Thank You, Gary Vaynerchuk

“What happens when we live in the word of mouth world? What happens when brands can be humanized? There is enormous ROI in a tweet.” ~ Gary Vaynerchuk; ‘The Thank You Economy.’ I want to personally thank Gary Vaynerchuk for the success of DrinkNectar.com, Spokane Wine Magazine and Nectar Tasting Room. 15 months ago, Gary’s book Crush It! Why Now is the Time to Cash In On Your Passion, was the catalyst for everything I’m doing now. The concept was in my head, the business plan was written, and the timing was always considered, “sometime in the future,” until reading […]

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Five Wine Tasting Tips For Wine Newbies

Guest blog from wine slinger Ben Hilzinger Anyone from the smelly shmuck sitting beside you on the bus to the overworked soccer mom behind you in line at the shopping mall would agree that in order to taste wine, you must drink it first.  Not everyone, however, understands that drinking doesn’t necessarily mean tasting. For those who do know the difference, wine tasting, as an event, can be very intimidating.  Ever since a banished, suicidal harem to the King of Persia drank a bottle of spoiled grapes labeled “poison” only finding the effects changing her mood completely, winemakers have allowed […]

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Nectar Spokane Wine Events March 2011

Wine. Social lubricant, relaxing release, medical miracle, challenging conundrum. Wine is a mysterious beverage that we seek to understand, love to analyze, and drive to discover. But, isn’t it just rotten grapes! I love watching people discover new flavors they love and uncover the subtle nuances of a carefully crafted creation. Nectar Tasting Room gives you the opportunity to explore 35+ wines from 5 wineries in one location. Located in Downtown Spokane at 120 N. Stevens (across from Sante Restaurant, Sushi.com and Aunties Book Store) Nectar is here for you to explore Washington wine. March is Washington Wine Month. Come […]

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Wine An Open Letter to the Millennial Generation

Guest blog post from Ben Hilzinger While rummaging through some papers in my desk the other day, I found a letter from a great friend of mine.  I thought some of my fellow young readers might find it interesting. Hey Ben, I’m really not doing so hot…perhaps a little insecure if you will.  I feel underappreciated and underestimated by a lot of the younger generation.  What gives?  I mean, am I wrong in thinking that wine has its place with the kiddos too – with which the ‘legally-aged challenged’ title does not apply?  I’m gonna ramble now Ben, but tell […]

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Look Mom, I’m on Pay Per View TV

I’ve been a lot of things in life, but this is the first time I’ve been a pay per view TV channel!  I recently taught a class for Spokane’s LaunchPadINW called Planting the Seeds of Social Media Success (Part 1). The fine people at Web Share Live stopped by and filmed the 90 minute seminar. Now, through the magic of the interwebs you can watch the class from the comfort of your bunny slippers and snuggie. For the mere cost of $39 you have unlimited access to the class now through April 5. Watch it in chunks, watch it a […]

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