Pre-Release Reviews of Latah Creek and Nodland Cellars

Every so often I’m reminded of the reason I love wine and the reason I love reviewing wine. Tonight’s review is an example of that. I get the privilege of sampling wine before most people in the world. I get a sneak peek into the passion and heart that a wine maker has put into his craft. One wine is a new flagship from a veteran wine maker, the other is a very special limited release of juice from a young winery. Latah Creek is an icon in Washington Wine. Producing 20,000 cases per year, Latah Creek was one of […]

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Wineries on Twitter: Montaluce Winery

On the Web  -  Montaluce Winery on Twitter – Montaluce Vineyards on Twitter  – Montaluce on Facebook The goal of this series is to connect with wineries and wine business that use Social Media (Twitter and Facebook) effectively. These interviews can serve as a catalyst to help other wineries and wine businesses to see the benefits (and pitfalls) of joining the social revolution. Interview Questions How long have you been using Twitter? 7 months What prompted you to dive in? My friend Ed Thralls suggested it. (@winetonite) What type of strategy or approach do you use when posting content? Create […]

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Stop HR 5034

Today’s DrinkNectar post is featured on Cork’d. Starting this week, I’ll be featuring two posts per week over with the fine folks at WineLibrary! Cork’d is becoming an online playground for all things wine. STOP THE MADNESS – NOW IS THE TIME FOR ACTION Read the post here and be sure to take action. April 19, I created a Facebook page to help draw attention to the potentially disastrous legislation that would cripple small business wineries and could close the doors on direct to customer shipping. The page is an aggregate of information and a space to express your concerns […]

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Spokane’s Arbor Crest Cellars

Towering high on the hills above the Spokane Valley, Arbor Crest is a picturesque spot for any event and a picture of transformation of quality and direction. The state’s 29th winery began with brothers Harold and Dave Mielke’s departure from the family business of orchards, strawberries and cherry pie filling to growing grapes on the Wahluke slope. With an initial production of 7000 cases in the first year, Arbor Crest’s past is defined by sweet white wines. Moving into their second generation (and nearly 30 years in the Washington wine business) Harold’s daughter, Kristina Mielke-van Loben Sels and her husband […]

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Taste and Tweeting Michigan Shady Lane Cellars

Ford, Chevy, Dodge. Ted Nugent, Motown, and Eminem. Tigers, Red Wings, Lions. Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Blue Franc. If we were playing the game “one of these things is not like the other,” some would quickly call out the last group as not representing Michigan. With 71 wineries (and growing) Michigan is making quite a statement with quality wine. Still young, the region is expanding acreage and seeing improvements as the vines continue to age. Really, Michigan wine? When approached by blogger friend Shannon Casey of Michigan by the Bottle to participate in a Twitter tasting event, I didn’t hesitate […]

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