Walking In a Wino Wonderland – Christmas Gifts for the Wine Lover

Do you have a wine lover on your Christmas list? Buying for a wine lover can be a serious challenge. If you buy them wine you run the risk of being ridiculed for your inadequate choice. If you buy them a typical gadget, it may be relegated to the drawer of wine charms and cork screws, put in the next garage sale, or worse yet, re-gifted to the crazy uncle. To help you in your gift giving for the wine lover in your life, I’ve got some fun, eclectic, novelty, and even some local ideas to help make your Christmas […]

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Twitter Helps Fight City Hall

This crazy business adventure began with a tweet and yesterday a twitter plea could lead to the solution that helps open Nectar Tasting Room in 2010. It seems as if no business opens without some sort of opposition, struggle and set back. Budget troubles, they don’t worry me; I can mitigate the budget by making different choices. Contractors, they just require constant monitoring. Backordered merchandise just sends me back to the drawing board. Disappearing designers, there is always someone else to jump in. City red tape… …stumped… City code, regulation, permits, all of these things are out of my control. […]

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Progress Report: Construction Delays and Collaboration

Everyone knows that when opening a business things never go according to plan and you always spend more than you budgeted. I wish I could say my adventure was different. My original goal was to have Nectar Tasting Room open with a soft launch by November 11 but as it stands now, we probably won’t even have lights, furniture, or a bar installed by then. I’m still keeping an optimistic outlook for a soft launch on Friday, November 26 and an all out marketing assault and opening party on December 3. After a full 10 days of delays and minimal […]

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Rebranding: DrinkNectar Becomes Nectar Wine Blog

As paint goes up on the walls at Nectar Tasting Room, it’s time to put up a new coat of paint here on the ol’ blawg. What started as a wine blog has grown into several business opportunities and adventures. Today marks the launch of the new brand(s). As you look around, you’ll see some redecorating as well. For example, I’ve better organized my wine reviews and created logical buckets to make finding information easier. The Brands In November 2009, I launched as DrinkNectar.com. With a picture taken in my basement hiding behind a wine glass and coffee cup, I […]

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Meet the Five Wineries of Nectar Tasting Room

The progress continues at Nectar Tasting Room. While not much physically changed this week, we did finalize the design, map out the electrical and lighting, choose flooring and pick paint colors (all in the video). This week I hope to see paint on the walls and progress on the rest. While I still aim to be open the weekend of 11/19-20, there are several things outside of my control (liquor board, licenses, and contractors). Today, I’d like to introduce you to the five wineries who will be participating in the shared space tasting room. The wineries represent five regions from […]

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