Wine Events Spring to Life

May 7-9, Mothers Day Weekend, is one of Spokane’s premier wine events. The Spokane Winery Association showcase 16 wineries current, new and future releases. Wineries are open 11am – 5pm Friday – Sunday. Some charge a tasting fee and ALL require you to have your ID. See below for suggestions, a game-plan for visiting ALL 16 wineries and a downloadable map.   Tips for Spring Barrel Tastings (and other events) Plan Ahead. Mapping out your journey can save you hassle and headache. Try not to overdo it. Stopping by 5-6 wineries (along with breaks for lunch and driving) can fill an entire […]

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Are You Bored With Girls Night Cocktails?

Guest blog #1 from Coryn Briggs @bstar2009 Are you bored with your girls’ night out cocktails? Has that Cosmopolitan lost its luster? Look no further than your local wine shop for wine selections and food pairing ideas. I’ve included my current list of top five favorite wines along with ideas for food pairings and girls’ night out activities.  Wines listed below are not in any kind of order– all are wonderful and need to be enjoyed in the company of good friends.  2008 Erath Vineyard Pinot Gris – How do I love this wine let me count the ways… First, […]

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Spokane’s Nodland Cellars

“That is so cool, he makes his own alcohol,” exclaimed Tim during a family reunion trip with Tracy’s extended family. That weekend in 1999 gave birth to a new Spokane winery. The journey would still take several more years, but by the fall of 1999 Tracy and Tim acquired some Walla Walla Cabernet, hit the books, talked with winemakers and began experimenting with making wine. Over the years, one wine turned into five different wines and by 2007, Nodland Cellars became Spokane’s lucky 13th winery. Those early pre-release years were all about education and refining the process. Classes at UC […]

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Spokane Weekend Wine Time April 23-25

I’m pretty stoked for this weekend of wine events. Two amazing wines are being released and I had the fortunate opportunity to score them before anyone else for review. In addition to these two killer juice releases, don’t miss out on a weekend of wine in Spokane. 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 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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HR 5034 Representative Contact Information

A friend of mine took the time to research the name, phone number and social media (if applicable) for the State Representatives who are responsible for sponsoring H.R. 5034. For those that don’t know, this bill could potentially eliminate a wineries ability to directly ship to customers or self distribute. Direct to consumer is the bread and butter for a lot of small business wineries. This friend, who we’ll call Agent X, will remain anonymous because he’s wanted by the U.S. Government (no not really). Actually, he has a valid point. In a previous article I’ve called the three tier […]

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