14 Feb 2012
Starting Thursday, February 16, Nectar Tasting Room is excited to announce they have more food options. Since opening in January 2011, Nectar has provided guests with a large or small meat and cheese tray. “We saw a need and listened to our guests who are looking for a few more options when it comes to food,” says owner Josh Wade. “While being a restaurant or wine bar is not our business model, we knew we could do more.” Nectar has expanded the relationship it has with local caterer Just a Couple of Moms and developed a partnership with restaurants within close proximity, Soulful Soups and Sushi.com. Wine lovers can now enjoy a baked brie plate, lamb skewers with blue cheese, a sushi sampler, or a cup of soup and beer bread in addition to the popular meat and cheese trays.
Nectar Tasting Room is a shared space of five Washington wineries from various regions across the state. Visitors can enjoy an educational wine tasting of five wines (rotates weekly), wine by the glass, and purchase wines to take home and enjoy as well. “We are a winery just like any local winery, we just happen to have 45 wines on the menu to choose from,” says Wade.
As the Beatles sang, “All You Need is Love.” I think they might have mean to add wine and chocolate too. Love, wine and chocolate – three things that calm chaos, diffuse differences, and elicit emotion. Nectar Tasting Room and the Spokane Winery Association have the perfect opportunity for you to impress your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day. Join us (and 19 other participating locations) for Spokane’s ValenWine Weekend, February 11-12.
Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 5pm each winery will be showcasing wines paired with chocolate. At Nectar Tasting Room each of our five showcased wines will be on sale and we will have FREE samples from Pixie Dust Chocolates and Sweet Frostings Cupcakes.
Looking for love? We’ve got you covered. Your wine loving lover will love the ValenWine pack of our custom Valentine’s wine label, flowers from Just Roses Plus and a chocolate pack from Pixie Dust Chocolates. Get all three for only $49.99.
Spice up your evening with a bottle of “Shameless Hussy” Barbera or “Good in Bed” Sparkling; 25% off two or more.
Need some divine sweet port to go with your dark chocolate. Enjoy the amazing Terra Blanca Port Forte.
Tasting fees apply ($5) and as always Club Nectar members taste for free.
Download the Spokane Winery Association map here
The Spokane Winery Association is an alliance of 19 Spokane-area wineries that work to promote regional wine products. The Spokane Winery Association’s mission is to promote communication and interaction between the wineries of Spokane, to promote economic development through winery tourism and to increase the awareness and profile of the wineries in the Spokane area. Members of the alliance produce an eclectic blend of distinctly Washington wines ranging from intense, rich reds and crisp whites to complex blends. For more information visit www.spokanewineries.net.
01 Feb 2012
January saw the start of our second year, our best weekend ever, and some great new initiatives at Nectar. In 2012 you will see more menu options, a greater focus on the wineries that share the space and more focus on renting out our great space. We have hired two talented event coordinators who will be booking out Nectar for birthdays, corporate events, fundraisers, and other fun activities just for you. Visit our PRIVATE EVENT RENTAL page and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your event. The month of love is here. See how Nectar is helping you celebrate your special someone with a month of fun events.
Thursday – How about a Groundhog’s Day special. Buy a glass of wine and get your second for 1/2 price. Stop by after work with a group of friends and enjoy. Mention the groundhog and save.
Friday – Nectar is a proud participant of the February Visual Arts tour. Enjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don’t forget the exceptional shopping and dining Downtown has to offer. At Nectar we are featuring of “Expression of Hope, Strength and Joy.” Local artists and photographers have paired with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise awareness of the wishes occurring in the community. Live music; Karrie O’Neill, singer and song writer, on acoustic guitar.
Saturday – Wine tasting in downtown Spokane is so much fun. Get out and enjoy some great wine at Nectar, Barrister, Caterina, Cougar Crest and more. If you’ve never done The Final Sip, stop by from 9-10 pm for a fun time with wine.
February 9-12 (All you need is love, wine and chocolate)
Saturday / Sunday – Wine, chocolate and flowers! Nectar joins the Spokane Winery Association for a weekend of love, wine and chocolate. Stop by at 11am on Saturday and Sunday for a fun wine tasting that includes chocolate pairings Pixie Dust Chocolates and FREE cupcake samples from Sweet Frostings. Each of the five wines in the tasting will be on special.
Need a special Valentines gift? Get our ValenWine gift pack that includes a custom label wine, flower arrangement from Just Roses Plus and chocolate (quantities limited).
MUSIC SATURDAY – Joe Caruso 6:30-9:30
Bring in your dead presidents and save for President’s day weekend.
Friday – Music from Mark Ward 6:30
Thursday – Closed for a private event
Friday / Saturday – Enjoy music from Eric Neuhauser on Friday and Olivia Brownlee on Saturday. Music starts at 6:30
18 Jan 2012
Prepare your palate for culinary pleasure. Nectar is pleased to announce the visit of the popular and acclaimed chef Frank Magana on January 29 for our first dinner of 2012. If you love wine and amazing food, you won’t be disappointed in this fabulous five course dinner.
Chef Magana gained a stellar reputation as the premier wine country chef in the Columbia Basin, Prosser and Yakima with his winery event catering and restaurant Picazo 717. Frank’s newest venture, Chef Magana Catering, continues that tradition and gets Frank back to his roots of working directly with wineries.
Wine and Dine with Chef Frank Magana January 29
This exclusive engagement is limited to 40 people at the beautiful Nectar Tasting Room at 120 N Stevens. Ticket prices include tax and 18% gratuity for Frank and his staff (small event processing fee added to ticket price).
$85 / $75 for Club Nectar members (and their guests)
Tapas Served Family Style
Tosta con Sardinas, Roasted Garlic Mushrooms, Cherry Chipotle Pork Empanadas
WINE: NW Cellars Unoaked Chardonnay or NW Cellars Brut Rose
Mixed Field Greens, Apples, Craisins, Grape Tomatoes,
Brown Butter Croutons and a White Balsamic Vinaigrette
WINE: Skylite Cellars 2010 Viognier
Pan Seared Shellfish Cakes with a Tangy Thai Aioli
(Scallops, Crab & Prawns)
WINE: Hard Row to Hoe Petit Verdot
Porcini Crusted Flat Iron Steak,
Gorgonzola Butter, Pancetta-Caramelized Onions
Sautéed Yukon Potato Gnocchi
WINE: 2009 Anelare Cabernet Sauvignon
Duet of Dessert:
Dried Cherry & Apricot Bread Pudding
WINE: Terra Blanca Port Forte
The San Francisco Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world. With a record-breaking 5,600 wine entries from 1,379 wineries from more than 25 states, 65 judges from many aspects of the wine industry met in Cloverdale, Calif., to determine the top wines of the year.
A quick look at the list of winners reveals another very strong showing for Washington wines. The highest recognition going to Barnard Griffin as the 2011 Rose of Sangiovese sweepstakes winner for that category. Other Washington wineries winning “Best in Class” are:
- Dry Riesling > 2010 Chateau St. Michelle Riesling $9
- All other white wine > Nicola’s Redmark 2009 Table wine $10
- Grenache > 2009 Maryhill Proprietors Reserve Grenache $19.95
- Cabernet $20-$25 > 2009 Milbrandt The Estates Cabernet $24.99
- All other reds up to $20 > Kiona 2009 Lemberger $11.99
One of our very own Nectar Tasting Room wineries scored well at the SFWC too! A huge congratulations to Walla Walla’s Skylite Cellars for the following recognition. Two of these wines are new to Nectar, so you better stop on by and give them a try.
- GOLD – 2008 Walla Walla Valley Soiree (Category: All Other Red Varietals/Blends – up to $19.99)
- SILVER – 2007 Yakima Valley Minnick Vineyard (Category: Syrah/Shiraz – $25.00 to $29.99)
- SILVER – 2007 Walla Walla Valley Estate (Category: Merlot – $25.00 to $29.99)
Skylite’s wine maker, Robert Smasne also received some top recognition in a very high quality category. Congrats Robert:
- GOLD – 2008 Owens Reserve (Category: Bordeaux – $50 and over)
- GOLD – 2008 Carmenere (Category: All other red – $20 and over)
- SILVER – 2009 Grenache (Category: Grenache)
See the complete list of award winners at winejudging.com