- time for a little update on a little adventure Benji and I enjoyed this Summer…

We hit the road and joined the Naked Wines Tasting Tour of the UK.

But sorry to disappoint, no further naked bodies to follow – we didn’t get down and dirty with grapes and wine – but some pics of the many wonderful people we met and re-met and chinked glasses with, from all corners of the wine-making world, as we travelled the countryside in a tour bus driven by the lovely Bob, in late June, to show our wares.

the bus in Cardiff

our bus parked out the front of Cardiff City Hall

in the bus!

on the road

the Naked Tour

a bit of spilt red…

Norwich, Cambridge, London, Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham – nearly each stop on the 2012 tour (Benji and I could only make half of it) was sold-out and each tasting event held in a beautiful venue of each town.  It’s an impressive sight seeing the doors open to hundreds of wine enthusiasts ready, with ther glasses poised, to try over 140 wines!

glasses to go

glasses to go

tasting in Manchester

tasting in Manchester

tasting Manchester

France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Germany, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand, the U.S. and bien sur, Australia! – these are the countries that the winemakers selling their wines with Naked Wines hail from and what a bunch a great people they are!

It was brilliant to finally meet all the people behind the names I’ve only, until now, seen and admired from the website – and get to try their wines for the first time and to enjoy some time talking on the bus, over a breakfast table, behind a tasting table, over a take-away pizza, watching the Australian cricket warming-up in the nets at Lord’s, on a walk trying to find the nearest public loo, disco-ing on a dancefloor until the early hours…  You know, quality times like that.  It’s not often I get out of my hamlet and get to bond with people from all over the world in such a short time, having so much fun!

And then of course, there were the tasters!  A thriving mass of curious, enthusiastic, incredibly friendly people who came out to our tastings and worked their way through the hundreds of bottles.  Benji and I loved the atmosphere of each tasting and picked up good feedback, first-hand, on his wines.  It was hard not to soak up the fun – obligatory tasting required for quality checks.  And then there were all those wines from everyone else that we hadn’t even tried yet….

All in all a great tour and LOTS of fun.  I kinda like being the Vigneron’s helper.

Ryan does London

Ryan does London

Naked people

what a lovely bunch

the dudes outside at Lord's

out the back at Lord’s

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a UK tour

some of the wines on show

just some of the wines on show…

And after every good wine tasting, there comes a delicious all five food groups breakfast…

next morning's helpers

…next morning’s helpers: pain killers in a vending machine and a full English breakfast – the lady serving our breakfast in Southampton spied my Vegemite and plonked a whopping jar of Marmite on the table – she insisited I eat ‘their’ stuff while in their country

And they all (well, apart from the couple we saw having a tiff under the tree in Cardiff) went home happy.

going home

going home

12 Responses to “a Naked tour”

  1. phipster1 September 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    That’s a great photo of Benjamin…..

  2. Jenny September 7, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    Brilliant we enjoy the tours also it’s such a treat to meet the makers of the wine we all love to drink

  3. John Neill September 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Hi Kat,
    We enjoyed meeting you in Southampton. Your wine is still our favourite, but we argue amongst ourselves which we like the most! My favourite is St Chinian!

    • The vigneron's wife September 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

      Mine too! (re the St Chin)
      – and thanks for your vote for the wines!

  4. DavidT September 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    How could you? Vegimite in England, lucky you weren’t locked in the Tower of London! Seriously it was great to meet the two of you at Lords.

    • The vigneron's wife September 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

      She wasn’t too impressed, I’m telling you!
      Lord’s was a mammoth one!

  5. Barry Wright September 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Brilliant as usual Kat…, love the pics of course!

    As NW seem to have lost their mascot (sad face), I am seriously thinking of volunteering to replace the little monkey as that way I would get to do some monkey’ish things like meet ALL of the winemaker’s on tour rather than just some, help with setting up and setting down, and really just eat and drink – in the ambience of the Naked Wine camaraderie…

    Regardless, would you and Benji please try and make Norwich next time!

    • The vigneron's wife September 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      Thanks for the thumbs up Barry!
      Intersting concept, you as knitted mascot, but I think you’d get sick of all the paparazzi!
      Yes, it would be great to get to Norwich sometime and finally meet you.

  6. Ben September 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Great article Kat, and a great event too!

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