From Sorority Girl to Sommelier

Guest Blog Christine Collier from @southernORwine I may look more like a sorority girl than a sommelier, but that is exactly the reason I am pursuing my Court of Master Sommeliers certification. I want to level out the playing field with more formal wine knowledge to offset my 23 year-old, blonde, perky self. As a wine blogger and social marketing coordinator for an Oregon winery, many questioned why I was pursuing the Court of Master Sommeliers program instead of the Masters of Wine. And to tell you the truth, the first reason was the higher cost of the MW, but more importantly, […]

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Vinturi Aerator and Wine Review!

“It looks like a sculpture.” “What are those mesh things…does that thing have speakers?!” These were the reactions from the wife and the boy when I set up the Vinturi Deluxe Aerator. When wino friends showed up later that evening for wine and dessert, they ooohed and ahhhed, exclaiming, “I’ve got to have one!” I’m not sure paying $80 for a conversation piece is worth it, but I have paid more for things that are far more useless and look way less cool! So, why would you possibly be in the market for a Vinturi Aerator? Simple…in a word…impatience. We […]

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HR5034 is Focus of Spokane News

HR5034 Is Bad for Business  Click to watch the video. The story is the first story and lasts through the 3:30 mark. Local news station, KHQ News picks up on HR5034 and speaks to Timothy Nodland of Nodland Cellars. I was honored to be a part of the broadcast to help bring the bills potentially devestating impact to light. How can YOU get involved. Contact your representative. The bill is currently in the House of Representatives and has 80+ sponsors. The more people that voice their opposition, the greater the impact. Use this tool on FreetheGrapes.com to easily contact your […]

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Nectar Interview with Rick Bakas: Quick Bites

Today I sat down (virtually) for a quick interview with Rick Bakas, the Director of Social Media for St. Supery winery. Rick is rockin’ the social media world and has a new book coming out at the end of May, Quick Bites – 75 Savory Tips for Social Media Success. Rick opens up his game plan and shares the strategies that he uses for his own personal brand as well as how he manages St. Supery’s brand. Check out the quick Skype chat with Rick and then type your little fingers over to www.quickbitesbook.com and order your copy today. You can also […]

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Taste Texas The Lone Star Rising

Texas! The home of black gold, ten gallon hats, Willie Nelson, the 41st and 43rd presidents, and Bugs Bunny. When I think of Texas and alcoholic beverages, I don’t think of wine…I think of longneck bottles of Long Horn beer and shots of Texas whiskey. The last few months on the twittering machine have increased my awareness of the Texas grape. I’ve been curious if the grapes grow bigger there and if the wine is over the top, like most things Texan. When my friend Ben from Vinotology.com asked if I would be interested in participating in a Texas Twitter […]

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