Upcoming Events

Spring Release Weekend

May 4-6, 2018
Balboa Winery, 10 AM – 4 PM. Come experience our newly released wines of 2018!

 

May 4th and 5th, 2018  

Balboa Winery, 6:30PM — Dinner with Tuscan Guest Chef Aurelio Barrattini. We’re bringing in guest chef Aurelio to Walla Walla from Lucca to share the vibrant flavors of Tuscany.

Aurelio is the fourth generation chef and owner of Antica Locanda di Sesto, which his family started in 1368, located in Via Ludovica, Lucca, Italy. Aurelio’s dishes are a blend of tradition and innovation, offering a new look at traditional Tuscan cuisine.

 


Dog Show

June 2nd, 2018
At Balboa. 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM.
Join us for our 5th annual ‘Best in Show’ dog show! This afternoon of four-legged revelry will feature classes for dogs of all shapes, sizes, and pedigree. Our celebrity judges will be evaluating dogs in categories such as Golden Oldie, Best Puppy, and Best Trick. All profits from the event will benefit the Blue Mountain Humane Society. Spectators are in encouraged as well! We had a blast last year, and we hope you can join us this June!

The $25.00 fee to join us with your dog for the day includes your first glass of wine and a set of event dog tags.  Thank you!


Celebrate Walla Walla

June 15-18, 2018

For a full list of event details visit: http://www.wallawallawine.com/celebrate/

 


Customer Appreciation Weekend

We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without our customers like you!

September 7, 2018 — Paella Night

Come celebrate with us! We’re marking Beresan’s 16th year and Balboa’s 12th year of fine winemaking with a weekend full of festivities at the winery!!! Wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.
Paella by Chris Ainsworth of Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen.  6:00-8:30 pm at the winery, $55+tax/person. Questions and inquiries to Amy@balboawinery.com.

September 8, 2018 — Barn Dance

Dust off those dancing shoes for a night of dancing, wine and food. $20/person. Food trucks will be on site. More details to come.


Fall Release Weekend

Nov 5-7, 2018

At the Winery. 10 AM – 4 PM — Fall is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the valley. Come enjoy the changing of the leaves with our new fall releases.


Holiday Barrel Weekend

December 7-9, 2018
At the Winery. 10 AM – 4 PM
Join us in Walla Walla for the annual Holiday Barrel Weekend! Enjoy samples of our newest wines straight from the barrel as our winemakers, Tom and Tyler, discuss this year’s harvest and answer any questions you may have about the winemaking process.



Recent News

REVIEW: 2013 Rosé of Syrah, Sean Sullivan WA Wine Report

2013 Rosé of Syrah, “Excellent”
“A single vineyard rosé from down in The Rocks for $20? Yes! A very pretty pale strawberry color, it’s lightly aromatic with cherry and strawberry. The palate is dry and full bodied with a rich, rounded feel but without ever seeming overweighted. It’s tart and citrusy with an orange peel finish.” – Sean Sullivan. See full article here


REVIEW: 2011 Cabernet Franc and 2010 BalBOA Constrictor, Rand Sealy

2011 Balboa Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley ($40)

Deep ruby colored, this wine emits enticing aromas of cherries, plums, and currants, with scents of crushed roses, mulberry, cigar tobacco and violets. The medium full-bodied flavors are equally inviting, with the red and blue fruits enveloping the palate, intermixed with licorice, cocoa, mocha and silty earth minerals. On the back, the wine turns ripe and chewy, with sensations of squeezed berry juices, kirsch liqueur, crème de cassis, and touches of dried orange peel, grape skin and graphite, followed by a ripe, lightly spiced, sweet-dry tannin finish. This wine recalls a Loire Cabernet Franc such as a Chinon. 18.5/20 points.

2010 Balboa “Constrictor” Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley ($36)

Composed of 75% Syrah, 12% Petit Verdot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec from the Eidolon and Pepper Bridge vineyards, this wine offers a purplish ruby color and rich aromas of wild raspberries, huckleberries, pomegranates, black roses, mulberry, tobacco, lavender and thyme. On the palate, the dark fruits are well saturated, marked by notes of cocoa, powder, roasted coffee beans and gravel and silt minerals. The back picks up macerated berries, spiced cherries, and framboise liqueur, followed by a squeeze of pomegranate juice and grindings of nutmeg and clove on the savory, satisfying sweet-dry tannin finish. 18.5+/20 points.

 

AWARD: 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon: Silver, 2009 Eidolon: Silver, 2010 BalBOA Constrictor: Silver, 2010 Mith: Silver. 


ARTICLE: 2009 BalBOA Constrictor is a Top Pick, WA Tasting Room Magazine

Washington Tasting Room Magazine ranked the 2009 BalBOA Constrictor as a top pick in their piece, “Washington VS. the World.” 


REVIEW: July 2013 Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck

2009 Eidolon- 91 Points
The 2009 Eidolon shows the house suppleness and polish with a seamless, elegant mouthfeel that’s hard to resist. Coming all from the Eidolon Vineyard and a blend of 37% Syrah, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec and 12% Petit Verdot, it is a full-bodied, richly fruited effort that offers up plenty of cassis, chocolate, espresso and ripe herb aromas and flavors as well as a supple, moderately concentrated mid-palate and a clean finish. Enjoy it over the coming decade. Drink now-2023.

2009 Mith – 91 Points
Also outstanding, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Mith is slightly more reserved and classic, with floral-laced notions of black fruits, spice box, sandalwood and licorice giving way to a medium to full-bodied, supple and beautifully polished mouthfeel. Open knit and drinking beautifully (and hiding the warmth of the vintage nicely), it will continue to impress for another 5- 7 years. Drink now to 2020.   

2008 Pandemonium – 90 Points
Inky purple in color and loaded with layers of fruit and texture, the 2008 Pandemonium is 100% Syrah and comes from block 19 of the Pepper Bridge Vineyard. Sage brush, black currants, smoke, blackberry and hints of pepper all emerge from the glass and on the palate, the wine is rich, full-bodied and beautifully textured. Downright fun to drink, with no hard edges and a knockout texture, this beauty will impress for another 7-8 years or so. Drink now-2020.

2012 Roussanne (White Mith) – 89 Points
A solid effort, the 2012 Roussanne Mith offers up a lively, fresh array of citrus, big minerality, apple and brioche on the nose. Medium-bodied, beautifully pure, elegant and classy, with integrated acidity, it’s a delicious white that deserves a classy meal. Overall, it’s slightly straightforward, yet offers excellent purity of fruit and depth. It will drink nicely for 4-5 years. Drink now-2019.


ARTICLE: The Gameological Questionare with Bungie President Harold Ryan

Looking for a wine to drink while you’re gaming? 

In an interview with the Gameological Society, Harold Ryan, president of gaming company Bungie, stated that Balboa’s Mith pairs best with Bungie’s new game, Destiny. Read about it here.


REVIEW: 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon & 2010 Estate Syrah, Thomas Price Master Sommelier

2010 Balboa Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($34)
This gorgeous cabernet from a select block of the Eidolon Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley shows magenta and ruby color in the glass, flowing with a lifted nose of violet, star anise and soft red raspberry… On the palate, more blackberry and current tones come forward with cedar, black  olive and a perfect accent of clove, baking spice and vanilla. The Eidolon site’s signature white stone minerality carries the long finish. Beautiful power and focus without being heavy or oak dominated…A stunner! Try it with something tasty off the grill, like Prime Rib or a slow cooked Leg of Lamb!

2010 Balboa Estate Syrah ($34)
This Syrah from the B5 block of the Eidolon Vineyard is my favorite version of the varietal from any producer I’ve tasted thus far from the 2010 vintage! A vibrant red and purple color in the glass leans into beautiful bold aromatic notes of bright red plum, red cherry, savory herb, white pepper and red flowers on the nose. The palate is bursting with raspberry, plum and currant flavors, with tones of light applewood smoke, clove and white pepper carrying the long finish. Simply put, this wine ROCKS! Have it by itself or with some Carnitas from your nearest taco truck or spicy Asian fare!


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


AWARD: Balboa Ranks Among Region’s Top 50 Wines, Seattle Times

After a blind tasting of over 5,000 wines, the Seattle Times ranked our 2010 Estate Syrah among the top 50 wines from the Pacific Northwest! Check out the article here.


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