Wine Advice: Drink More, Drink New, Drink Personal, Drink Happy


Wine is art. Wine is sexy. Wine is passion.

Wine is the most intriguing drink created. Wine is part of religious ceremonies. Jesus turned water into wine and even drank wine with his disciples as part of everyday life. Wine is sipped not shot, savored not slammed. Wine is discussed, debated,  sought after and collected.


…for many, wine is confusing.

As someone who drinks a lot of wine, I’d like to offer three suggestions to help with your understanding of this mysterious nectar.

1. Drink more
– okay, I realize this may have a controversial insinuation. I’m not encouraging abuse, I’m encouraging “practicing.” The best way to learn anything is keep at it. Go wine tasting, host wine parties, order wine with dinner. The more you try, the better your palate will get and you will notice the “subtle hints of cranberry and tobacco” that you used to read in wine tasting notes.

2. Drink new – I am an advocate for trying something new. Life is too short to drink the same wine every day. Explore, experiment, enjoy; with over 700 wineries in Washington, you can try something new every day for over 2 years before moving on to California or even France and Italy. Get out of your rut of buying 14 Hands or Kendall Jackson Chardonnay and expand your tastes.

3. Drink personal – You may have heard this before but, “drink what you like.” If you like a wine, that is your personal preference. Just because someone grades a wine 94 points doesn’t mean you will like it and it doesn’t always justify a higher price. While I am an advocate of wine reviews and scores, I think they are only a guide. If you drink more and drink new, you’ll discover your likes and dislikes without the influence of “experts.”

Enjoy life with friends, drink happy!

Nectar Tasting Room


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)

2 comments on “Wine Advice: Drink More, Drink New, Drink Personal, Drink Happy

  1. Eric Cook

    Right on Josh. There have never been more low-cost, or free, opportunities to sample wines. Be these wine shops, wineries, tasting rooms or restaurants, there are dozens of great choices in Spokane/Coeur d’Alene for tasting and honing personal taste.
    To really be on the extra mile with trying new things, even for jaded old winefolk(!), check out the Wine Century Club; the opposite side of the coin is to suggest becoming a connoisseur of one single grape variety or wine region by trying every example, in every price range, available until the impression is as familiar as the back of your hand. Then move on to the next one…
    Ultimately, your choice of wines becomes as personal as your choice of clothes or music or art and the bargains you will find will amaze!
    Keep up the good work Josh!

    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, Eric! I appreciate the comment and support.


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