Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Ilegal Mezcal

I thought about titling this post, “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” or “Mas Tequila.” There was even a little snicker as I thought about Pee Wee Herman dancing to “Tequila” in a biker bar in the movie Pee Wee Herman’s Great Adventure. Alas, none of that either happened or made sense for this post. The reason…we’re not talking about Tequila, we’re talking about Mezcal. As a wine blogger, no one was more surprised than me when I received three trade samples of Ilegal Mezcal. My level of agave experience is limited to tequila shots, margaritas, the occasional smooth Patron […]

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Nectar Spokane Wine Events May 2011

After one of the coolest (and by cool, I don’t mean “cool”) springs on record we are bursting at the wine skins for some consistent good weather and wine tasting season. Spokane wine tasting is an exciting activity with 24 Washington wineries in 18 locations across the city. At Nectar we just came out of our busiest month since we opened. With some big May events and private parties scheduled weekly, we hope you are as excited as we are. DID YOU KNOW? We now have 2 wine clubs. A)     Club Nectar – This is our annual membership club where […]

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Everyone Is a Wine Expert

“Once you know what you like, you’re already an expert.” This is a phrase I use all too often in the tasting room for intimidated newbies and, in many ways, I believe it.  Sounds pretty simple and inviting right?  Sadly, the man behind curtain would agree that there’s more to enjoying wine than simply sticking to what you’ve previously found easy and comfortable.  The world of wine is dying to be discovered in each and every soul.  Yes, if you’re a novice drinker and find Franzia to be smooth and elegant then that’s your prerogative.  I’ll even find myself enjoying […]

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Welcome to The Quarterly Sip

American Express coined the phrase, “Membership Has its Privileges” and we at Nectar agree. With a slight twist, we think memberSIP has its privileges. Many of you are familiar with, and have even joined our popular Club Nectar annual discount program. Yearlong savings and complimentary tastings provide a lot of happy sipping. In response to many requests, we are excited to announce a NEW wine club. Introducing THE QUARTERLY SIP You’ve discovered the wineries at Nectar. You even have a few of your favorite wines. The Quarterly Sip gets you our best discount on new wines, exclusive releases and some […]

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Chilean Wine Wows Me Again

Earlier this year I made the observation that I’ve tasted a lot of wine from Washington. While I’m a huge fan of Washington Wine, I made the comment that I needed to expand my horizons and tasting experiences. So far, I’ve been fortunate this year to enjoy wine from Bordeaux, South Africa, Beaujolais (notes coming soon), Chile, and Italy. In 2010 only 1 non-American wine made my top 10 list – a Chilean red blend of Syrah, Cabernet, Carmenere, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Mourvedre. Chile makes a lot of wine. In fact, they are the fifth largest exporter of wine […]

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