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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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10 Mar

Washington Wine Month: Explore Accordingly

-From Great Wine News

Washington State is most known for their apples, cherries, Walla Walla onions and evergreen trees. But during the month of March, their wine takes the stage.

Currently, the 2nd largest premium wine producer in the United States, Washington is making is their mark on palates around the world.

Celebrate this year’s Washington Wine Month by learning their history, understanding their terroir and of course, tasting their wine.

History:

Washington’s first wine grapes were planted at Fort Vancouver by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1825. By 1910, wine grapes were growing in many areas of the state, following the path of early settlers. French, German and Italian immigrants pioneered the earliest plantings.

The arrival of Prohibition in 1920 put a damper on wine grape production, but ironically may have helped spawn early interest in home winemaking. At the end of Prohibition the first bonded winery in the Northwest was founded on Puget Sound’s Stretch Island. By 1938 there were 42 wineries located throughout the state.

The first commercial-scale plantings began in the 1960s. The efforts of the earliest producers, predecessors to today’s Columbia Winery and Chateau Ste. Michelle, attracted the attention of wine historian Leon Adams. Adams in turn introduced pioneering enologist Andre Tchelistcheff to Chateau Ste. Michelle. It was Tchelistcheff who helped guide Chateau Ste. Michelle’s early efforts and mentored modern winemaking in this state. The resulting rapid expansion of the industry in the mid 70s is now rivaled by today’s breakneck pace, where a new winery opens nearly every 15 days.

Significant developments in Washington State include the formation of the Washington State Wine Commission, a unified marketing and trade association, in 1987. In 1999, the Washington Wine Quality Alliance (WWQA) was established to spearhead development of industry standards in winemaking and labeling. In 2003, the Washington Wine Institute and its educational partners celebrated the state’s $2.3 million investment (per biennium) to create new 2-year and 4-year degree programs supporting Washington’s growing wine industry. The program provides an educated work force to satisfy the needs of the growing industry. A degree program, ongoing education and research enhance the state’s reputation as a quality wine producing region.

The trend for quality wine production started by a few home winemakers and visionary farmers has become a respected and influential $3 billion plus industry. From Italy to Australia, winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region’s unique characteristics.

Fun Facts:

National rank:
2nd largest premium wine producer in the United States.

Number of wineries:
750+

Number of wine grape growers:
350+

Appellations:
Thirteen American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), as recognized and defined by the United States Treasury Department; Alcohol & Tobacco Taxes &Trade Bureau.

Varieties produced:
30+ varietals

Leading white varietal:
Riesling

Leading red varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine production:
12 million cases

Record harvest:
2010 with 160,000 tons

Total economic impact on Washington State:
$3 billion*

Total economic impact on U.S. economy:
$4.7 billion*
*figures from the 2006 Economic Impact Study by MKF Research, LLC

Average hours of summer sunlight:
17.4 hours per day, about 2 hours more than California’s prime growing region.

There is sun 300 days a year.

Annual rainfall:
Eight inches (20.32 cm) in Eastern Washington (the major grape growing region) 48 inches (121.92 cm) in Western Washington

Eastern Washington is one of the highest latitude wine regions in the world.

There is up to 40º F difference between high day and low night time temps.

arious Soil Types:
A combination of mostly sandy, rocky based alluvial, some windblown over periodic volcanic basalt lift and patches of clay.  Types include loess, basalt, clay, silt, loam, sandy loam.

The Seasons of Wine
Planting……………………January – March

Fermenting…………………..August – January

Growing…………………..March – September

Bottling……………………….February – May

Pruning……………………June – September

Harvesting………………..August – November

Celebrating………………….All Year Long

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10 Mar

New Study Shows Growing Economic Impact for Washington State’s Wine Industry

Wine sales and production in Washington State are growing, reports a new study released today by Washington State Wine. The study details the economic and fiscal impacts of wine and wine grapes in Washington State and measures the effect of jobs, labor income and business revenues directly supported by wine and related activities such as tourism. Results show an increase in total state economic impact of $1.3 billion since 2009, or a compound annual growth rate of 8.5 percent per year. The total economic impact of the Washington State wine industry was $4.8 billion in 2013, up from $3.5 billion in 2009.

See the original posting here on Washington Wine

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10 Mar

New Study Shows Growing Economic Impact for Washington State’s Wine Industry

Wine sales and production in Washington State are growing, reports a new study released today by Washington State Wine. The study details the economic and fiscal impacts of wine and wine grapes in Washington State and measures the effect of jobs, labor income and business revenues directly supported by wine and related activities such as tourism. Results show an increase in total state economic impact of $1.3 billion since 2009, or a compound annual growth rate of 8.5 percent per year. The total economic impact of the Washington State wine industry was $4.8 billion in 2013, up from $3.5 billion in 2009.

See the original posting here on Washington Wine

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