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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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5 Washington Wineries to Watch!

We are so honored to be named 1 of 5 wineries to watch in Washington.  It takes a lot of hard work and planning!  We are open 7 days a week in downtown Walla Walla for tastings, glass pours and sangrias.  9 S 1st Ave Walla Walla, WA 99362.

5 Up-And-Coming Washington Wineries

 

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19 Jul

The Wahluke Slope is a winemakers favorite

Great Northwest Wine recently published a story highlighting the Wahluke Slope and why more and more winemakers are making wine from the AVA.  Our 2014 Drink Washington State Groovin On’ Wahluke Slope Cabernet Sauvignon is featured in this article.

Because of its warm temperatures, it is well known for growing red wine grapes, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec and Merlot…..

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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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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.

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

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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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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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Washington Wine Blog interviews Owner and Winemaker Brad Binko

Interview with Brad Binko, Owner and Head Winemaker of Drink Washington State and Eternal Wines

Brad Binko has been very busy this past year. Brad manages two labels, Drink Washington State and Eternal Wines, and chooses colorful, hip labels for his wines that are are all pretty serious values. Binko is a former certified sommelier that chose to live in Walla Walla because of the community college’s strong reputation in producing great winemakers. As a recent graduate of Walla Walla Community College’s enology and viticulture program, Brad has done a ton of work in the past year, including has opened his new tasting room in the past year (located in downtown Walla Walla) and has made some pretty impressive new bottlings. I recently had the chance to sit down with him and chat wine. Brad is an awesome guy to chat wine with and I think you will really enjoy hearing his story. Here is my interview with Brad Binko, owner and head winemaker of Drink Washington State and Eternal Wines.

WWB: How did you first decide to start Drink Washington State and Eternal Wines?

BB: When I sold my marketing and promotions company in Las Vegas I wasn’t sure what my next move would be so I moved back to Charleston SC.  While there I was able to get back into F&B and work on advancing my wine knowledge even further.  For the next 2 years I worked as a sommelier for a couple places while I continued my Masters of Sommelier education.  After passing the level 2 (certified) exam I was beginning to feel the need to do more. I had almost attended Brock University for winemaking out of high school. My step-mother was really pushing me in that direction, but of course at 18 we know everything!  I later than almost went to UC Davis when I first moved to Las Vegas, however I started my company shortly after and couldn’t leave. I spent a lot of time researching possible landing spots and after a short trip to Walla Walla I knew where I wanted to call my next home.  So finally the 3rd time was the charm as I enrolled at the WWCC Enology and Viticulture program.  I knew that I wanted to start a winery and had the means to start one.  One of the hardest parts was actually coming up with the names!

WWB: How does your experience as a sommelier and your wine education make you a better winemaker?

BB: It helps greatly, being able to recall different varietals and how they show in different areas with different winemaking techniques is huge. Its like cooking, if you don’t know what garlic salt will do to the flavor of your dish you are less likely to use it. However if you have tasted it before you can make an educated assumption of how it will affect your current dish. It also helps me describe the flavors and break down my wines with guests in the tasting room. My goal is to not only make great wines but to educate the consumer on why it tastes like this, what the history of the grape is and why I choose to make it that way.

WWB: Your 2014 Drink Washington State ‘ Enjoy Walla Walla’ Carmenere (WWB, 90) was an awesome effort that is a terrific value. Can you talk about this great varietal and what kind of aromatic and flavor profiles you notice from Washington Carmenere?

BB: Carmenere is an amazing grape. I am starting to see (in Washington) an increase in wineries labeling their wines as Carmenere rather than blending it away in a Bordeaux blend. It is also also an opportunity for a great teaching moment, most people that come into my tasting room don’t even know what it is. This allows me or my tasting room staff to explain that it is the lost Bordeaux varietal and that now its spiritual home is in Chile. Carmenere is known for its great aromatic compounds that show white and black pepper and jalapeño notes which mines has as well.  My Drink Washington State line is designed to showcase the best of our AVA’s while not making you take out a second mortgage. I’ve actually had several winemakers and winery owners come to me and ask me to raise the prices because they think Im selling them at such a good price.

WWB: Another outstanding value wine, your 2014 Drink Washington State ‘Groovin on Wahluke Slope’ Cabernet Sauvignon (WWB, 89) showed wonderful poise and richness. Can you talk about this great wine and what you are anticipating for your next releases with the 2015 vintage?

BB: This lot is my largest lot I have bottled under either label, 10 barrels or 250 cases. It is funny to me because I’ll go tasting and hear other places say this is our reserve lot we only produced 400 cases of it….To me that’s not a reserve wine that’s a huge lot!  This allows me to spend equal time with all my lots so tech. they are all reserve lots in this case.  My goal for DWS is to make wines that can age however they need to be ready to drink upon release.  That is why this isn’t a huge tannin driven wine, instead you get nice fruit on the nose and palate, dusty tannins on the long finish.  The great part about my DWS line is that there are no rules!  Being able to source from all over Washington and blend whatever I want is of great appeal to me.  I will release the next vintage when I sell out however the blends may be different and or vineyards.  DWS allows me to be completely free, unlike with Eternal Wines where my focus is single vineyard single varietal, super small lots.

WWB: When you are not drinking Washington wines, what are some of your favorite wines of the world and favorite producers.

BB: Im a sucker for Napa Valley Cab!  I love the rich and bold flavors of Heitz, Nickel and Nickel, Robert Sinskey, ect.  My first love was Pinot Noir though and still love going down to the Willamette for a couple days and tasting through great wines from Ken Wright, White Rose and Adelsheim to name a few. Now that I am actually thinking about it though there really aren’t too many wine and regions I do not like tasting.  One of the best parts about studying for my Certified Sommelier exam was diving into a foreign region.  I would eat foods that are common in that area, and taste them with local wines.  I would research history of the area, normal temperatures if and when wars happened and how they sell themselves now.  It is really amazing when you can travel to another region without even leaving your home!

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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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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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