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18 Sep

Eternal Wines and Drink Washington State Have a New Home

September 3rd, 2017 — For Immediate Release: Eternal Wines and Drink Washington State have a new home, and a return to the airport.

Since the first harvest in 2014 for Eternal and Drink Washington State, Brad Binko has moved his production each year. “This is huge for us! We will finally be able to have all our production, case storage, and equipment under one roof.” Each year they have also increased production to keep up with the demands of their customers, and this will allow them room to grow.

The incubators are a set of 5 units owned by the Port of Walla Walla that were designed to help new wineries take off. There is a maximum of 6 years that you are allowed to stay there. The rent starts low and increases each year essentially pushing you out the door.

Brad said they plan on keeping the downtown tasting room, located at 9 S 1st Avenue in Walla Walla, and will open the tasting room at the airport in the spring of 2018. The incubator that they will be moving into is currently hosting Burwood brewery. That brewery is about to move into their new facility, which was custom built for their needs, just down the street.

Brad Binko, who is also a certified Sommelier, graduated from the Enology and Viticulture program in June, 2016. Eternal Wines is focused on single vineyard Rhone varietals, while Drink Washington State is focused on blends from Washington and is AVA specific. They have received numerous awards and 90 point scores, along with being named “Wines Next Generation” by the Seattle Times and “1 of 5 Wineries to watch in Washington” by SIP Northwest.

The tasting room hours downtown are Thursday through Saturday 12-8pm, and Sunday through Wednesday 12-7pm. They feature live music at least once a week. For more information you can visit www.EternalWine.com or www.DrinkWashington.wine or call (509) 240-6258.

 

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29 Aug

So much great news! New winery location, huge write up by SIP Northwest and harvest is here!

Harvest is upon us!

Wow! This last week has just been amazing! I really don’t even know what to start with so I guess I’ll go in chronological order. Eternal and Drink Washington State were just named 1 of 5 up and coming wineries in Washington State. This is an amazing honor and solidifies all the hard work, traveling, tastings and shows I do. It’s always a great feeling when people take notice of what you are doing and the message that you are sending. The article is viewable here by SIP Northwest. I see my message as “Hello wine world! We are here and we are not going anywhere but up!”

On that note, we have a new winery! We will be moving production for both labels into the incubators at the Walla Walla airport. This is an awesome opportunity for us as we have moved our production each of the first 4 years in business. It will be too late to do harvest there this year, but we are anticipating moving in by December 1st. The incubators are amazing since I will now for the first time be able to have our barrel storage, case storage, empty glass and equipment all under one roof. Plus we acquire another tasting room! That being said, we are not moving out from our downtown location. We will at first only use the airport tasting room for special events as it’s larger than our downtown space.

All 3 of our single vineyard Syrah received 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. To celebrate, we are offering free shipping on all orders of our Syrah (2 bottle min). We are also offering a special onetime only pricing on a case sampler pack; only $625. We also are offering a ½ case package and an exclusive engraved wine box set with all 3 for $250! We are running very low on our Syrah and they will not last long. You can order wines here.

We will continue to have live music at least once a week for the summer. Ivan Huera and Robert Gomez, AKA Zemog Otrebor are now on regular rotation in the tasting room as their unique styles make them local favorites. Mari Gisele and Kori Ailene will be first time performers in September. Join us for both of these amazing female artists. Free live music is from 5:30-7:30pm. Just a reminder that we always offer $5 glass pours of our Drink Washington State white wines, Eternal Beauty Rose and Sangrias!

With harvest on the verge of beginning, we will be doing less out of town events. We will pick back up with the weekly out of town pouring’s in January of 2018.

UPCOMING EVENTS 2017:

8/31/17, 5:30-7:30pm. Acoustic and ukulele live music at our tasting room by Ivan Huerta.

9/2/17, 5:30-7:30 pm. Live Music at our tasting room by Zemog Otrebor AKA Robert Gomez.

9/7/17, 5:30-7:30pm. Mari Gisele plays live in our downtown tasting room.

9/9/17, 5:30-7:30pm. Kori Ailene will be joining us from Spokane as she brings her unique vocals and acoustic guitar set at downtown tasting room.

9/12/17, 5pm. 5-course dinner with winemaker Brad Binko at the Point Casino  7989 NE Salish Ln, Kingston, WA 98346

9/14/17, 5:30-7:30pm. Acoustic and ukulele live music at our tasting room by Ivan Huerta.

9/16/17, 5:30-7:30 pm. Live Music at our tasting room by Zemog Otrebor AKA Robert Gomez.

9/19/17 Adam West Day! We will have special memorabilia available in our tasting room honoring the first and the best Batman, Adam West

9/28/17, 5:00-8:00pm. Water 2 Wine Tasting Cruise with winemaker Brad Binko. Docks in Kennewick, WA.

11/6/17 4:30-7:00 pm. Rising Stars pouring in Seattle, WA.

11/11/17, 7:00-10:00 pm. 39th Annual TriCities Wine Festival. Three Rivers Convention Center Kennewick.

 

As always thanks for reading.

 

-Drink Wine Be Happy

Brad Binko

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29 Aug

Port chooses newest entrant to wine incubators As expected, Eternal Wines and Drink Washington State was chosen for the space.

A Walla Walla winery with two brands will have a new spot as a tenant at the Airport District incubator space.

Brad Binko’s Eternal Wines and Drink Washington State will slide into the space at 602 Piper Ave. currently occupied by Burwood Brewing.

This article is found in the Union Bulletin Newspaper on August 25th, written by Vicki Hilllhouse

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4 Jul

Pole Dancing Fitness Class, 90 pt scores, Gold medals and more

Greetings from sunny Walla Walla,

 

July is here and so is the heat. We now see daily temperatures in the 90’s. The vines are growing higher and higher towards the sun daily, and we are starting to think about harvest perpetration.   June was a great month for us as we continued to grow our wine club and award list.

 

We will continue to have live music at least once a week for the summer. Ivan Huera and Robert Gomez, AKA Zemog Otrebor, are now on regular rotation in the tasting room as their unique styles make them local favorites. Live music will be playing 5:30-7:30pm. Just a reminder that we always offer $5 glass pours of our Drink Washington State white wines, Eternal Beauty Rose and Sangrias!

 

Our Eternal Perspective Grenache Blanc is on fire! Last month it won 2 gold medals (Washington Wine Comp, Walla Walla Comp.), a double gold (Seattle Wine Awards) and 2 90 point scores (WWB, IWR)! We only made 42 cases of this and it’s been going fast! Only $30 a bottle, and available for shipping.

 

We have a lot of really fun events coming up in the tasting room in addition to live music. We have a pole dancing fitness class hosted by Jacki who won the 2015 pole dancing championship. There will also be a live poetry and spoken word event in August. In addition, we will also be having a wine club member party. Stay tuned for more on this if you are in the Good Vibes Club.

 

I also just posted my latest interview with Dan at Taste Washington Travel. He stopped by the tasting room to discuss awards, future goals, and meet our winery dog Picasso. Click here to see this interview and others.

 

I will be pouring at some really cool events this month. If you are in Spokane, Walla Walla, or Seattle stop by and say hello!

UPCOMING EVENTS 2017:

7/5/17, 6-7:30pm. Pole and fitness class with Jacki at our tasting room.

7/8/17, 5:30-7:30 pm. Live Music at our tasting room by Zemog Otrebor, AKA Robert Gomez.

7/9/17-7/11/17 Somm Summit, Seattle WA.

7/13/17, 5:30-7:30pm. Live Music at our tasting room by Ivan Huerta.

7/22/17, 5:30-7:30 pm. Live Music at our tasting room by Zemog Otrebor, AKA Robert Gomez.

7/23/17. Vintage Spokane Pouring at the Davenport Hotel.

7/28, 6-9pm. Owner/ Winemaker Brad Binko will be pouring at the SnoValley Art Gallery for Finally Friday Art & Wine Walk.

8/5/17, 5-10pm. Bellingham Wine Competition.  Owner/ Winemaker Brad Binko will be pouring at this event.

8/17/17, 5pm. We will host Green Drinks in the tasting room.

9/12/17, 5pm. 5 course dinner with winemaker Brad Binko at the Point Casino.

11/11/17, 7-10pm. 39th Annual TriCities Wine Festival. Three Rivers Convention Center Kennewick.
Our tasting room at 9 S 1st Ave in downtown Walla Walla is open 7 days a week! Sundays- Wednesdays, 12-7pm, and Thursdays-Saturdays, 12-8pm.
As always thanks for reading.

 

-Drink Wine Be Happy

Brad Binko

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22 Jun

A Visit to Eternal Wines and Drink Washington State

The complete article is found here.

By Dan Clarke

In the matter of tasting wines, the bell curve comes to mind.

In my own version of this theory, about 90% of what you taste is just . . . wine.

Certainly, some examples are better than others, but this large category doesn’t lend itself to instant judgements. Enough concentration is necessary to analyze and rate these wines to nearly rob any pleasure from the exercise. It’s easier on the fringes, where maybe 5% of what you taste is lousy and another 5% really lights up your day. A wine from that latter category led to my meeting Brad Binko.

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4 Jun

THE HARDEST-WORKING MAN IN WINE! INTERVIEW WITH BRAD BINKO OF ETERNAL WINES & DRINK WASHINGTON STATE (PART THREE)

Brad Binko only just started his winery, Eternal Wines in 2014, but he already has a second label, Drink Washington State Wines.  Stop by his tasting room in downtown Walla Walla at 9 South 1st Avenue (just a couple of doors down from Sweet Basil Pizza) to taste his dazzling array of whites and reds. Brad will be pouring his wines at CBRC Tennis in Richland, WA on June 9th and at the Grand Syrah Tasting in Walla Walla on June 16th. Don’t miss out on his fabulous winemaker dinner at the Point Casino in Kingston, WA on September 21st.  To read Part One of this interview, click here. Part Two can be found here. 

WALLA WALLA WINE LIMO: Can you talk about the unique community among winemakers and the wineries here in Walla Walla?

BRAD BINKO: It’s unreal. It’s amazing. So supportive. It’s awesome. It’s unlike any other community ever. It really is. If you need something or you have a question, you can ask people and they’ll give you an honest answer. That just doesn’t happen in other communities. You don’t see the CEO of McDonalds asking the CEO of Burger King how to make burgers (laughs).

WWWL: And it doesn’t seem like they have that kind of community in other wine regions. People elsewhere would be like, “He’s my competitor, I can’t help him!”

BRAD: That’s because it’s not competitive in a cutthroat kind of way. Sure, there’s a certain competitiveness which comes with wanting to make the best wine.

WWWL: You of course want to get better scores, better reviews than your buddies.

BRAD: Sure, but if you’re making good wine, I’ll support you. I don’t care if the wine got an 88 or a 94. It doesn’t matter to me. If you’re a good person and you’re making good wine I’ll support it.

WWWL: Talk about the wines you like to drink when you’re not at work. What’s in your wine cellar?

BRAD: Most of my cellar is early 2000s Napa Cabs. That’s kind of what I’ve been getting into lately. They don’t suck (laughs).

WWWL: What producers?

BRAD: I’m a big fan of Arrowood. Nickel and Nickel is good. I like the Robert Sinskey wines. Old school producer, those are good values. I’ve also got a couple of old ones from Dominus, a couple hundred pointers that I’m sitting on, waiting for the right time to open them.

WWWL: 100 pointers!

BRAD: 100 point wines, yes. I mean, what does 100 point wine taste like?

WWWL: Well, that’s a perfect score, so the wine should be perfect I guess! My problem with wines over a certain price point is that there’s just too much room to be disappointed. For that kind of money I want the wine to wash my car, do the dishes…the expectations are so high.

BRAD: Sure, the wine should also give you a massage and put you to bed! I hear ya.

WWWL: Tell us about some of your current releases. They’re not distributed, right?

BRAD: I’m self-distributed actually. That means I’m making every contact myself, hand-delivering every case of wine personally. That’s what keeps me on the road so often. Trips to Seattle, Spokane and all over the state.

WWWL: You’re the hardest working guy in wine!

BRAD: (laughs) I’ll take that. Maybe I should start marketing that
catchphrase! (laughs).

WWWL: So with the self-distribution it’s not exactly what one would call “widely distributed” I suppose.

BRAD: True. There’s literally like a place in Renton and a place in Everett and a place in Kent that you can find my wine.

WWWL: You’ve got a white wine, a Roussanne, that sells for $40! That’s pretty unique. You don’t see many whites in that price range. But it’s selling well.

BRAD: The Roussanne does well. It got great scores, it’s won awards. It’s been a good wine for me. It sells mostly at the tasting room. I babysat that wine for two years – nobody babysits a white wine for two years! That just doesn’t happen. I get excited doing different things, trying new things.

WWWL:So when you say you “babysat” the wine you mean that you refined it, made changes to it to get it to where it’s how you wanted it?

BRAD: That’s right. It spent two years in the barrel. Every month I top my wines, sometimes every two weeks in the offseason. When I do that, I stir the barrels and the lees get stirred up. It creates a bigger, broader mouth feel.

WWWL: And eventually it tasted like you had envisioned?

BRAD: It’s a fun transformation, it really is. At first it tastes vibrant and fresh and spicy, kind a racy wine. And over time it mellows and it gets these big broad, nutty characteristics. “Oh hello, you’re so much more than I thought you could be”. It’s a fun wine.

WWWL: That’s a good story. Have you had a wine where you made a lot of changes and no matter what you did, you just couldn’t get it right?

BRAD: For sure. I had that happen with my Red Mountain Cab. It was a wine that I had a battle with I guess. It was the most expensive fruit I had bought and I had a vision for what it could be. But it just wasn’t turning out like that by itself, so the fruit ended up going into my Rocketman Red. It ended up working out fine, but I had to blend it with some other things. So the Rocketman Red ended up being a better value than I had planned, but that’s OK.

WWWL: With all the wines you make, you’re sourcing grapes from many many vineyards. What kind of research goes into deciding where you’re gonna buy your grapes from?

BRAD: Honestly, it’s a lot of tasting wine. It’s about tasting wine from that wineyard, cause if you taste wine from that vineyard and it’s big and bold and tannic and you’re trying to make a fruit-forward “finesse wine” maybe you’re looking in the wrong place (laughs). It’s just not gonna work. But seriously, you’ve gotta taste the wine, you’ve gotta taste the soil.

WWWL: It helps that you’ve got a sophisticated palette, you’ve tasted a lot of really good wine.

BRAD: Definitely. That helps a lot. Sometimes I’ll brainstorm, taste the wine and if I know who made it, I might get in touch and talk to them and ask them about the grapes from certain years, find out what they liked and what they didn’t like. I’ll try to find out as much as I can before I start making the wine because once you start making the wine it’s on a path and you want it to stay on that path as long as possible.

WWW: So when you’re talking to the people from a particular vineyard and they’re asking a certain price for their grapes, how do you know that that’s a good value? How did you learn whether or not buying particular grapes is a good deal?

BRAD: Experience and tasting the wine. It really comes down to tasting the wine from winemakers you trust, ones that you respect and you can understand what they’re doing. It all really comes down to tasting the wine. It’s as simple as that. If you’re tasting a lot of Red Mountain Cabernet and it’s tasting really good to you, well guess what, don’t go to Snipes Mountain for Cabernet, go to Red Mountain!

WWWL: Tell us about your Carmenere.

BRAD: It’s a fun wine. I had noticed that people in Walla Walla were really loving Carmenere and loving different varietals. One of the most unique things about Walla Walla is that t’s not just about Cab, Merlot and Syrah. Those are great, but the wine buyers and drinkers in Walla Walla want something different, they want to taste something new. Carmenere is a great grape. It’s food-friendly and it’s got a great story behind it. It does well in Walla Walla. There’s just a handful of producers that are bottling single vineyard Carmenere in Walla Walla. I’m enjoying seeing that and I wanted to be part of it.

WWWL: The problem I’ve always had with Carmernere is that they’re all $45+ and to me it’s not such an approachable wine right off the bat. It seems like more of an acquired taste – and it’s hard to acquire that taste when the entry-level wines of that varietal are that expensive. But your Drink Washington State Carmenere is just $26. At that price point, it was a lot easier for me to develop a taste for it.

BRAD: That’s cool. That’s the great thing about the Drink Washington State wines. Even though it’s bigger production, I’m gonna do some smaller lots of different things and people like that. I like that. I don’t think I’d be happy if I didn’t make each wine varietal at least once.

WWWL: There’s an interesting story behind your Rocketman Red. You picked all that fruit yourself, right?

BRAD: Yes, me and a few buddies from the EV program went out and picked the fruit ourselves. Typically I’d buy the fruit and I’d pick it up after it had already been picked. But all the grapes that went into that bottling of the Rocketman Red, we went out to the vineyards and picked ourselves.

WWWL: So how would you know which grapes to pick and which ones not to pick?

BRAD: That’s something you learn in the wine program. We were taught what to pick and what not to pick, how to identify diseases and such. Going out and picking the grapes ourselves was not only fun, but part of the learning curve.

WWWL: Kind of like a class trip!

BRAD: (laughs) Yup. We went up to Gamache Vineyard, about an hour and a half from here and loaded up three truckloads.

WWWL: So there’s no wine you won’t make?

BRAD: Well…

WWWL: So when’s your White Zinfandel coming out?

BRAD: I can guarantee I won’t be making White Zinfandel! Barbera and Pinot Grigio are two others I probably won’t make. Too acidy to me. But you never know. I had a customer once who all he drank was White Zinfandel. I tried as hard as I could to get him into other wines, whites, reds, everything, but it didn’t work. That’s when I realized that some people just don’t want to be saved!

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1 Jun

Wines of the Week – Eternal Wines, Eternal Patience and Eternal Sunshine from Walla Walla, Washington

Wines of the Week – Eternal Wines, Eternal Patience and Eternal Sunshine from Walla Walla, Washington

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Planning a trip to Walla Walla? Eternal Wines must be on your itinerary. 

Over the last year, I have come to know winemaker Brad Binko of Eternal Wines and Drink Washington State. He is talented, friendly and supremely dedicated to Washington wine. You can taste the passion in every bottle of wine Brad makes.

Last month I visited with Brad in his downtown Walla Walla tasting room. Located on 1st Avenue, half a block from Main Street, and two doors down from a tasty cupcake bakery. Easy to find, and full of delicious wines and light. You can’t miss visiting this cool space.

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Brad Binko, Eternal Wines, pouring rose’ for guests.

Mr. Binko has a full set of wines available to taste and purchase at his tasting room. I’ll get into more detail about Brad and some of his other wines in a future post. When you drop by his tasting room, tell him Wild 4 Washington Wine sent you. Check out their website as they host special tastings and sometimes have live music.

Today, I’m Strongly Recommending two limited production, varietal specific white wines. The 2014 Eternal Patience Roussanne and 2015 Eternal Sunshine Viognier. Both stunners. These wines were fantastic alone and wonderful paired with food. I had to remind myself to take notes, I was so enamored of both wines.

Eternal Wines
9 S. 1st Ave
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Open for tastings 7 days a week Sun- Weds 12-7pm Thurs-Sat 12-8pm
May be different hours during winter months (Dec-Feb)

phone: 509-240-6258

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Eternal Patience 2014 Roussanne 2014 Walla Walla Valley AVA

Color: Straw, golden highlights.
Nose: Toasty, honeydew melon, light orange blossom, creme brule’.
Palate: Orange zest, melon, almond, medium-light on the palate, fresh, textured on the cheeks, tingle on the lips, quite pretty medium-short finish with melon ball, almond and tart orange. Put me in the mind for Sunday brunch with eggs Benedict. Like.

Day two: Toasted sesame seed with honey, ripe peach skin, lemon custard, river rock, hazelnut on the nose. Yum! Creamy delicious, delicate hazelnut, filled with lemon buttercream, fresh spike mid-palate, stone fruit with river rock into the tingly finish. Well done. Screamed for lobster and king crab or fried trout. Pretty darn good alone too. Big like.

Thoughts: I don’t consider myself an expert on Roussanne. Most of the Roussanne I drink is in blends with Marsanne and or Viognier. This is a standout expression of the variety and a must try for anyone curious about 100% Roussanne. Well done Mr. Binko. This bad boy is ready to drink now and over the next 5 years.
Strongly Recommended. 

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Eternal Patience Roussanne with fried pork chop.



Blend: 100% Roussanne
AVA: Walla Walla Valley
Aged 2 years in French oak on original lees
Production 80 cases
SRP: $40
ABV: 14.5%
Closure: Natural Cork
Sample provided by winery

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Eternal Sunshine 2015 Viognier Walla Walla Valley

Nose: Fresh, river rock, toast, washed peach, honey on the nose.
Palate: Stone fruit, ripe peach to orange marmalade, enjoyable weight, tartness under tongue, orange emphasis on the fresh finish. Lovely. Delicious paired with broiled halibut. So. My. Speed.

Day two: Comparable to day one. Acid more present, melon-orange, fresh tingle on finish. Delicious drinking wine.

Day three: Stone fruit, melon, orange, touch of nuttiness. Drank.

Thoughts: This was my style of Viognier. If you don’t know Washington Viognier, you must seek out this wine. Drink alone or serve with seafood, pork, baked chicken, Asian cuisine, or a plate of cheese and crackers. Well done Brad. Almost forgot to take tasting notes I was so engrossed in this wine and the food pairing.
Strongly Recommended.

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Eternal Sunshine Viognier with broiled halibut and peas.



Blend: 100% Viognier
AVA: Walla Walla Valley
Aged in French oak for 12 months.
Production 30 cases
SRP: $35
ABV: 14.5%
Closure: Natural Cork
Sample provided by winery

Stay tuned. I hope to have more time and energy to start catching up on wine reviews. More to share about Eternal Wines and Brad Binko soon.

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Eternal Wines and Drink Washington State.

*Related post: June 14, 2016 Eternal Wines First Releases.

Cheers!

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18 May

Drink Washington State scores 90 and 89 points!

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2014 Drink Washington State Cabernet- The 2014 Drink Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon is a fantastic blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Carmenere from the Wahluke Slope. This wine begins with aromatics of black tea, black pepper, black cherry and anise accents. There are ripe flavors of red currant, red cherry, black raspberry with hints of coffee grounds. This has a nice combination of balance and fruit from this warm vintage. -Drink 2017-2023- 89

2014 Drink Washington State ‘Walla Walla’ Carmenere-The Carmenere bottling by Drink Washington State and head winemaker Brad Binko shines from this excellent 2014 vintage. This is composed of 97% Carmenere, 3% Cabernet Franc and begins with aromatics of smoked meats, green bell pepper, black cherry and dried sage. There are flavors reminiscent of black cherry, crushed mint, sage, coffee grounds and black tea. The herbaceousness of this Carmenere continues to show through the finish. Drink 2017-2023- 90

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26 Feb

Drink Washington State First Releases by Winemaker Brad Binko

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There’s a new winemaker in Walla Walla, Washington, by the name of Brad Binko. Write that name down. Now go look for his wines.

“Life is about stories so let’s go make one!” Brad Binko

Brad is a big guy, with a friendly smile and warm personality. He’s quick to shake your hand and ready to talk wine. I enjoyed meeting Brad and enjoyed tasting his first releases. First releases? Yep, Brad has done a wonderful job crafting white, rose’ and red wines. I’m quite impressed at the quality, depth of flavor, maturity of style and his cool label designs. Have you written down his name yet?

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Brad Binko is a Certified Sommelier and today is making small lots of terroir driven Washington wines. He focuses on Rhone Varietals and single vineyard wines using native fermentation, extended maceration, and non-intrusive wine-making techniques. Eternal Wines only uses hand harvested fruit from premium vineyards. Production is at 400 cases.

Brad Binko studied winemaking at the Center for Enology and Viticulture on the campus of Walla Walla Community College. Formerly the assistant winemaker at Walla Faces Winery, today Brad is the owner/winemaker for his own Eternal Wines. Established in 2014, Eternal Wines is located at 1460 F Street in Walla Walla, Washington at the airport district.

Follow along with my tasting notes. I encourage you to ask for, seek out and drink Eternal Wines. If you would like to meet Mr. Binko in person, outside of Walla Walla, he will be pouring his wines on Saturday 9 July at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, Washington.

Tasting Notes – First Releases

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1. Visit Columbia Valley 2015 Northern White Blend 

Color:  Straw, some effervescence at open.
Nose: Honeyed pear/melon, floral aroma blown in with fresh rain on an early morning breeze. Big like.
Palate: Weighty, tropical, salinity, orange zest, focused to the middle, pineapple, savory into the dry, crisp, slightly tart finish. Like. Ready to drink and for food.

15 Minutes: Toast, pear, honey, marmalade on the nose. Pear with honeyed brioche, lightly spiced, medium body, with Braeburn apple and apple tannin into the crisp finish. Like. Would be wonderful with fried chicken, grilled trout or Halibut fish and chips.

30 Minutes: Toasty, honeyed pear, almost tropical on the nose. Fresh, juicy, apple, pear, kiwi, pineapple, party in the mouth! Would be wonderful with Tilapia, grilled shrimp, and mango salsa. Like.

1 Hour: Toasty minerality, stone fruit, lemon honey on the nose. Fresh, pear to lemon, nuttiness on the medium finish. Like. Broiled Halibut would be lovely with this wine. Or chicken wings.

Day Two: Yum, mango-peach on the attack, floral quality to the nose with banana, pleasant weight, mango-peach into the dry finish. Craved duck tacos. A perfect summer patio sipper.

Thoughts: Stylish, friendly wine, definitely a wine for summer fare and seafood. While suitable for white linen meals, Tilapia, Halibut and Trout, this wine could equally chill with finger food, fried chicken and fish and chips. Mango Salsa optional. My speed.
Recommended + Great Value.

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Blend: 90% Roussanne, 8% Marsanne, 2% Viognier
Vineyards: Art Den Hoed(YV), Blue Mountain(WW), M. Anderson(WW)
Closure: Natural Cork
ABV: 13.7%
Sample provided by winery
Production 42 Cases
SRP: $19

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2. Welcome to Columbia Valley 2014 Chardonnay 

Color: Gold.
Nose: Vanilla, lemon taffy.
Palate: Vanilla, taffy, lemon, dry on the gums, crisp, dried pear, light spice, medium-light body, light stone fruit on the dry finish.

15 Minutes: Light yeast and nuttiness, vanilla with melon on the nose. Melon, spiced pear, focused to back, melon and spiced pear followed into the enjoyable medium finish.

30 Minutes: Toasty nose, savory with light melon, nutty. Focused, vanilla, melon, hint of sweet fruit, spice, pear skin, dry finish, tingle back palate.

1 Hour: Spicy, nutty, toasty nose. Lemon, bright on tongue, baked pear, focused to middle, integrated, more my speed at this point. Like.

Day Two: Fluid, spicy, peach, hazelnut shell, focused to middle, touch of melon and lime skin, crisp and dry mid-palate, quite tasty into the medium finish. Like. Sauteed lobster, bowl of steamed mussels, crusty bread and melted butter for dipping would be good companions with this wine. Like.

Thoughts: Took an hour for this wine to hit my button. I should have decanted a little. Day two this wine hit my sweet spot. Expect this wine to evolve in bottle and will only get better with a little time. The cool post card inspired label would make a wonderful memento/gift from Washington wine country.
Recommended.

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Blend: 100% Chardonnay
AVA: Columbia Valley
Vineyard: White Bluffs
Closure: Natural Cork
ABV: 13.9%
Sample provided by winery
Production 60 Cases
SRP: $19
www.DrinkWashington.wine

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3. Welcome to Yakima Valley Semi-Sweet Sparkling Riesling

Color: Pale straw to yellow.
Nose: Toasted nose with minerality and pear skin.
Palate: Slightly sweet, honeyed, crisp on the tongue, focused to mid-palate, pear juice and yeast with lemon and a savory note on the finish. Wants spicy food.

Thoughts: Too sweet for me to enjoy by itself. Best with spicy food, I had a bottle of hot sauce on hand and it matched well with savory foods. A tentative recommendation for those who like their sparkling wine sweeter than I do. I can’t do sweet bubbles.

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Blend: 100% Riesling
Vineyard: Selenium Vineyard, Yakima Valley
ABV: 12%
Residual Sugar 9 g/l
Sample provided by winery
Production 88 Cases
SRP: $19

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4. Eternal Beauty 2015 Rose’

Color: Pretty pale pink, orange highlights, clear and clean.
Nose: Light fruit, cherry, perfumed, minerality.
Palate: Crisp, medium weight, pow with the cherry, ripe strawberry, nice grip on gums and cheeks, almost savory, satisfying, my style of dry rose’. Not a wimpy pink wine. Big Like.

At 15 minutes: Round, less fruit, cherry to strawberry-rhubarb, spiciness, cinnamon, textured, apple cinnamon on finish with a tingle on the lips. Sexy.

At 30 minutes: Big hit of minerality, strawberry, rhubarb, spiciness, textured, acid zip, focused down the palate, apple into the zesty finish. This wine danced on the palate. Big like.

At One Hour: Minerality on the nose, toasted, strawberry, watermelon, spicy, dry, tannic, crisp.

Day Two: Strawberry, brioche, light creaminess, dusting of grated orange, vanilla custard, fresh, satisfying medium finish. Big like, my speed.

Thoughts: Serve cold and watch the bottle disappear. Not a wimpy pink wine. Sexy. Good luck tracking down this first vintage. Sold out at the winery. Some bottles still available at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, Washington at time of posting.
Strongly Recommended
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Blend: 75% Syrah, 10% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 5% Roussanne
AVA: Walla Walla
Vineyards: Morrison Lane(WW), Gamache(CV), Blue Mountain(WW)
Winemaker, Brad Binko
Closure, natural cork
ABV: 12%
Sample provided by winery
Production 30 Cases
SRP: $19

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5. Eternal Wine Rocket Man Red 2014 Columbia Valley

“Warning: drinking this will not make you fly!”

Color: Red plum with dark plum core.
Nose: Smoky cherry, mineral, mint.
Palate: Broad, soft cherry, spike of acid mid-palate, cherry, mint and chocolate, light tannin, bright note on medium-light finish. Enjoyable at open.

15 Minutes: Dark cherry, apple skin, soft spice, white pepper, milk chocolate, mint on nose. Fine tannin, friendly greeting, cherry, chocolate, mint, integrated and tasty on palate, almost restrained, focused to middle of palate, pleasant chocolate and mint on the medium-light finish. Balanced and tasty, medium body right in the sweet spot. Ready for food or just to drink.

30 Minutes: Cherry cola, light spice, mint to rose petal, almost candied vanilla on the nose. Cherry, cola, chocolate, focused to front, fine tannin, medium body, grip on lower gums, medium-light finish.

1 Hour: Cherry cola, candy, light spice with perfume on nose. Yum on palate, nice texture, fine tannin, dark cherry, chocolate, medium-light body, chocolate mint with apple tannin and that texture followed through into the medium finish. Big like.

Decanted 1 Hour: Nice dark color. Earthiness with cherry/plum, slate and cola on the nose. Touch creamy, candied cherry cola, smooth medium body, freshness, light grip on the gums and tongue, focus to mid palate, medium finish with mint. Like.

Day Two: Juicy dark fruit, smooth, edged with violets, tar and cola, light tannin and blueberry into the medium finish.

Day Three: Juicy cherry, blueberry, with coffee, bright and round mid-palate, modest tannin on the medium cherry finish. Like.

Thoughts: I like that this is not a “huge” wine. It is approachable, medium-light bodied, tasty and delivered satisfaction at open and until the bottle was empty. Well done. Ready to drink alone or with food. Should continue to evolve in bottle over the next few years. Pretty darn good, plus that cool label closes the deal.
Recommended
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Aged 1 year in barrel, then 1 year in bottle before release.
Blend: 45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc.
Closure: Natural Cork.
ABV: 14.5%
Sample provided by winery
Production 42 Cases
SRP: $25

* 11/18/16 Update – Eternal wines has moved out of the Incubators and is now located in downtown Walla Walla. That was fast. All the best Brad.
Eternal Wines
Open for tastings Thurs-Sun 12-8pm and by appointment Mon-Weds
 9 S. 1st Ave (New location downtown)
1460 F Street
Walla Walla, Washington 99362
www.eternalwine.com
509-240-6258

Well done Mr. Brad Binko. Excellent showing for a first release. I look forward to your future releases and continued success. Write that name down. Now go look for his wines.

Cheers!

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26 Feb

Drink Washington State First Releases by Winemaker Brad Binko

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There’s a new winemaker in Walla Walla, Washington, by the name of Brad Binko. Write that name down. Now go look for his wines.

“Life is about stories so let’s go make one!” Brad Binko

Brad is a big guy, with a friendly smile and warm personality. He’s quick to shake your hand and ready to talk wine. I enjoyed meeting Brad and enjoyed tasting his first releases. First releases? Yep, Brad has done a wonderful job crafting white, rose’ and red wines. I’m quite impressed at the quality, depth of flavor, maturity of style and his cool label designs. Have you written down his name yet?

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Brad Binko is a Certified Sommelier and today is making small lots of terroir driven Washington wines. He focuses on Rhone Varietals and single vineyard wines using native fermentation, extended maceration, and non-intrusive wine-making techniques. Eternal Wines only uses hand harvested fruit from premium vineyards. Production is at 400 cases.

Brad Binko studied winemaking at the Center for Enology and Viticulture on the campus of Walla Walla Community College. Formerly the assistant winemaker at Walla Faces Winery, today Brad is the owner/winemaker for his own Eternal Wines. Established in 2014, Eternal Wines is located at 1460 F Street in Walla Walla, Washington at the airport district.

Follow along with my tasting notes. I encourage you to ask for, seek out and drink Eternal Wines. If you would like to meet Mr. Binko in person, outside of Walla Walla, he will be pouring his wines on Saturday 9 July at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, Washington.

Tasting Notes – First Releases

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1. Visit Columbia Valley 2015 Northern White Blend 

Color:  Straw, some effervescence at open.
Nose: Honeyed pear/melon, floral aroma blown in with fresh rain on an early morning breeze. Big like.
Palate: Weighty, tropical, salinity, orange zest, focused to the middle, pineapple, savory into the dry, crisp, slightly tart finish. Like. Ready to drink and for food.

15 Minutes: Toast, pear, honey, marmalade on the nose. Pear with honeyed brioche, lightly spiced, medium body, with Braeburn apple and apple tannin into the crisp finish. Like. Would be wonderful with fried chicken, grilled trout or Halibut fish and chips.

30 Minutes: Toasty, honeyed pear, almost tropical on the nose. Fresh, juicy, apple, pear, kiwi, pineapple, party in the mouth! Would be wonderful with Tilapia, grilled shrimp, and mango salsa. Like.

1 Hour: Toasty minerality, stone fruit, lemon honey on the nose. Fresh, pear to lemon, nuttiness on the medium finish. Like. Broiled Halibut would be lovely with this wine. Or chicken wings.

Day Two: Yum, mango-peach on the attack, floral quality to the nose with banana, pleasant weight, mango-peach into the dry finish. Craved duck tacos. A perfect summer patio sipper.

Thoughts: Stylish, friendly wine, definitely a wine for summer fare and seafood. While suitable for white linen meals, Tilapia, Halibut and Trout, this wine could equally chill with finger food, fried chicken and fish and chips. Mango Salsa optional. My speed.
Recommended + Great Value.

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Blend: 90% Roussanne, 8% Marsanne, 2% Viognier
Vineyards: Art Den Hoed(YV), Blue Mountain(WW), M. Anderson(WW)
Closure: Natural Cork
ABV: 13.7%
Sample provided by winery
Production 42 Cases
SRP: $19

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2. Welcome to Columbia Valley 2014 Chardonnay 

Color: Gold.
Nose: Vanilla, lemon taffy.
Palate: Vanilla, taffy, lemon, dry on the gums, crisp, dried pear, light spice, medium-light body, light stone fruit on the dry finish.

15 Minutes: Light yeast and nuttiness, vanilla with melon on the nose. Melon, spiced pear, focused to back, melon and spiced pear followed into the enjoyable medium finish.

30 Minutes: Toasty nose, savory with light melon, nutty. Focused, vanilla, melon, hint of sweet fruit, spice, pear skin, dry finish, tingle back palate.

1 Hour: Spicy, nutty, toasty nose. Lemon, bright on tongue, baked pear, focused to middle, integrated, more my speed at this point. Like.

Day Two: Fluid, spicy, peach, hazelnut shell, focused to middle, touch of melon and lime skin, crisp and dry mid-palate, quite tasty into the medium finish. Like. Sauteed lobster, bowl of steamed mussels, crusty bread and melted butter for dipping would be good companions with this wine. Like.

Thoughts: Took an hour for this wine to hit my button. I should have decanted a little. Day two this wine hit my sweet spot. Expect this wine to evolve in bottle and will only get better with a little time. The cool post card inspired label would make a wonderful memento/gift from Washington wine country.
Recommended.

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Blend: 100% Chardonnay
AVA: Columbia Valley
Vineyard: White Bluffs
Closure: Natural Cork
ABV: 13.9%
Sample provided by winery
Production 60 Cases
SRP: $19
www.DrinkWashington.wine

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3. Welcome to Yakima Valley Semi-Sweet Sparkling Riesling

Color: Pale straw to yellow.
Nose: Toasted nose with minerality and pear skin.
Palate: Slightly sweet, honeyed, crisp on the tongue, focused to mid-palate, pear juice and yeast with lemon and a savory note on the finish. Wants spicy food.

Thoughts: Too sweet for me to enjoy by itself. Best with spicy food, I had a bottle of hot sauce on hand and it matched well with savory foods. A tentative recommendation for those who like their sparkling wine sweeter than I do. I can’t do sweet bubbles.

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Blend: 100% Riesling
Vineyard: Selenium Vineyard, Yakima Valley
ABV: 12%
Residual Sugar 9 g/l
Sample provided by winery
Production 88 Cases
SRP: $19

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4. Eternal Beauty 2015 Rose’

Color: Pretty pale pink, orange highlights, clear and clean.
Nose: Light fruit, cherry, perfumed, minerality.
Palate: Crisp, medium weight, pow with the cherry, ripe strawberry, nice grip on gums and cheeks, almost savory, satisfying, my style of dry rose’. Not a wimpy pink wine. Big Like.

At 15 minutes: Round, less fruit, cherry to strawberry-rhubarb, spiciness, cinnamon, textured, apple cinnamon on finish with a tingle on the lips. Sexy.

At 30 minutes: Big hit of minerality, strawberry, rhubarb, spiciness, textured, acid zip, focused down the palate, apple into the zesty finish. This wine danced on the palate. Big like.

At One Hour: Minerality on the nose, toasted, strawberry, watermelon, spicy, dry, tannic, crisp.

Day Two: Strawberry, brioche, light creaminess, dusting of grated orange, vanilla custard, fresh, satisfying medium finish. Big like, my speed.

Thoughts: Serve cold and watch the bottle disappear. Not a wimpy pink wine. Sexy. Good luck tracking down this first vintage. Sold out at the winery. Some bottles still available at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, Washington at time of posting.
Strongly Recommended
.

Blend: 75% Syrah, 10% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 5% Roussanne
AVA: Walla Walla
Vineyards: Morrison Lane(WW), Gamache(CV), Blue Mountain(WW)
Winemaker, Brad Binko
Closure, natural cork
ABV: 12%
Sample provided by winery
Production 30 Cases
SRP: $19

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5. Eternal Wine Rocket Man Red 2014 Columbia Valley

“Warning: drinking this will not make you fly!”

Color: Red plum with dark plum core.
Nose: Smoky cherry, mineral, mint.
Palate: Broad, soft cherry, spike of acid mid-palate, cherry, mint and chocolate, light tannin, bright note on medium-light finish. Enjoyable at open.

15 Minutes: Dark cherry, apple skin, soft spice, white pepper, milk chocolate, mint on nose. Fine tannin, friendly greeting, cherry, chocolate, mint, integrated and tasty on palate, almost restrained, focused to middle of palate, pleasant chocolate and mint on the medium-light finish. Balanced and tasty, medium body right in the sweet spot. Ready for food or just to drink.

30 Minutes: Cherry cola, light spice, mint to rose petal, almost candied vanilla on the nose. Cherry, cola, chocolate, focused to front, fine tannin, medium body, grip on lower gums, medium-light finish.

1 Hour: Cherry cola, candy, light spice with perfume on nose. Yum on palate, nice texture, fine tannin, dark cherry, chocolate, medium-light body, chocolate mint with apple tannin and that texture followed through into the medium finish. Big like.

Decanted 1 Hour: Nice dark color. Earthiness with cherry/plum, slate and cola on the nose. Touch creamy, candied cherry cola, smooth medium body, freshness, light grip on the gums and tongue, focus to mid palate, medium finish with mint. Like.

Day Two: Juicy dark fruit, smooth, edged with violets, tar and cola, light tannin and blueberry into the medium finish.

Day Three: Juicy cherry, blueberry, with coffee, bright and round mid-palate, modest tannin on the medium cherry finish. Like.

Thoughts: I like that this is not a “huge” wine. It is approachable, medium-light bodied, tasty and delivered satisfaction at open and until the bottle was empty. Well done. Ready to drink alone or with food. Should continue to evolve in bottle over the next few years. Pretty darn good, plus that cool label closes the deal.
Recommended
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Aged 1 year in barrel, then 1 year in bottle before release.
Blend: 45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc.
Closure: Natural Cork.
ABV: 14.5%
Sample provided by winery
Production 42 Cases
SRP: $25

* 11/18/16 Update – Eternal wines has moved out of the Incubators and is now located in downtown Walla Walla. That was fast. All the best Brad.
Eternal Wines
Open for tastings Thurs-Sun 12-8pm and by appointment Mon-Weds
 9 S. 1st Ave (New location downtown)
1460 F Street
Walla Walla, Washington 99362
www.eternalwine.com
509-240-6258

Well done Mr. Brad Binko. Excellent showing for a first release. I look forward to your future releases and continued success. Write that name down. Now go look for his wines.

Cheers!

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