Monday, February 8, 2016

REVIEW: Wine Anyone? Naked Winery's Outdoor Vino- Ultralight Wine for Backcountry Adventures

Did you ever wish you could take a nice bottle of wine with you on a hike? If you've ever tried to make that happen you know there are problems involved. The bottle is heavy in your pack. It's glass, so you have to be careful it doesn't break and you have to haul the empty back out. Really not worth the trouble.
Sure, you can always open a bottle beforehand, pour some into a lightweight container, and carry it that way. But it's just not the same and the wine loses some of its flavor along the way.....

Oregon-based Naked Winery has set out to resolve these problems with their new line of wines which they call "Outdoor Vino." Outdoor Vino is bottled in BPA-free, recyclable and resealable plastic wine bottles. 

Although the Outdoor Vino bottles look smaller than traditional glass wine bottles, according to Naked Winery, they actually hold the same amount of wine. Flavors include Rambling Red, Sundress Sweet, Picnic Table Pink and Wanderlust White. 

Check out Naked Winery's promo video, where they intentionally throw an Outdoor Vino wine bottle on their floor to demonstrate its ability to resist breakage (click screenshot to see video):

The flavor we reviewed was "Wanderlust White," which Naked Winery says "bursts in your mouth like a summer fruit salad and leaves a honeysuckle tingle on your tongue." 

I am definitely not a wine connoisseur, but I can vouch that this is a pretty apt description. Wanderlust White had a taste that was indeed fresh and fruity, with a pleasant sweetness that was not overbearing. A lady friend who hiked out with me also drank a glass, and she agreed with my description. Both of us really enjoyed the wine and it helped to make our hiking trip even better.

The verdict? I really like the idea of Outdoor Vino. At $18 a bottle, the price is definitely reasonable. The light weight allows for it to be carried without breaking your back. This would come in especially handy if you wanted sneak a few bottles of it into your pack and surprise your friends at the next backwoods campfire get-together.

All in all, a great wine option for those who venture into the backcountry on foot and want to jazz up their adventures with a little wine.

5 out of 5 Stars (Highly recommended)

To purchase Outdoor Vino or for more information, visit Naked Winery at:

About the author
Jason Schwartz is the founder and senior editor of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. He is a former Red Cross certified Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, and has taught bushcraft and wilderness survival techniques to the Boy Scouts of America, interned with the US Forest Service, and studied wilderness survival, forestry and wildland firefighting at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. Jason has also written for the The New Pioneer and Backpacker, including writing the "Tinder Finder" portion of Backpacker's "Complete Guide to Fire," which won a 2015 National Magazine Award (NMA). Email him at rockymountainbushcraft @ (without spaces)

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