Five Wine Tasting Tips For Wine Newbies

Guest blog from wine slinger Ben Hilzinger Anyone from the smelly shmuck sitting beside you on the bus to the overworked soccer mom behind you in line at the shopping mall would agree that in order to taste wine, you must drink it first.  Not everyone, however, understands that drinking doesn’t necessarily mean tasting. For those who do know the difference, wine tasting, as an event, can be very intimidating.  Ever since a banished, suicidal harem to the King of Persia drank a bottle of spoiled grapes labeled “poison” only finding the effects changing her mood completely, winemakers have allowed […]

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Wine An Open Letter to the Millennial Generation

Guest blog post from Ben Hilzinger While rummaging through some papers in my desk the other day, I found a letter from a great friend of mine.  I thought some of my fellow young readers might find it interesting. Hey Ben, I’m really not doing so hot…perhaps a little insecure if you will.  I feel underappreciated and underestimated by a lot of the younger generation.  What gives?  I mean, am I wrong in thinking that wine has its place with the kiddos too – with which the ‘legally-aged challenged’ title does not apply?  I’m gonna ramble now Ben, but tell […]

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Look Mom, I’m on Pay Per View TV

I’ve been a lot of things in life, but this is the first time I’ve been a pay per view TV channel!  I recently taught a class for Spokane’s LaunchPadINW called Planting the Seeds of Social Media Success (Part 1). The fine people at Web Share Live stopped by and filmed the 90 minute seminar. Now, through the magic of the interwebs you can watch the class from the comfort of your bunny slippers and snuggie. For the mere cost of $39 you have unlimited access to the class now through April 5. Watch it in chunks, watch it a […]

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Get Listed – SEO for Better Conversion

I’ve been on an SEO / SEM (search engine marketing) kick lately. As a new business owner, I’m starting to see the value of proper placement, key search term optimization, and Google (or Bing) ranking. In a previous post I wrote about how properly tagged blog posts can generate long term recurring traffic and how Google loves linkbacks (being referenced in other people’s blog posts). With Nectar Tasting Room opening, I’m more in tune with how people can find me online and being a part of the search terms people are using for wine tasting and wine events in Spokane. […]

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Nectar Monthly Honors – January 2011

For thirteen month’s I’ve compiled a list of my favorite things across the interwebs, twitterverse and bloggersphere. I’ve used these “Nectar Honors” posts as a way to archive the monthly happenings in my life and in the wine world (at least the wine world as I see it). While January was bar none the busiest month of my life, it has not gone by without its sacrifices. One, my personal life and two, routine blog posts seem to be the two main casualties dashed on the floor like spilled glasses of wine. The build-up, branding and marketing of the last […]

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