WA Merlot Mash Up

“No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!” This oft quoted line from Miles in the 2004 movie Sideways, single handedly sent Merlot (MARE-low) prices plummeting (while simultaneously causing a renewed interest in Pinot Noir). Now the Rodney Dangerfield of grapes, Merlot is striving to make a come back. At www.merlotwine.com Washington State is listed second, behind France, as premier Merlot growing areas. Geeky fact: Merlot is the second most planted grape in the world (excluding cheap jug varietals Thompson Seedless and Airen) Today’s review is a mash up, show down between three well known Washington producers. They represent Eastern, Central, and […]

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The Dude's Guide To Wine Part 1 of 4

“Dude, pass the Pinot.” This is a statement rarely heard where guys gather across America. Walk into any bar, join any football party, or attend any poker game and you’ll see that the average dude is not consuming wine. Pilsners are preferred over Pinots and talking about NAPA means the auto parts store. This post is for the dudes you know. This series of posts aims to provide the basic wine information to the NASCAR watching, Dale Earnhardt loving, Budweiser swilling, Copenhagen chewing, Hustler reading man! “Why should I know about wine?” Well, dudes, I’ll give you three good reasons. 1) Success At some point in life […]

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Episode #15 Whitestone Winery

An accidental discovery or a destiny finally fulfilled? Hailed as one of the best growing regions in the state in 1970 remained virtually unplanted until the accidental discovery in 1992. Walter and Judy Haig were flipping through a scrapbook from the original homesteader that listed an old US Agriculture map identifying what crops were planted in 1900.  Wine grapes were on the list.The journey to fulfill the lands destiny began. The lower Lake Roosevelt area formed by the Grand Coulee Dam creates the perfect microclimate for growing Bordeaux varietal grapes. The long summers, cool nights and extended growing season allow for maximum hang time […]

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Episode #14 Taste Cafe Spokane

The thermometer read a brisk 20 degrees and my shoes were wet from the snow piled up on the streets. The place was filling up. Jane mentioned to a customer that she didn’t think they would be busy this morning with the frightful weather. The customer replied, “well, the food is just that good.” The food is “just that good.” This beautiful jewel at 180 S. Howard in Downtown Spokane is a savory and sweet treat not to be missed. Taste Cafe & Gourmet To Go opened their doors in February 2009. Mother and daughter, Jane and Hannah Heber, dreamed of providing a modern comfortable […]

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Stop, Drop and Scroll

Thanks for stopping by. I just wanted to post this quick note to all the new visitors to the site today. My name is Josh and my passion is wine, coffee and writing about them.Take a look around the site. I think you’ll find a unique take on reviews that are creative, funny, witty, entertaining as well as informative. I don’t take myself too seriously, but I do take my wine and coffee seriously. You’ll find local wine and coffee reviews, winery visits, social media tips, and stuff to make wine accessible to everyone! Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/nectarwine and […]

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