Under $10? Value is Still There

  Finding good trustworthy wine under $10 can be a challenge. Some people question my reasons for pursuing this series. I believe people need help in this range. Generally speaking wine over a certain price is going to be well made. They may have different characteristics but there is a higher percentage of quality wine. Wine under $20 has become more attainable as well. I believe there are more people out there that are looking under $10 for daily drinkers. Economic conditions should not keep people from enjoying wine. The challenge is finding trustworthy wine that, while not exceptional, is […]

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Spokane Weekend Wine Time April 9-11

Spokane is becoming a destination for wine and many wine events are happening every weekend. Stay connected here at DrinkNectar.com with a complete list of activities for you to wind (or wine) down with every week. Follow the local activity on Facebook too at www.facebook.com/drinknectar Do you know of a wine event that is not listed? Email me josh@nectarcoffeeandwine.com   All Weekend Spokane Tasting Room Tour – Most Spokane tasting rooms are open. Check out this tasting room map for contact information, hours of operation and video reviews. Enjoy great local wine at The Davenport, Left Bank Wine Bar, Niko’s […]

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Spokane’s Townshend Cellar

So, here I am sitting in the tasting room, with an amazing view of the hills north of Spokane. Like a typical Spring day in the Northwest, the clouds are simultaneously flirting with rain and sunshine. I’m sipping on a 2002 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with the wine maker. The wine has JUST NOW been released. How many wineries that you know are releasing their 2002 wines in 2009/2010? Townshend Cellars has grown from a small production boutique winery to a powerhouse of quality producing over 20,000 cases per year from a selection of 20+ wines. Located 20 miles North […]

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Episode #53 Smith-Madrone Winery

Big wine, small lot, Napa vineyards, small price. Looking at the Smith brothers, you might mistake them for iron workers in Pittsburgh or mine workers in West Virginia. One sip of their wine and there is no mistaking that Stuart and Charles Smith are definitely wine makers! Planted in 1971 Smith-Madrone Vineyards sits on 200 acres of steep hillside on top of Spring Mountain in Napa Valley. The vineyards consist of 13 acres of Chardonnay, 13 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and 7 acres of Riesling. With less than 5000 cases of wine made each year, attention to detail stands out […]

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Wine Blogger Award Nominations

Disclaimer from the nomination site: The nomination period is April 1-7, 2010. Nominations will be open to the public and will be made via this website. Each blog nominated for a category will be included in the selection process; additional nominations for a blog in the same category will have no effect. Once a blog is nominated for a category there is no reason to nominate it again. The 2010 Wine Blog Award nominations are under way. The winners will be announced at the 2010 Wine Bloggers conference in Walla Walla, WA.  Yes, there is a Wine Bloggers conference. Yes, they even […]

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