NakedWines.com is a way for wine drinkers to get in touch with winemakers. You can buy wine from them like any other wine company, or you can get an even richer experience by becoming a Naked Angel and directly supporting independent winemakers. Angels deposit $40 a month in their NakedWines.com accounts as a prepayment for wine, and those deposits allow NakedWines.com to invest in talented winemakers. There are over 250,000 Angels around the world funding this completely new way to make and enjoy fine wine.
Benoit Vialle runs the US branch of NakedWines.com, but he's more likely to describe himself as our most ardent Angel than as a chief executive of the company. His unending enthusiasm is only paralleled by his tech savvy which he honed in years of work at Microsoft and smaller startups like VentePrivee.
Ryan O'Connell started making wine in the south of France when he was just 19 and within a few years, his family turned to crowd-funding to save their vineyard and make the business sustainable. With some very flattering awards and accolades for winemaking and wine writing under his belt, Ryan now works at NakedWines.com USA where he helps recruit new winemakers and wine drinkers by sharing stories about the wines with the whole community.