Whitman Graduation Weekend (Walla Walla)
May 17-19, 2013
In honor of graduation this weekend at Whitman College, all Whitman grads will receive waived tasting fees at the winery. We hope that you come to join us at the tasting room and enjoy what may be your last weekend in Walla Walla for a while!
Andrae’s Kitchen at Balboa (Walla Walla)
June 1st, 2013
Andrae and crew will be at Balboa serving up delicious food all day Saturday… Check out www.andraeskitchen.com for menus and more info!
Balboa’s Best In Show (Walla Walla)
June 15th, 2013
At the winery. 12:00-3:00 PM.
Balboa is having a dog show! Join us on Saturday, June 15th from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. for the first-annual ‘Best in Show.’ This afternoon of four-legged revelry will feature 12 classes for dogs of all shapes, sizes and pedigree. An entry fee of $25 gets your dog into one class of your choice, with additional classes available at $10 each. Included in your entry fee is a glass of wine or a tasting flight. Our celebrity judges will be evaluating dogs in categories such as Most Creative Grooming, Waggiest Tail, and Best Catch. Andrae’s Kitchen will be on site slinging up hot dog-inspired fare until 2:30, guests will be able to procure ‘Best in Show’ swag, and Amy will be auctioning off a custom painting of your best friend. All profits will benefit the Blue Mountain Humane Society. Spectators encouraged. We look forward to seeing you on the green!
To enter, fill out this form. Completed forms may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 509-529-0461, or dropped off at the winery.
Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine- The World of Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla)
June 20-22, 2013
Join Balboa and over 70 Walla Walla Valley winemakers, several Napa Valley winemakers, and well-known wine critics in exploring one of the world’s most widely recognized red varietals: cabernet sauvignon. For tickets, call 509-526-3117 or visit wallawallawine.com/celebrate .
Celebrate Walla Walla: Southside Winemaker’s Dinner
June 22, 2013
At Balboa. 6:00-9:00 PM.
Come on out to the Southside and enjoy an amazing dinner nestled amongst the vineyards. Join Balboa, Dusted Valley, and Isenhower as they team up with chef Andrae Bopp, III of Andrae’s Kitchen and LaPorte Brune. This amazing five course dinner will feature the exciting wines of these three vintners paired up with the stellar chops of chef Bopp! We hope you will join our soirée and indulge in great food, wine and laughter! Click HERE to check out the MENU and purchase TICKETS.
Winemaker’s Dinner at Joule (Seattle)
June 30th, 2013
Guests will enjoy a delicious meal with Balboa wine pairings. Space is limited to 12 guests. Call 206.632.5685 for reservations. For more information, visit joulerestaurant.com
REVIEW: 2010 Estate Syrah, Wine Spectator
Dark and focused, with firm texture supporting a lithe core of minerally blackberry, tar, and black pepper flavors. Juicy finish. Best after 2014. 400 cases made. 90 points -Harvey Steiman winespectator.com
ARTICLE: Walla Walla’s Eleven Most Entertaining Tasting Rooms
Eater Seattle named Balboa one of Walla Walla’s eleven “liveliest” and least judgmental tasting rooms.
“This family-run winery is a great stop for folks wine tasting with the whole brood. There are dogs to play with, golf on the flat screens, lively art pieces and plenty of room to run amok. Winemaker Tom Glase and his wife Amy, whose artwork graces the walls, welcome guests with the open arms of folks you’d think you had known for years. Think of it as a Walla Walla home away away from home, just with a way better wine selection.” -Zibby Wilder, Eater.com
REVIEW: 2009 Wraith and 2009 Eidolon, Rand Sealey
2009 Balboa “Wraith” Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley ($75)
This is a superb combination of 75% Syrah and 25% Malbec from the Pepper Bridge and Eidolon vineyards. Inky purplish colored, it emits a bold nose of blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, black roses, lavender, and spiced incense. The flavors match the aromatics with deep full bore dark fruits, intermixed with black licorice, dark chocolate, espresso, and South Valley earth and minerals. The intensity continues on the back with sensations of distilled fruits, roasted berries and nuts, and crème de cassis, followed by a lingering sweet-dry tannin finish. This wine goes on and on from beginning to end. 19.5/20 points.
2009 Balboa “Eidolon” Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley ($75)
This wine is composed of 37% Syrah, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec and 12% Petit Verdot from the Eidolon Estate Vineyard. It exhibits a deep ruby color and seductive aromas of black cherry, Damson plum and cassis, with scents of attar of rose, mulberry, black olive and black violets. On the palate, the dark fruit flavors are deep and full bore, layered with licorice, dark chocolate, French roast, and “Rocks” minerals. In the middle, the wine hits a “sweet spot” of squeezed berries, mocha and crème de cassis, followed by a long, sensuous, ripe sweet-dry tannin finish. 19.5/20 points.
REVIEW: Rand Sealey
Rand Sealey gave these Balboa wines “exceptional” scores on a scale of 20: 2009 Balboa Estate Syrah – 18.5 points, 2009 Balboa Estate Malbec – 18.5 points, 2008 Balboa Reserve Red – 18.5 points, 2008 Balboa “Constrictor” Red Blend – 18.5+ points, 2011 Balboa Chardonnay – 18 points, 2009 Balboa Reserve Red Wine – 18.5 points, 2009 Balboa “Pandemonium” Syrah – 19 points.
REVIEW: 2008 Malbec, Wine Advocate
“The 2008 Malbec Estate comes from their 10-year-old vineyard in Milton Freewater. It gives up an alluring bouquet of cedar, spice box, lavender, black cherry, and black currant. This sets the stage for a ripe, layered, succulent wine built for immediate gratification. Drink this juicy, uncomplicated effort over the next 4-5 years.” –Jay Miller, eRobertParker.com
REVIEW: 2009 Syrah, Wine Advocate
“The 2009 Syrah displays elements of smoked meat, underbrush, mineral, blueberry, and plum. Straightforward but very tasty, this friendly, well-balanced effort will deliver enjoyment for another 5-6 years.” –Jay Miller, eRobertParker.com
REVIEW: 2007 Sayulita, Wine Advocate
“The 2007 Sayvlita is made up of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Syrah. It, too, is a forward, pleasure-bent, succulent offering with a smooth texture, ripe flavors, good balance, and a lengthy, pure finish. Enjoy it over the next 6-8 years.” –Jay Miller, eRobertParker.com
REVIEW: 2008 Pandemonium, Wine Advocate
“The proprietary wines begin with the 2008 Pandemonium. It is a cuvee of 100% Syrah sourced from the Pepper Bridge Vineyard. Spicy blueberries, balsam wood, lavender, and underbrush are followed by a velvety-textured, meaty Syrah with ripe, succulent flavors and a lengthy finish. Drink it over the next 6-8 years.” –Jay Miller, eRobertParker.com
REVIEW: 2007 Mith, Wine Advocate
“The 2007 MITH is made up of 55% Syrah and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Purple/black in color, it has loads of up-front, spicy blue and black fruit, lots of spice, floral notes, and a lengthy, seamless finish. It will deliver enjoyment for another 6-7 years.” –Jay Miller, eRobertParker.com
REVIEW: 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine Advocate
“The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate sports aromas of spice box, incense, violets, cassis, and black currant. Forward on the palate and made in a friendly, fruit-forward style, this pleasure-bent wine is an outstanding value meant for drinking over the next 5-6 years.” –Jay Miller, eRobertParker.com