Spokane’s Barili Cellars

For month’s I’ve been dying to try Barili Cellars. Everyone I’ve talked to for the last six months raves about them…but they are sold out. I drive by…they’re closed. Their first release…gone in just a few short months. The anticipation has been building to try the wine, the myth the legend that is Barili Cellars. Barili Cellars was born because of a scheduling conflict. For several years, Russ Feist and Steve Trabun had been independent home wine makers. They honed their craft in small barrel productions of beautiful Columbia Valley fruit. In the fall of 2005, Russ’ schedule kept him […]

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Episode #62 Concannon Petite Sirah and Chardonnay

Concannon Vineyard was one of the first established vineyards and wineries in the Central Coast. Established in 1883, their Cabernet Sauvignon clones were used to plant much of what is now Napa Valley. Known for their rocky soil Concannon winery was the first in the world to produce the brooding, silky and sexy Petite Sirah and they discovered America’s first female wine-maker. The two wines reviewed below are part of a new effort of wines made from vineyards that are part of a conservancy effort to protect the land from urban sprawl. The Conservancy label consists of Petite Sirah, Chardonnay […]

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Nectar Monthly Honors April

Baseball season has begun. The following is a review of the scouting reports for the best of April. These tweets, posts, wines and bloggers are deserving of the Nectar Monthly Honors for April! April marks my sixth month of wine and social media blogging. The pace continued fast and feverish with 32 posts. With all that writing, I actually only formally reviewed 17 different wines. I promise to do better in May. Some highlights for me in April were starting a consistent writing gig for Gary Vaynerchuk’s Cork’d site. I’ll be posting twice per week through September. I decided to […]

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Corkd – Ask a Sommelier

Today’s post is featured on Cork’d. Last week I asked the Twitterers and Facebook ”likers” if they had any questions for a Sommelier. The result was 8 questions and a BONUS question that was sure to stump our guest Sommelier, Yashar Shayan. Yashar is on the Sommelier team for Seastar Restaurants in the Seattle area. Seastar won Wine Spectator Magazine “Best of Award of Excellence” wine list in 2009. What question would you ask a Sommelier? Do you have a strange food pairing question? Are you dying to know a particular wine fact? Are you curious if being a sommelier is […]

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Spokane Wine Time April 30 – May 2

Last week two Spokane wineries released new vintages of spectacular wine. Liquid art was on display at Latah Creek and Nodland Cellars. This week release season continues as Barili Cellars, Liberty Lake Cellars, and Whitestone Winery showcase their beautiful and award winning artwork. It’s a great time to be a wine lover in Spokane! If you’re here for Bloomsday, you’ve got the perfect opportunity to unwind with some wine downtown. Having an event and don’t see it on the list? Email me josh@nectarcoffeeandwine.com All Weekend Spokane Tasting Room Tour – Most Spokane tasting rooms are open. Check out this tasting room […]

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