Spokane’s Grande Ronde Cellars

The story of Grande Ronde Cellars is the circle of life…wine life.  It’s the story of a caterer who struggled to find good wine, so he opened a wine shop. It’s the story of a wine shop owner who struggled to find access to quality wine, so he started a distributorship. It’s the story of a distributor who fell in love with the process and passion of wine-making and used his connections with key grape growers to secure quality fruit. In 1997 Grande Ronde Cellars was born and now the circle is complete as they are a winery that uses […]

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Y+B Wines Sustainable with a Conscience

  What is the carbon footprint of your wine? At first glance, Y+B Wines may cause a double take. The 1L box wine is a departure from the glass wine bottle. If you’re of the mindset that there is something romantic about popping the cork on a wine, then you may have a difficult time adjusting. If you have greater concern for our planet and are interested in what’s inside the container, then Y+B Wines may be a perfect combination. While Y+B may have stereotypes and hundreds of years of tradition to overcome, they are certainly making a strong case for […]

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Wineries on Twitter Black Star Farms

Black Star Farms on Twitter     Black Star Farms on Facebook 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? Black Star Farms has been using Twitter since July of 2009. What prompted you to dive in? We attended a wine marketing conference last spring called License to Steal  where there were several sessions devoted to […]

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Wine: Ripped off and Ticked off

Ripped off and Ticked Off at Restaurant Wine Practices There are only a few things that really ruffle my feathers, taking advantage of children, arrogance (not to be mistaken for confidence), poor customer service and blatant price gouging.  – I also dislike tweeting your Facebook status, but I’ll leave that for another discussion. Earlier this month there was a tweet-storm over a CNN article that listed the top five “rip-offs” in America. Behind texting, movie theater popcorn, “free” credit reports, and name brand pain killers was…wait for it…RESTAURANT WINE! As a wine lover, this doesn’t just make me grumpy, it […]

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Bloggers Drink Free in Spokane

Are you a wine blogger? Are you coming to Walla Walla, Washington for WBC10? June 25-27 nearly 300 wine bloggers will converge on South Eastern Washington for networking, education, and FUN! The best part, spending time in one of Washington’s premier wine regions with access to some of the greatest wine produced in the world! I know many of you are reading this and are planning on coming. How would YOU like a few extra expense paid days near nature, near perfect? Spokane CVB (Visit Spokane) wants to host you. Spokane wants to share its wine with YOU! Spokane is home […]

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