2010 Beaujolais Nouveau – A Celebration of Marketing

  Marketing! Pure marketing brilliance. Some wines are all flash and no substance, pretty packages, gimmicky labels, marketing fluff and no flavor. If the Gamay found in the Beaujolais Nouveau was in any other bottle some might say it fits in the previous sentence…and maybe it does. Each year, with great fanfare and celebration, the French celebrate the completion of harvest with the release of Gamay from Beaujolais Village. The wine in the bottle was still hanging as grapes on the vine just 6-8 weeks ago. Seemingly everyone is familiar with Georges Duboeuf’s “don’t need to buy a vowel” wine. […]

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When Pork and Bourbon Make Love

Fat washing.  Depending on your culinary outlook, that either sounds vile and repulsive or intriguing and potentially even romantic.  I definitely fall into the latter category, particularly when we’re talking about the chemical marriage of bacon flavor and bourbon.  Of late I’ve had this growing addiction, and I figured it was time to come out of the closet, as it were, and share what I’ve learned. *This post is from guest blogger and long time friend, Dustin Cann @dustincann But before we get to the “how” let’s talk about the “why”. Let me start by saying that if you hate […]

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A Virginia Wine Virgin No More

Virginia is home to some of our country’s early history, 8 US presidents (including 4 of our first 5), Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, a strong military ship yard, beautiful beaches, and some of the most amazing Fall scenery in the U.S. With some of our countries earliest history of wine, Virginia is not just for lovers, it is for wine lovers. 38 years ago I was born among the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Roanoke, Virginia. The childlike fondness I have from living there for 10 years remains with me. While we occasionally go back to VA to visit […]

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Selling Out – Does Going Pro Mean the End of Credibility?

Wine blogging is a tangled vine of mystery, intrigue, passion, eroticism, and cow horns. Topics like bio-dynamics, Robert Parker’s 100 point system, the use of sulfites and stolen grapes stir the tank of controversy on a daily basis. Once one enters under the canopy of darkness…there is little hope of making it out alive (or at least with white teeth). Since when did mixing commerce with blogging become the antithesis to credibility? The medium of blogging affords a great freedom in expression and also lends itself to a speed that cannot exist in traditional media. Bloggers were first to respond […]

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Decadent Divine and Delicious Prize Package

Quick, name four things you want right now! I bet you said, “Decadent chocolate, divine fresh roasted coffee, delicious red wine, and a dreamy one hour massage.” Have I got a deal for you! We want to invite all of Spokane to enjoy Nectar Tasting Room and we need your help. As a little incentive, we’re giving away a deliciously decadent and divine package to one lucky winner! WINNER ANNOUNCED! Congratulations to Sara Morrison of Spokane, WA! You have been randomly selected as our Divine, Decadent, and Delicious prize package winner. Check your email box for details. Thanks for your support […]

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