From the Grape to the Glass Pt 4: Press to Barrel

Work, wait, work, wait, work like heck, wait, work, wait, enjoy! This seems to be the order of the winemaking process. Add in a lot of cleaning and a lot of beer and you’ve got some good wine. For the last several months we’ve been following the 2010 Bacchus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Barrister winery. The 2010 vintage has kept owners Greg Lipsker and Michael White on their toes. In their 10 years as winemakers, 2010 will go down as the most challenging. The cool season kept the fruit on the vine longer than normal. Harvesting on November 4 yielded […]

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I Am Thankful for YOU

On a day that is characterized by food, wine, football and family, we have so much to be thankful for. Our world has gone through quite a bit of stress and struggle over the last several years. With war, financial hardship and political division all around us, family and friends are cherished now more than ever. I am thankful for you. You read this blog regulary. You visit, you comment, and you interact with me. You are the reason I am opening a business in 30 days and you are the reason I write every night. Sound cheesy? Sure, but […]

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Decadent Divine and Delicious Prize Package

Quick, name four things you want right now! I bet you said, “Decadent chocolate, divine fresh roasted coffee, delicious red wine, and a dreamy one hour massage.” Have I got a deal for you! We want to invite all of Spokane to enjoy Nectar Tasting Room and we need your help. As a little incentive, we’re giving away a deliciously decadent and divine package to one lucky winner! WINNER ANNOUNCED! Congratulations to Sara Morrison of Spokane, WA! You have been randomly selected as our Divine, Decadent, and Delicious prize package winner. Check your email box for details. Thanks for your support […]

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Happy Birthday Dear Wine Blog

365 days ago, I began this little wine blog adventure. The inspiration was a Gary Vaynerchuk’s book, Crush It – Why Now is the Time To Cash In On Your Passion. The motivation was the branding of an eventual coffee and wine bar in Spokane, WA. The result has been a wild and humbling ride that has led to far more than I could have imagined. In one respect it is hard to believe that a year has already gone by, in another, it is overwhelming to think of everything that has happened. If I were to boil the year […]

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From the Grape to the Glass Pt 3: Harvest and Crush

In August we began following the 2010 Barrister Winery Bacchus Cabernet Sauvignon from the grape to the glass. The 2010 vintage has been a nail-biter and with grapes being harvested on November 4, Barrister owners Greg Lipsker and Michael White waited until the last possible minute to get as much flavor in the grape as possible. Harvest time has arrived, now the work begins. Part 1: Progress Reports Part 2: The Science of Grapes The Bacchus Cabernet vines, planted in 1972, are some of the oldest in the state. Wineries like Longshadows, Efeste, Walla Walla Vintners, and Barrister bring in […]

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