Progress Report: Construction Delays and Collaboration

Everyone knows that when opening a business things never go according to plan and you always spend more than you budgeted. I wish I could say my adventure was different. My original goal was to have Nectar Tasting Room open with a soft launch by November 11 but as it stands now, we probably won’t even have lights, furniture, or a bar installed by then. I’m still keeping an optimistic outlook for a soft launch on Friday, November 26 and an all out marketing assault and opening party on December 3. After a full 10 days of delays and minimal […]

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10 Reasons Bubbly Makes Everything Better

What was your first experience with sparkling wine or champagne? Do you recall moments of wild debauchery? Yep, I do because before I understood the nuances of bubbly I drank it like a sprite, quickly got drunk and you know the rest of the story…Since then I have of course realized how to sip bubbly and have even taken quite a liking to it – in its many forms. So, here goes my list (not in any kind of order) of what I love about sparkling wine.  From Guest Author Coryn Briggs of Black Star Farms Winery  1. Bubbly is […]

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The Best Merlot in the World? Bolen Family Estates

From time to time we come across a wine that sticks in our mind and becomes the benchmark by which we judge the others. For me, these include the Belle Glos Pinot Noir, Seghesio Zinfandel, Barrister Rough Justice (affordable blend) and the Fielding Hills Cabernet Franc. Recently I received a bottle of Bolen Family Estates 2007 Merlot. This wine has made a strong case for being the benchmark merlot in my memory banks. Eric Bolen makes one wine, 1000 cases, of single vineyard Oak Knoll Merlot. Bolen partners with esteemed winemaker Tom Rinaldi of Duck Horn fame to craft a […]

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Lois Gruner Veltliner Celebrates 10 Years

If you’re not familiar with Gruner Veltiner, you need to change that. The crisp, citrus flavored, acidic white wine, usually from Austria, is a fantastic companion for hot summer days, shrimp, fish, honey glazed ham, pea salad and more. For those looking to expand their taste experiences, Gruner Veltliner (GruVe) is a great alternative to Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. For 10 years Fred Loimer winery in Langenlois Austria has been crafting their flagship GruV, LOIS. To commemorate the first decade, LOIS sports a peel away back label revealing 10 fun and whimsical celebratory sayings. In addition to celebrating 10 […]

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Nectar Monthly Honors For October 2010

It is always fun looking back at the previous month seeing where I’ve been, what I’ve drank and all the fun articles and posts that people across the bloggersphere have written. October, like all the months prior to it, proved to be an amazing whirlwind adventure of wine, friends, and more. The thing that separates October from the previous 10 months of this blog are major announcements of Nectar Tasting Room, rebranding from DrinkNectar.com to NectarWineBlog.com, and the completion of the first issue of Spokane Wine Magazine. Through all of this, you have made October the most visited month in […]

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