Anelare Introduces New Zio Label

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For nearly 10 years Anelare has kept production between below 1,000 cases and focused on big reds, but they’ve recently launched a new, lower-price brand called Zio. Much of the Zio production will be sold via a new partnership with Yoke’s Fresh Market — a small grocery chain based in Spokane. Their first release is a 2010 blend of Roussanne and Viognier, and the brand — an Italian word for “uncle” — is a tribute to family. One of their uncles is Earl Smart, a Tri-City wine professional who often pours at the Anelare tasting room. His signature beret has been incorporated […]

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Nectar Announces Food Expansion with Commercial Kitchen

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Nectar Tasting Room in downtown Spokane Washington (120 N. Stevens) is pleased to announce a partnership with Just a Couple of Mom’s Catering to install a commercial kitchen. With the addition of a kitchen, Nectar will be adding a made to order menu of appetizers and potential dinner options. “We have known that we needed to expand our food options for our customer base and for our event business. This opportunity to work with Just a Couple of Mom’s will continue to make Nectar a hot spot for Washington wine,” says owner Josh Wade. “We can’t wait to build and […]

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Introducing the New Kid on the Block

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Well, you may have heard that the original wine slinger, Ben Hilzinger, is moving on to rainier pastures in Seattle. Benny (as we affectionately call him) has been the face of Nectar for nearly 2 and 1/2 years. Check out my touching tribute to him here. After an exhaustive search, I am excited to announce that we have found our next Tasting Room Manager for Nectar.

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Farewell my Friend, Best Wishes Ben Hilzinger

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Every once in a while you meet someone who becomes incredibly special to you and your life. In January 2011, shortly after Nectar opened, a tall skinny, good looking kid came in and asked how he could help with Spokane Wine Magazine. He worked at Arbor Crest, Lindaman’s, and was very passionate about wine. I immediately got a good vibe about him and the fact that two very respected businesses hired him, said everything to me. After a brief conversation, I said, “how would you like a job at Nectar?” The rest is history!

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