Exclusive Nodland Cellars Availability

Nodland Cellars is making some really cool stuff! In this blogger’s opinion, you would be hard pressed to find a better traditional Bordeaux style blend than the 2006 Red Blend from Nodland Cellars. The wine caught my attention at Taste Washington (Seattle) and I sent 3 of my fellow wine writing friends over to try it. It made two of their “top lists” for the day.  When I was in Walla Walla for the 2010 Wine Blogger’s Conference, I chose one wine to share with friends, the 2006 Nodland Private Blend. After a long day of tasting I opened the […]

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Old Spice New World – How Wineries Can Clean Up

“If you do what you always do, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten” (A. Robbins). In an ever changing world of economics, customer attention deficit disorder, and perceptions this quote doesn’t quite ring 100% true. Just because you’ve always been successful selling your wine the moment you open your doors, doesn’t mean you always will be. In today’s world it’s not even about having the highest quality product, or the slickest advertising. Success comes from one word…engagement. The more engaging you or your brand is, the more attractive you will be. The more people attracted to you…well, then you just […]

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Cabernets Compete to be King

Budweiser may be the “King of Beers” but it has nothing on Cabernet, the King of wine. Okay, yes I realize Barolo has been deemed the “wine of the kings,” but in America, King of Rock is Elvis, the King of Pop is Michael Jackson the King of burgers is Burger King and the KING of wine is Cabernet! I have to admit, I love the king! Last week we explored the noble queen of wine, Pinot Noir. Each of the lovely ladies paraded their wears without shame. They pranced across the stage seeking to be chosen for the night. […]

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What Makes a Good Wine List? Size Doesn’t Matter

I recently visited the two lone Spokane restaurants that received a nod in the 2010 Wine Spectator “Restaurant Wine List Awards.” As I perused the lists, it got me thinking, “What makes a good wine list?” I refuse to pay for wine rags subscriptions like Spectator and Enthusiast when good information is available for free, so I went Googling (sort of like fishing but for information). After a few casts of the line, I pulled back some very interesting insights. I added my own ideas to compile my thoughts on what makes a good restaurant wine list. If you’re looking […]

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Five Fabulous Facebook Finds

With Facebook surpassing 500 million active users and over half of them logging in daily, the ability to connect and create brand ambassadors has never been more accessible for businesses. Recent studies show that the average Facebook fan is worth $136.38 (from Syncapse). On average, fans spend an extra $71.84 they would not otherwise spend on products they describe themselves as fans of, compared to those who are not fans. Fans are 28 percent more likely than non-fans to continue using a specific brand. Fans are 41 percent more likely than non-fans to recommend a product they are a fan […]

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