Anelare Winery Opens New Tasting Room

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Nectar Tasting Room participant Anelare Winery is pleased to announce the opening of their new tasting room and event facility in Benton City, WA. For about a year Anelare had no tasting room presence in their production region after moving out of a shared space with Canon del Sol. Winery partners Forrest and Kahryn Alexander bought a piece of property across from the Red Mountain region, sold their house in the Tri-Cities and began to pursue their vision of a permanent place to call home. Located on the Kiona hill overlooking Red Mountain vineyards and wineries, the existing barn on […]

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Spokane Wineries Score Big at Seattle Wine Awards

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The Seattle Wine Awards is considered by many to be Washington’s premier wine judging competition. Hundreds of wineries across the state submit thousands of wines to be reviewed by a panel of prestigious judges. Each wine is judged on a 20 point score and the top wines are awarded medals of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Double Gold. Double Gold wines represent the best of the best in the category. The 2014 Seattle Wine Award results are in and Spokane wineries and wine tasting rooms score big bringing home a total of 49 medals including 20 Double Gold. While not every […]

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May Food Flight of the Month

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Each month we let Chef Paloma of Just a Couple of Moms Catering surprise us with a new themed Food Flight for our menu. With Spring in the air, chef used this as her inspiration for the Spring Launch Flight. Tasty Hummus, roasted garlic, cream cheese pesto torte, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, the perfect start to a fabulous spring. Pair this flight with the 2013 Anelare Ciel du Cheval White, 2013 Hard Row to Hoe Pinot Gris, 2013 Northwest Cellars Sonatina, 2013 Skylite Cellars Sierra, or the 2012 Terra Blanca Sauvignon Blanc. All Food Flights are designed to be shared. We […]

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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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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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