Wineries on Twitter: Mt Baker Vineyards

The goal of this series is to connect with wineries and wine business that use Social Media (Twitter and Facebook) effectively. These interviews can serve as a catalyst to help other wineries and wine businesses to see the benefits (and pitfalls) of joining the social revolution. Mt Baker Vineyards on the web  -   On Twitter  – On Facebook How long have you been using Twitter? A: I have been using a personal account on twitter since June of 2009.  The winery page I started only two or three months ago.       What prompted you to dive in? A:  I was in […]

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Washington Wine Industry Opposes HR5034

Below is the official press release from the Washington Wine Commission, Washington Wine Institute, and Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. This letter was posted with permission of www.washingtonwine.org   April 26, 2010  The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers 1323 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 RE: Washington Wine Industry Opposes H.R. 5034  Dear Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers:  On behalf of the Washington wine industry, we request your opposition to the Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness (CARE) Act of 2010 (H.R. 5034), which would effectively remove the Constitutional balancing tests to define the limits of a State’s authority under the 21st amendment to […]

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Wine Events Spring to Life

May 7-9, Mothers Day Weekend, is one of Spokane’s premier wine events. The Spokane Winery Association showcase 16 wineries current, new and future releases. Wineries are open 11am – 5pm Friday – Sunday. Some charge a tasting fee and ALL require you to have your ID. See below for suggestions, a game-plan for visiting ALL 16 wineries and a downloadable map.   Tips for Spring Barrel Tastings (and other events) Plan Ahead. Mapping out your journey can save you hassle and headache. Try not to overdo it. Stopping by 5-6 wineries (along with breaks for lunch and driving) can fill an entire […]

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Are You Bored With Girls Night Cocktails?

Guest blog #1 from Coryn Briggs @bstar2009 Are you bored with your girls’ night out cocktails? Has that Cosmopolitan lost its luster? Look no further than your local wine shop for wine selections and food pairing ideas. I’ve included my current list of top five favorite wines along with ideas for food pairings and girls’ night out activities.  Wines listed below are not in any kind of order– all are wonderful and need to be enjoyed in the company of good friends.  2008 Erath Vineyard Pinot Gris – How do I love this wine let me count the ways… First, […]

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Spokane’s Nodland Cellars

“That is so cool, he makes his own alcohol,” exclaimed Tim during a family reunion trip with Tracy’s extended family. That weekend in 1999 gave birth to a new Spokane winery. The journey would still take several more years, but by the fall of 1999 Tracy and Tim acquired some Walla Walla Cabernet, hit the books, talked with winemakers and began experimenting with making wine. Over the years, one wine turned into five different wines and by 2007, Nodland Cellars became Spokane’s lucky 13th winery. Those early pre-release years were all about education and refining the process. Classes at UC […]

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