Farewell my Friend, Best Wishes Ben Hilzinger

ben at nectar

Every once in a while you meet someone who becomes incredibly special to you and your life. In January 2011, shortly after Nectar opened, a tall skinny, good looking kid came in and asked how he could help with Spokane Wine Magazine. He worked at Arbor Crest, Lindaman’s, and was very passionate about wine. I immediately got a good vibe about him and the fact that two very respected businesses hired him, said everything to me. After a brief conversation, I said, “how would you like a job at Nectar?” The rest is history!

We sure are going to miss you Benny.

Ben Hilzinger may not have been the first person I hired, but he is the original WINE SLINGER. Ben is the rare combination of cool, calm, personable, outgoing, smart, talented, and trust worthy. Quickly, Ben took on all the duties at Nectar and became someone I could trust to represent me, my dream and my passion. As I’ve grown my other business and been absent working with personal things, Ben has become Nectar to many people. We wish you the absolute best in your new journey.

Friday, May 17 is Ben’s last day working at Nectar. Make sure you come down to enjoy his wine knowledge and dimples with a glass of wine before then. Please be sure to join us on Friday, May 24 as we celebrate his new journey with a going away party. Ben, and his girlfriend Rachel, are headed off to Seattle to explore the big city and all the big dreams that exist there. I have no doubt that Ben will continue to be successful. Someday, our Ben Hilzinger will be a winemaker and you won’t just be drinking wine he is pouring, you’ll be drinking the result of his dreams.

On a personal note, Ben is not just an employee, he is a friend. In fact, I would say that he has become my very best friend. We have shared many great conversations about life, philosophy and girls over glasses of wine, beer, and Fireball. Ben has seen me struggle with the ebb and flow of being a small business owner and has been there to offer a compassionate ear and wisdom beyond his years about my many relationship struggles. Probably more than all of you, I will miss Ben the most. He has become my partner in crime and a friend that I love. If Nectar would end today, it would have all been worth it to work with and get to know such an amazing person. Ben, thanks for the many late nights watching SNL after we closed the place down. Thank you for working with a crazy new entrepreneur. Thank you for being a friend along the way. Thank you for being a HUGE part of why Nectar is the business that it is.

Best of success to you, Benny (and Rachel too). I love you, and so do all of the many fans and customers of Nectar Tasting Room.

Follow Ben’s journey on Twitter @benhilzinger 


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)

6 comments on “Farewell my Friend, Best Wishes Ben Hilzinger

  1. Carol Byrnes

    Aw, you made me cry. We’ll miss you Benny. I know you’ll come back and visit. We’ll see you at your going away party. All the best to you and Rachel!

  2. Billie Gaura

    Awwwww, Joshy! I love when you pour your heart out like that. Benny you will always be Taylor to me. :) Love you both.

  3. Brett Hockenberry

    Ben you will be missed!!! As so eloquently stated above you are Awesome!!!!!! You will succeed in anything you do no doubt! Youre Friend Brett.

  4. Sulochana Abeid

    Nectar won’t be the same without you, Ben! I have many fond memories of working with you, and wish you and Rachel all the best in whatever you pursue.

  5. Jeanne Dawes

    Gosh, Josh, you made me cry too. I will miss him too, but like you, I know he is headed into a wonderful future for him and Rachel.

  6. Tim and Tria P

    My wife Tria, and I like red wine, we are middle class folks with 4 kids. Needless to say we don’t have a lot of cash to spend on wine. We try and drink the best wine we can for as little we can get away with spending on it. A lot of tasting rooms are little pretentious and really for people that have money to spend on wine. Benny treated us as if we were like any other customer, with kindness and respect. He is truly a good person and its to bad for Spokane he is leaving, but he will touch folks wherever he goes, uh you know what I mean. Thanks Ben


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