Introducing Nectar Tasting Room

Four years ago I told my wife, “I want to open a wine and coffee bar,” a combination of retail wine, wine by the glass, and Starbucks. Money in the morning, money in the evening, a business model that combines the two things I love! While not quite that exact same vision, today marks the biggest announcement and biggest adventure I’ve embarked on. Last year, I started this blog with the intention of reaching out to wine lovers in the Spokane area for an eventual business opening. I distinctly remember saying, “If I can open a business in a few […]

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Spokane Weekend Wine Events Oct 1-3

It has been an amazing Fall so far. The warm weather we were robbed of in June has made an appearance 4 months later. Grape harvest is several weeks delayed in Washington and this extended warm weather is helping to ease the anxiety that many grape farmers were experiencing. This weekend’s weather report is bright and sunny (with Sunday taking a cooler turn). I hope you enjoy your weekend with wine and friends, cause after all, life is meant to be enjoyed with friends, drink happy! All Weekend   Take a tour of the local wineries. Most are open. Visit this […]

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Mollydooker Shiraz is a Hedonistic Experience

  Are you looking for a wine that will kiss you on the lips, smack you on the ass, and leave you feeling completely satisfied? Mollydooker just might do it. In my 11 months of wine blogging and five years of wine consumption, I have yet to experience anything so over the top and hedonistic as the Mollydooker wines. In fact, it’s not even until now that I understand the use of the word hedonistic when describing wine. Even at their lower end price points $25, the wines are full of big and rich fruit with an emphasis on flavor. […]

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Vinotology Press Conference: Ben Announces His Big Move

  In August, Ben Simons of Vinotology announced his free agency. In a brave move, he left the comfort of his paying job to pursue the uncertainty of the free market. His pursuit of passion is an admirable and brave quest for those of us surviving in the cube farm of corporate America. Immediately after entering the market, suitors began calling. Potential candidates were Arizona, Oregon, California, Washington and even staying in the home state of Texas. Ben has been an active champion for Texas wine, blazing trails by getting Texas wine into the hands of influential wine writers. Ben […]

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The Beauty and the Beast: Off Camera Wine Reviews

Each month I review between 17-20 wines on camera. The total has climbed above 200. However, contrary to popular opinion, I don’t always wait until the film is rolling to drink wine. Several wines are enjoyed at trade tasting events or even in the casual company of friends over dinner or just for fun. Some of these wines, while embedded in my memory for their amazing quality, just don’t receive the time and attention that is needed for a quality review. Below are six wines that I tasted during the month that didn’t see the bright lights of the video […]

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