Little Classy, Little Sassy with Naked Winemaker Alaina
first published May 29, 2019
Each quarter, we put on our thinking caps and develop a wine that we think our club members will enjoy. Sometimes those special wines are romantically themed. Sometimes they're just fun. So this quarter, we decided to create a wine that pays homage to Alaina Waller, our female winemaker and tada! A little Sassy, A little Classy was born!
Tell us, what inspired you to create A Little Classy, A Little Sassy?
So Classy, Sassy is a blend I've been wanting to make for a long time. Right after I graduated from college, that summer I went to California for my first job at Gallo. On the weekends we would go out and do Napa tours at Gallo-owned wineries. In Santalina, there is a winery called Louis Martini, and they make a wine called Mountain Red. Mountain Red is the harvest from their Monte Rosso vineyard. So you climb up this big water tower and you look out and you see the Monte Rosso vineyard with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Mountain Red has been my favorite blend for a long time. I buy it every time I go down to Napa, and I hoard it away and don't share it, but it is a blend of what they have grown on that vineyard for close to 100 years now - Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Syrah. And I tried to mimic the blend of Mountain Red, right down to the percentages of each of those.. So Classy, Sassy is based off of that wine.
What is it that you love so much about the Mountain Red?
I would have never thought of taking Zinfandel - a super fruity, spicy red wine and putting Syrah as the backbone to that. Which brings out some spiciness and still fruity and then Petite Syrah, just a little bit for the tannins, and some savory qualities to it. It is nothing that I would have thought of on my own, and I love the complexity of the blend.
What is the blend?
60% Zinfandel, 31% Syrah, 9% Petite Syrah
If you know Alaina, you know she loves Mexican food of all kinds, especially Taco Bell. What do you pair this wine with off the Taco Bell menu?
Well, if I'm feeling Sassy, I'd go spicy potato soft taco, a double-decker taco and rolled chicken tacos with nacho cheese.
And when you're feeling Classy?
If I'm feeling classy, I go for grilled lamb lollipops from The Wine Cellar in Los Gatos.
Well, let's play a fun game of Classy, Sassy then! I'll give you some questions and you have to answer with a Classy and a Sassy response. Ok! What music would you listen to while eating Taco Bell and drinking Classy, Sassy?
Ariana Grande's Seven Rings. Or if I'm feeling classy, definitely Chopin's Nocturne in C Sharp Minor.
What about your dream destinations?
Classy - in Singapore, 55 stories high at Marina Bay Sands. Yes, I love the movie Crazy Rich Asians. Or my dream Sassy spot? Anywhere I can gamble on things moving quickly. Like fast cars, fast horses. That kind of thing.
What are your Sassy shoes, and what are your Classy shoes?
Sassy? My Air Force Ones for sure. Classy shoes? Hmmmm.... Well, I do have some blue suede heels....that I don't really wear that much.
Ok, last question. Who is your celebrity crush? Sassy first, then Classy.
Well, I do like Chris Pine! So my Sassy Chris Pine crush would be him as Captain Kirk in Star Trek. My Classy Chris Pine crush would be him as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman.
There you have it! A little classy, a little sassy with Naked winemaker Alaina!
The Naked Winery Team