Does Big Green Box Equal Big Green Value?

There was a time last week when I had 25 bottles of wine open in the house. “What is the problem,” you ask? Well, for one I feel obligated to drink every bottle and two, not all of them are good wines. The open wines were from the Chile Blends tasting, One Hope Chardonnay, and four box wines from Don Sebastiani & Sons. Over the last six months, I’ve had my share of boxed wines, many of them from the group that distributes the Octavin family of wines. This week, I’m cautiously optimistic to take a look at four wines […]

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From Blogger to Publisher – The Crazy Wine Magazine Adventure

Have you ever had dreams of being a magazine publisher? Be careful, those dreams might actually be nightmares in disguise. Some say that traditional media is dead, and while I might agree that traditional media that refuses to adapt is in danger of dying, there is still a place for niche driven publishing. Today, I officially enter the world of the insane…er, I mean magazine publisher. Rewind six months to a restless night in May. Coming up on my final interview of Spokane’s 18 wineries, I was consumed with the desire to get the word out beyond the readers of […]

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Rebranding: DrinkNectar Becomes Nectar Wine Blog

As paint goes up on the walls at Nectar Tasting Room, it’s time to put up a new coat of paint here on the ol’ blawg. What started as a wine blog has grown into several business opportunities and adventures. Today marks the launch of the new brand(s). As you look around, you’ll see some redecorating as well. For example, I’ve better organized my wine reviews and created logical buckets to make finding information easier. The Brands In November 2009, I launched as DrinkNectar.com. With a picture taken in my basement hiding behind a wine glass and coffee cup, I […]

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Viva La Chile Mine Workers and Wine Makers

Viva la Chile! On Thursday, October 14 I was watching two broadcasts from Chile. Both broadcasts were marvels of modern technology (although one was of slightly greater importance). Live from Copiapo, I watched with the world as the last of 33 mine workers was resurrected from the depths of a mine that left them trapped for 69 days. At the same time I virtually tasted wine with eight wine makers via live satellite feed from Santiago hosted by Master Sommelier, Fred Dexheimer, for 50+ wine writers and bloggers located across the country. I was able to experience both of these […]

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Let’s Get It Poppin’ Champagne Day on October 28

I’ve come to realize that we don’t celebrate life enough. Why do we wait for the “special occasions” to break out a bottle of bubbly? Isn’t every day a miracle and an excuse to celebrate? I have a co-worker who has been out on long term disability for nearly a year. At the age of 32 she had a massive brain aneurism that altered her life forever. Her husband and two small children have rallied around their wife and mom but life isn’t the same. She was getting ready to come back to the team this month but I recently […]

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