Selling Out – Does Going Pro Mean the End of Credibility?

Wine blogging is a tangled vine of mystery, intrigue, passion, eroticism, and cow horns. Topics like bio-dynamics, Robert Parker’s 100 point system, the use of sulfites and stolen grapes stir the tank of controversy on a daily basis. Once one enters under the canopy of darkness…there is little hope of making it out alive (or at least with white teeth). Since when did mixing commerce with blogging become the antithesis to credibility? The medium of blogging affords a great freedom in expression and also lends itself to a speed that cannot exist in traditional media. Bloggers were first to respond […]

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Decadent Divine and Delicious Prize Package

Quick, name four things you want right now! I bet you said, “Decadent chocolate, divine fresh roasted coffee, delicious red wine, and a dreamy one hour massage.” Have I got a deal for you! We want to invite all of Spokane to enjoy Nectar Tasting Room and we need your help. As a little incentive, we’re giving away a deliciously decadent and divine package to one lucky winner! WINNER ANNOUNCED! Congratulations to Sara Morrison of Spokane, WA! You have been randomly selected as our Divine, Decadent, and Delicious prize package winner. Check your email box for details. Thanks for your support […]

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Happy Birthday Dear Wine Blog

365 days ago, I began this little wine blog adventure. The inspiration was a Gary Vaynerchuk’s book, Crush It – Why Now is the Time To Cash In On Your Passion. The motivation was the branding of an eventual coffee and wine bar in Spokane, WA. The result has been a wild and humbling ride that has led to far more than I could have imagined. In one respect it is hard to believe that a year has already gone by, in another, it is overwhelming to think of everything that has happened. If I were to boil the year […]

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Twitter Helps Fight City Hall

This crazy business adventure began with a tweet and yesterday a twitter plea could lead to the solution that helps open Nectar Tasting Room in 2010. It seems as if no business opens without some sort of opposition, struggle and set back. Budget troubles, they don’t worry me; I can mitigate the budget by making different choices. Contractors, they just require constant monitoring. Backordered merchandise just sends me back to the drawing board. Disappearing designers, there is always someone else to jump in. City red tape… …stumped… City code, regulation, permits, all of these things are out of my control. […]

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Maryhill Winery Value with a View

I recently had the privilege of visiting Maryhill Winery as part of a press familiarization trip. As I sift back through my notes to re-live the adventure, two thoughts come to mind. This is an awesome place to visit. The wines are an amazing quality to price ratio (QPR)…all 29 of them. Founded in 1999, Maryhill Winery has grown to 80,000 cases making it the 15th largest winery in the state and one of the largest family owned wineries. Craig and Vicki Leuthold, from Spokane, WA are passionately involved in every step of the journey. Situated on the Washington side […]

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