Introducing Nectar Tasting Room

Four years ago I told my wife, “I want to open a wine and coffee bar,” a combination of retail wine, wine by the glass, and Starbucks. Money in the morning, money in the evening, a business model that combines the two things I love! While not quite that exact same vision, today marks the biggest announcement and biggest adventure I’ve embarked on.

Last year, I started this blog with the intention of reaching out to wine lovers in the Spokane area for an eventual business opening. I distinctly remember saying, “If I can open a business in a few years with 200-300 people that know who I am, I’ll be way better off than the guy starting from scratch.” Over the last 11 months, I’ve been blown away by the amazing local and national support of DrinkNectar.com. It is because of you, that I am excited to announce the next steps.

 

In November, Nectar Tasting Room will open in Downtown Spokane. Five Washington wineries will share one space offering thirty wines in one satellite tasting room. Over the next six weeks you’ll see several changes on this site.

  • Branding will change from DrinkNectar.com to Nectar Tasting Room and Nectar Wine Blog (links to previous posts will remain intact) Links from nectartastingroom.com and nectarwineblog.com will redirect to one site.
  • A new template will be introduced that will separate postings related to the tasting room and other wine blog posts
  • Daily posts will continue around wine reviews, wine business, and general wine topics
  • Spokane wine event news will move to www.spokanewinemagazine.com; As part of the Spokane wine scene, Nectar Tasting Room will promote and support all wine activities in Spokane
  • As contracts are signed, I’ll reveal the five participating wineries

November 11, 2009, friends on Twitter and Facebook welcomed me to the virtual world. One year later, I ask your continued support as I embark on this new venture. You can help be a brand ambassador by sharing this announcement on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you! Please stay tuned as I share the progress and adventure of opening a brick and mortar business. Can someone go from nothing, to wine blogger, to successful wine business in a year? I’m counting on it!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FIVE WASHINGTON STATE WINERIES TO OPEN SATELLITE TASTING ROOM IN DOWNTOWN SPOKANE

Nectar Tasting Room is opening on the corner of Stevens and Main and will house the operations of five Washington winery satellite tasting rooms.

Spokane is home to 18 quality wineries that include some of the states oldest, Latah Creek and Arbor Crest. The region’s continued thirst for wine has encouraged the recent growth of 5 new wineries in the last four years. Growing wine interest has generated attention in Spokane among wineries across the state. 

“Spokane has established itself as a wine tasting destination,” says Josh Wade of Nectar Wine Blog (aka DrinkNectar.com) and creator of Spokane Wine Magazine. “The addition of other regional wineries will enhance the wine experience for local residents and increase the spotlight on the quality Spokane wine producers.” The 2000 square foot space will be a place to taste wine and also enjoy wine by the glass. Nectar Tasting Room will be open Thursday through Saturday and plans on live music for the weekends. “This will be a unique wine tasting room experience with iPads as menus, a comfortable urban vibe, and activities that promote interactive wine education as an extension of the participating winery’s main location,” says owner Josh Wade.

Final negotiations are still in progress but wineries from Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Lake Chelan, Tri-Cities, and Woodinville are joining in. Wade is working with local restaurant designer Josh Hissong to build out the space and expects the tasting room to open in mid to late November.

Josh built his business model over the last year strictly using social media sites Twitter and Facebook. The DrinkNectar.com wine blog has been viewed nearly 100,000 times in the last year, with a strong emphasis on promoting the area wine scene, now at a national level. The site is among the top wine blogs in the country in traffic and engagement. With the upcoming changes, DrinkNectar.com is becoming Nectar Wine Blog and will house the information for the tasting room, national wine news, and ongoing wine and social media education.

For updates and information visit www.nectartastingroom.com or www.nectarwineblog.com or contact info@nectartastingroom.com

drinknectar

Owner of Nectar Tasting Room in Spokane, WA. (@nectarwine) Publisher of Spokane Wine Magazine (@spowinemag), author, speaker, consultant and internet marketer with Nectar Media (@nectarmedia)

62 comments on “Introducing Nectar Tasting Room

  1. WineMonologues

    Congratulations Josh! That is fantastic. You knew what you wanted and went for it! Cheers!

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    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, Mike! The read adventure begins now. Should be a very interesting few months leading up to opening

      Reply
  2. Sam @brokewino

    First of all, love that logo. It’s cool to see how your vision has evolved, best of luck!

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    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, Sam! It’s definitely different than where I intended to go, but you’ve got to be flexible with what comes your way. I appreciate your support! If you’re ever visiting Spokane, you’ll have to stop by.

      Josh

      Reply
  3. Virtuallars

    Oh Josh such great news! Congrats to you! And I too love the new wine glass logo.

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  4. Joshua S Sweeney

    Very, very cool, man. If I weren’t on the other side of the country, I’d be a dedicated patron. I’m looking forward to seeing the launch!

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    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, Josh – this just gives you another reason to visit now that Ben’s moved to the Northwest too!

      Reply
  5. Liz Mendez

    Congratulations Josh! Such inspiration to see you follow your dream and have it come to fruition. Looking forward to watching the transformation of the site, and keeping up with your success. Cheers!

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  6. Laurie London

    Josh, I’m so excited for you!!! Congratulations!

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    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, Laurie – hopefully we’ll enjoy a glass of wine together there someday!

      Reply
  7. Jo Nathans-Ster

    good luck. I’d like to have a party therrrrrre…..

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  8. Sip

    Congrats! Love the logo!

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    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, Sip! I hope you’ll stop by and enjoy a glass from time to time.

      Reply
  9. William Maltese

    Well, great news, as far as I’m concerned, as I’m sure you must very well know! Congrats!

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  10. Blends of Vino

    i am dancing with excitiment.. cant not tell you how excited i am.. and i know with your golden touch it will be a huge success for you. Let me know if you need my help with anything. :-)

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    1. drinknectar

      William and Rebecca, thanks for your unwavering support! Friends like you are priceless! Can’t wait to enjoy a glass of wine at the new space.

      Josh

      Reply
  11. Corinne

    I’m looking for work.

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  12. Mary Cressler

    Congrats Josh!!! You are a Rockstar and an inspiration. Can’t wait to head back out west to visit your new place!

    Mary

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  13. Jodi tampawinewoman

    A most sincere and heartfelt congratulations!! I love the logo!

    Jodi a/k/a tampawinewoman

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    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, Jodi – maybe you can come visit from Tampa some day! :)

      Sean – I know you’ll be over, can’t wait to celebrate the opening!

      Reply
  14. Darah

    Congratulations Josh! I am so happy for you guys, this will be really fun! I can’t wait to come check it out! I got a great preview at Signature Chefs on Saturday, sounds like a wonderful place your are starting up! Best wishes!

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    1. drinknectar

      Darah, thanks for working with our last minute details for Signature Chef. I am so glad we could be a part of it!

      Reply
  15. Dara P.

    Congratulations! I’m don’t live in the Spokane area, or even in North America…but I also have a dream of opening a wine room. Good to see someone live out their dream! Good luck. Inspirational

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    1. drinknectar

      Dara, Thanks for the support! Be relational, reach out, support the local community and see where things will lead. You’ll have opposition, but just remember that you have to be true to yourself and your goals.

      Josh

      Reply
  16. tgs

    What’s the address, Josh??? wonder which building this is…

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    1. drinknectar

      120 N Stevens – The 1889 Building (first floor)

      Reply
  17. Chris

    Congrats Josh. Looking forward to learning who are the 5 and will come by when in Spokane.

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  18. Nick Perdiew

    Go for it Josh. Best of luck!

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  19. Keith

    Bravo Bravo Bravo!

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    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, Keith Nick and Chris! Hope to see you there some day

      Reply
  20. Ian Griffith

    Congrats Josh, lots of luck with the next stage in your wine journey.

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  21. Debbie Traynor

    This is wonderful news…not only for you, but for the rest of us! Congratulations Josh, we are very happy for you and your new business venture…may this be a huge success!!! ♥

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  22. Corinne

    At this point in time, I’ll work for just about anything.

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    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, Pamela! It’s going to be fun

      Reply
  23. Dustin

    Mazel tov, my friend! Can’t wait to come support you!!

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    1. drinknectar

      If you moved to town, I would certainly be a success! – Thanks, Dustin

      Reply
  24. Matt

    We have not chatted much but I’m proud of what you’re doing, anybody that goes after there passion with integrity and hard work is well deserving. Congrats!!

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    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, Matt! This is only the beginning

      Reply
  25. Barrister Winery

    Congratulations, Josh!!! I am excited for you. The Nectar Tasting Room will help elevate everyone in Spokane’s awareness about the exciting things happening in the Washington wine scene.
    greg

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    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, Greg! I appreciate your support and vision for the future. Every visitor to the space will certainly walk away with an increased knowledge of the great wine that Spokane wineries have to offer!

      Josh

      Reply
  26. Tamara Belgard

    Woo hoo!! So proud of you, all your hard work paid off and your dreams are coming true. Congratulations my friend, it’s been a privilege and pleasure to watch your journey!

    Reply
  27. Ryan Reichert

    Hey Josh – way to go! This is awesome news. And that logo is pretty awesome – is that an actual sculpture? Look forward to my (first, and certainly not last) visit to Spokane to check the place out!

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    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, Catie Ryan and Tamara – Having each of you visit will be a fun time!

      Reply
  28. Catie

    I love the new logo. Classy! Best wishes and looking forward to drinking some wine with you this weekend. Cheers, C~

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  29. Evan Dawson

    Big congrats. You’re on your way to a big success with this, Josh. You’ve worked hard and you’ll see the results.

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    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, Meg and Evan. Maybe this is an excuse enough to get you guys to the Northwest ;)

      Reply
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  31. Kim Brown

    Josh…what fantastic news! Such a great thing when you see your dreams coming together! Larry and I are so VERY pleased for you!

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    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, Kim! Your support has been wonderful and I wish you success in your new ventures as well.

      Josh

      Reply
  32. Rick Breslin (Hello Vino)

    Congrats, Josh! Sounds like an inviting place – looking forward to hearing more about this and hope to visit one day. Please livestream the grand opening so we can all share in the fun!

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    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, Rick! I’ll certainly be live streaming the opening and from time to time. Thanks for inviting me into the Hello Vino family. I hope to be a part of the reviews and best Apple Wine App around for years to come!

      Reply
  33. Robi Railey

    This is very exciting news, congratulations!!

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  34. Bonnie Clark

    Josh! That is wondrful. I am so happy for you and wish you the best on your new adventure. We will be watching for the opening.

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    1. drinknectar

      Thanks Bonnie and Robi! It’s going to be fun

      Reply
  35. Roger

    Congratulations Josh! Robin and I look forward to your opening.

    Reply
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