Spokane Weekend Wine Events October 8-10

Spokane wineries are receiving high praise in the national press of late. International wine critic Robert Parker spoke highly of Arbor Crest in a recent publication. Caterina Winery was featured in Wine Enthusiast’s Best Buy list. Townshend Cellars will be in an upcoming issue of Sunset Magazine. Robert Karl and Barrister were recognized as 4 star wineries by Paul Gregutt. The list goes on. Have you experienced the 18 wineries that dot the Spokane wine landscape?   All Weekend   Take a tour of the local wineries. Most are open. Visit this link for hours, reviews, wine recommendations, videos and more. http://drinknectar.com/spokane-wine-tour/  […]

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Ignite Spokane Sparks Renewed Passion

If you had five minutes to share anything you wanted, what would you say? Ignite is a global phenomenon that sparks creativity and inspiration in each host city. Ignite was inspired by Pecha Kucha Nights, where speakers are given 20 slides, each shown for 15 seconds, giving each speaker 5 minutes of fame.  The first Ignite took place in Seattle in 2006, and since then the event has become an international event with gatherings in Helsinki, Finland; Paris, France; New York, New York; and many other locations. Produced by perketing.com, Ignite was brought to Spokane by local business woman Margaret […]

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V Sattui Parte Seconda Episode 118

Two months ago I celebrated my centennial video with a visit to Napa, California’s V. Sattui winery (the visit was virtual through a wine review). Today, we make a return virtual visit to preview three more of their wines. V. Sattui is in the midst of celebrating 125 years. Established in San Francisco in 1885 by Vittorio Sattui and then re-established in St. Helena in 1975 by Vittorio’s great grandson Dario, V. Sattui is one of the few remaining established family businesses in the wine world. Truly a unique Napa destination winery, V. Sattui is 100% self distributed through their […]

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Nectar Monthly Honors for September

September news has been dominated by the 2010 harvest.  Heavy rains in the Northeast, high heat in the Southeast, record lows then record heat in California and record cool temps in Washington have made this year’s grape growers and wine makers very nervous. Quality journalism and news continues to make its mark within the wine blogging community. The ability for bloggers to create quality content shows the future of wine news. The month began with the massively successful world-wide Cabernet day. September ended with two sensational and unbelievable stories in Washington State with the great grape caper (thieves steal one […]

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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 […]

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