The Blend of Barista and Sommelier: Starbucks Enters the Wine Biz

On June 25, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced that it will use a testing ground store dubbed “Olive Way” to experiment with several new concepts. With rampant growth halted, Starbucks is looking for ways to draw customers back to the store. One of the new concepts is to introduce wine and beer as part of its product offering. Is this a good idea? Will doing so completely change the culture of the store, or is it a brilliant move to capitalize on the distribution network to extend sales into the evening hours? I think it’s a great idea! In fact, […]

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Nectar Monthly Honors for June

June ended pretty much the same way it began…a showcase of Washington Wine. On June 3rd hundreds of people tweeted thousands of times about Washington Wine for #WAWine. June 25-27 hundreds of people tweeted thousands of times about Washington Wine for the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference. In the middle of the month we enjoyed more Washington Wine with Taste Washington in Spokane and Washington Rose with Paul Gregutt (Seattle Times columnist). Drowning in the flow of literally hundreds of wines (close guess would be 300), I managed to review and score 25 wines, get featured in a local magazine, announce […]

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Spokane Weekend Wine Time Independence Day

How do you define freedom? This weekend is a celebration of the independence of our country from the oppressive rule of the British Empire. Brave young men and women sacrificed their lives, the comfort of their homes and their way of life to ensure that we could have a country free from tyranny and ran by the people. While I have many thoughts about where we are politically in the US, I’ll reserve those for a conversation that includes a bottle of wine and a warm fire. This weekend, pop a cork on Independence Day and celebrate.  While we live […]

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A Video Recap of WBC10 And Bonus Stuff

The 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference is in the books. I’ve enjoyed reading all the posts and looking at everyone’s pictures. Thank you so much for posting them. Below is my video recap of the event. I’ll be doing one final post sharing my thoughts on the opportunities for making the event better. Please see my previous posts on: 5 Things I’m Going to DO As A Result of WBC10 The Sport of Speed Wine Blogging (satire)   A Tweet Recap of Posts About 2010 Disclaimer – I didn’t edit any of these tweets wawinereport Washington Wine Report: Summary of known […]

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Episode #91 Southern Hemi Sauv Blanc

  Some wines just scream summer! The crisp citrus acidity seems to be the perfect pairing for warm weather. Sauvignon Blanc is also a great pairing for light salads, chicken, shellfish and dishes that feature ingredients like bell peppers, olives or spinach. If pairing a Sauvignon Blanc with food, do your best to match the acidity levels with your ingredients (high acid pairs with high acid) and avoid rich creamy buttery dishes (as a rule of thumb). The three Sauvignon Blanc featured in today’s post are from the southern hemisphere and grow in hot climates with cool evenings that help […]

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