He trawled around California for the rarest wines - and delivered them to Angels with glee
Years Angel-funded: 2012-18
- Jim didn't just study wine at the University of California, he taught about it for 30 years.
- Before Naked, he worked mainstream jobs like La Crema and held quirkier side gigs - like growing Portuguese grapes in Californian soil.
- Jim spent decades in California cellars. At Naked, he found the most surprising deals for Angels - delighting you with Winemaker Fantasy wines (like White Barbera!) as a true champion of the rare varieties and vineyards in the state.
Jim Olsen's Story
Jim Olsen's Story
"I don't like the notion of status, prestige, or exclusivity that permeates many wine publications and promotions. I don't think a bottle of wine is a trophy.
It's great to know where wine is made, from which grapes, and how its made. But it really comes down to this: does it taste good? does it give pleasure as you drink it, preferably with nice food and the lively conversation of companions?
My winemaking philosophy is guided by those principles. I like to harvest when the grapes are ripe, taste good (I eat a lot of grapes!), and the flavors and structure are in balance. With a good start, those properly harvested grapes are on their way, and I mostly stay out of the way as the wine ages in barrel or tank.
After that, the hard part is selling it.
This is where the wonderful assistance that the Angels comes in, allowing winemakers to do what they are good at. Nakedwines.com contacted me (I hadn't heard of them), we met soon after, and I felt at home in a group of professionals (kindred spirits, really) with whom I could honestly share my feelings, and who wished to assist me to realize my goals. I was floored!
I live in Missoula, Montana where I am a retired lawyer/Insurance Company CEO. I love the Naked Wine concept and the camaraderie of the host of angels and angelic winemakers I am getting to know. Good wine, great price and good friends, what more could I ask. I see NakedWines as a supersocial network with benefits;
Sweet to semi-dry wine lover. Loving my wine tasting journey. I enjoy trying many different wines and NW has helped me to evolve my taste in wines so that I now enjoy many more varieties.
Wine has become a hobby for me. I enjoy trying new wines and am constantly learning. A perfect night for me is sitting home with family, enjoying a nice dinner, a game of cards, and few bottles of good wine!
It's amazing how your tastebuds mature! I've gone from Boone's Farm to the best there is here at Naked Wines - all in less than 5 decades! During that time period, I've been a professional rider & trainer, an English/Social Studies teacher, a travel agent, a coordinator for a national business barter organization, a support staff and a trainer for a NYS government agency - and the owner of an equine video & photo company. I've lived/worked in NY, KY, TX, SC, OR - and back to NY. I've also started two groups: 1. Northeast State of Wine, so we in this area can share the fun! Please come join in - our wineries create deliciousness from grapes, apples, pears, berries...you name it! - and 2. Sharing Made Easy - LINKS.. - where wine-related info, either links or copied & pasted info (with credit, if appropriate) can be shared. This is to help others find info that is frequently discussed - until our techies (or NW corp) set up an efficient Search feature. No comments - just links/info.