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11 Dec

Eternal Wines, Drink Washington State to open downtown tasting room

With two brands from one new winery, it didn’t take long for Brad Binko to outgrow his space at the Airport District.

Just in time for Fall Release, he’s launching his new tasting room downtown.

Eternal Wines and Drink Washington State have moved to 9 S. First Ave., the former spot for Palencia Winery’s tasting room.

Thursday through Sunday the spot will open for the release of five new wines, including a fortified syrah and a 2-year-old barrel-aged Roussanne, Binko said in an announcement.

A certified sommelier, Binko graduated from the Enology & Viticulture program at Walla Walla Community College last June then launched his own winery with two new labels.

Eternal Wines focuses on single-vineyard Rhone varietals, while Drink Washington State is designed to raise awareness of Washington wines and the state’s American Viticultural Areas.

For more information visit EternalWine.com or DrinkWashington.wine or call 240-6258.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at 509-526-8321, vickihillhouse@wwub.com or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/VickiHillhouse.

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22 Oct

Washington wine’s next generation: Brad Binko is having fun making great wine

WHAT DO YOU DO when you’re a new winery in a region already choked with wineries?

That’s the question Brad Binko faces as the owner and winemaker for Eternal Wines in Walla Walla. This town in the state’s southeastern corner is home to more than 100 producers — some of which are among the most famous in Washington.

Binko’s way to stand out is to craft great award-winning wines, package them with eye-catching labels and be willing to take risks.

Two to try

Drink Washington State NV Sparkling riesling, Yakima Valley, $19: Bright aromas of apple, clove and cardamom give way to bright off-dry flavors of orange and lime. It’s a sweeter sparkling wine with bright acidity, perfect with spicy Asian cuisine.

Drink Washington State 2015 Northern White Blend, Columbia Valley, $19: This Roussanne-based white blend provides incredible complexity, including aromas of rich, ripe pear; apple; and butter, followed by flavors of orange zest, caramel and white pepper.

So far, everything is paying off for the native of Buffalo, N.Y. He released his first wines in June, a couple of weeks after graduating from Walla Walla Community College’s vaunted winemaking program, and his approach already is resonating with wine lovers.

Binko, 33, has two brands: Drink Washington State and Eternal Wines. The former has fun labels that shout where they’re from. His sparkling riesling declares “Welcome to the Yakima Valley” with a label that looks more like a postcard. He follows suit on his other Drink Washington State wines. This fall, he is releasing his first Welcome to Walla Walla wines.

The former sommelier came to Walla Walla because he wanted to make wine after serving it to others on the East Coast and in the South for several years. He scoured the country looking for the right place to land and ultimately chose Walla Walla because of the community college’s reputation.

In June, he graduated from the program. Two weeks later, he won three gold medals at the annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, including best sparkling wine. In late summer, he moved his production from a winery at the Walla Walla Regional Airport to space he found at another winery. He’s opening a tasting room in downtown Walla Walla this fall.

So far, Binko’s wines are distributed no farther west than the Tri-Cities, but he anticipates that changing as his production rises. His first 250 cases sold out in a matter of months, and his goal is to increase production to 10,000 cases in the next few years.

One might think that with his quick success, Binko might want to move back to his home state and perhaps launch something in the stellar Finger Lakes wine region of upstate New York.

Not a chance. Binko has fallen in love with the friendliness of the Pacific Northwest and the abundance of great grapes grown here. He cannot imagine being anywhere else now.

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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

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

See the original article here

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