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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Spokane’s Townshend Cellar

So, here I am sitting in the tasting room, with an amazing view of the hills north of Spokane. Like a typical Spring day in the Northwest, the clouds are simultaneously flirting with rain and sunshine. I’m sipping on a 2002 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with the wine maker. The wine has JUST NOW been released. How many wineries that you know are releasing their 2002 wines in 2009/2010? Townshend Cellars has grown from a small production boutique winery to a powerhouse of quality producing over 20,000 cases per year from a selection of 20+ wines. Located 20 miles North […]

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Wine Blogger Award Nominations

Disclaimer from the nomination site: The nomination period is April 1-7, 2010. Nominations will be open to the public and will be made via this website. Each blog nominated for a category will be included in the selection process; additional nominations for a blog in the same category will have no effect. Once a blog is nominated for a category there is no reason to nominate it again. The 2010 Wine Blog Award nominations are under way. The winners will be announced at the 2010 Wine Bloggers conference in Walla Walla, WA.  Yes, there is a Wine Bloggers conference. Yes, they even […]

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10 Signs You’re Addicted To Blog Stats

Hello, my name is Josh and I’m addicted to Google Analytics. This is a post to help fellow bloggers identify their addiction. If you answer yes to 3 or less, then you’re safe. If you find yourself agreeing with 3-5, you may want to continue watching for the warning signs of addiction. For those bloggers reading this that can relate to 6-9 of the addictions signs, you should consider admitting yourself in to the G.A.A (Google analytics anonymous). You will find a strong support group to help break free from the bonds of addiction. For those that can relate to […]

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In My Opinion, Your Opinion Sucks

In My Opinion, Your Opinion Sucks While not always successful, I try to live by a few key phrases: “Will it matter a month from now (or even a year from now)?” ~ Worry “The greatest treasure is having someone to share it with” ~ Family “All things are permissible but not all things are beneficial” ~ Balance Lately I’ve been thinking about two other principles as they relate to blogging, twitter and wine. Let me tell you both and then I’ll explain them. When given a choice, being nice is always the best option Opinions are like assholes, we all have […]

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