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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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2015 Escape to Walla Walla Red Blend 24 Jun

Washington Wine Awards 2017 results and write up

Maryhill Winery rosé rises to top of Washington State Wine Competition

By on June 23, 2017

GRANDVIEW, Wash. — Maryhill Winery, a destination for Columbia Gorge travelers, dominated the 34th annual Washington State Wine Competition with a showing of 15 gold medals that included seven best of class awards, best white wine and best of show for its 2016 Rosé of Sangiovese….

Wineries earning two gold medals included Adamant Cellars in Walla Walla, Balboa Winery in Walla Walla, DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, Drink Washington State/Eternal Wines of Walla Walla, Jones of Washington in Quincy, Kiona Vineyards and Winery on Red Mountain, Saviah Cellars in Walla Walla, Thurston Wolfe in Prosser, Tsillan Cellars in Chelan and Westport Winery in Aberdeen.

See the complete and original write up here

Our 2015 Drink Washington State Escape to Walla Walla Red Blend wins gold!

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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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24 Mar

Drink Washington State Carmenere Review

Drink Washington State 2014 Enjoy Walla Walla Carménère, Walla Walla Valley, $26

By on March 14, 2017
Empire State native Brad Binko turned his back on the life of a somm for that of a winemaker, and the recent grad from College Cellars in Walla Walla now earns high marks outside of the classroom with much of his juice.
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24 Mar

Drink Washington State Carmenere Review

Drink Washington State 2014 Enjoy Walla Walla Carménère, Walla Walla Valley, $26

By on March 14, 2017
Empire State native Brad Binko turned his back on the life of a somm for that of a winemaker, and the recent grad from College Cellars in Walla Walla now earns high marks outside of the classroom with much of his juice.
See the original full review here
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