Spokane’s Arbor Crest Cellars

Towering high on the hills above the Spokane Valley, Arbor Crest is a picturesque spot for any event and a picture of transformation of quality and direction. The state’s 29th winery began with brothers Harold and Dave Mielke’s departure from the family business of orchards, strawberries and cherry pie filling to growing grapes on the Wahluke slope. With an initial production of 7000 cases in the first year, Arbor Crest’s past is defined by sweet white wines. Moving into their second generation (and nearly 30 years in the Washington wine business) Harold’s daughter, Kristina Mielke-van Loben Sels and her husband […]

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Taste and Tweeting Michigan Shady Lane Cellars

Ford, Chevy, Dodge. Ted Nugent, Motown, and Eminem. Tigers, Red Wings, Lions. Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Blue Franc. If we were playing the game “one of these things is not like the other,” some would quickly call out the last group as not representing Michigan. With 71 wineries (and growing) Michigan is making quite a statement with quality wine. Still young, the region is expanding acreage and seeing improvements as the vines continue to age. Really, Michigan wine? When approached by blogger friend Shannon Casey of Michigan by the Bottle to participate in a Twitter tasting event, I didn’t hesitate […]

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Spokane Weekend Wine Time April 16-18

Chances are you’re on this page because you like wine and you live in the Spokane area. Spokane is home to 17 fantastic wineries (okay Overbluff Cellars won’t open for a few more weeks). Did you know that 9 of the wineries have tasting rooms within a 5 mile radius? You don’t have to travel to Walla Walla or Prosser for your wine journeys. Take a stay-vinocation and enjoy some local juice. Having an event and don’t see it on the list? Email me josh@nectarcoffeeandwine.com All Weekend Spokane Tasting Room Tour – Most Spokane tasting rooms are open. Check out […]

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Spokane Wine and some Killer Juice Releases

  Spring is a beautiful time to be a wine lover in Spokane. The city seems to come alive with events. As the buds are breaking from Walla Walla to Wahluke Slope, the blossoms are blooming on the cherry trees across the Inland Northwest. Spring usually marks a wineries new release season as well. This is a chance to try red wines that have been aging for 1-3 years in beautiful oak barrels and white wines that were just plucked from the vine the previous fall. Below are the HIGHLIGHTS of three events that you MUST mark on your calendar. […]

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Wineries on Twitter: Travessia Urban Winery

Travessia on Twitter   -   On Facebook   -  On the Web 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. How long have you been using Twitter? I reserved my account name @travessia on December 17, 2007.  At the time I was in the process of obtaining my winery permit with the TTB. I recall that I tried twitter for a few days and […]

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