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Last Days of Summer … Last Days of Bingham Estate 2016 Reserve Cabernet Franc

Last Days of Summer … Last Days of Bingham Estate 2016 Reserve Cabernet Franc

Enjoy your last days of summer with a special wine bundle…

1 bottle of 2019 Albariño
1 bottle of 2018 High Plains Sunset Rosé
1 bottle of 2017 Tempranillo, low inventory
1 bottle of 2016 Reserve Cab Franc, low inventory

Last days of 2016 Reserve Cabernet Franc are here as well. There will be no 2017 Reserve Cabernet Franc, so stock up on the 2016. 

These packages will be available as inventory lasts at each of our tasting rooms.

Also if you choose to pick up this bundle at one of our tasting room, you may also pick out a free t-shirt of you choice of size and color to relax in as you enjoy your wine.

Rest assured drinking Bingham wine, knowing not only where the grapes were grown and the wine made, but that you are drinking quality wine.
Relax and enjoy!



First Day of Bingham Grape Harvest in 2020

First Day of Bingham Grape Harvest in 2020

Today was the first day for us to harvest grapes in 2020. Just a few rows of Gewürztraminer. Crop damage it too bad to salvage any of the fruit, but it has to be harvested for records. I guess there will not be any estate Gewürztraminer for 2020 from Bingham. But we have just released our 2019 Gewürztraminer. As all our varietal wines, this wine will be club exclusive for three months to give our club member the first change to buy and enjoy this wine. 

If you are not a club member, there may be some bottles of our 2018 Gewürztraminer available at one of our tasting rooms. Consider joining one of our wine clubs to have the best access to our wines.


We do have a new (to us) harvester to try out today. We traded in our two harvesters that had to be pulled by a tractor for this self-propelled model. Everyone was excited to see it run. It will be gentler on the vines as well as the fruit, so that we can make even better quality wine to share with our friends.

Not much Viognier this year either, but Petit Verdot looks promising. I’ll keep you updated on the harvest.


Organic Pima Cotton Growing on Bingham Farm

Organic Pima Cotton Growing on Bingham Farm

An update is in order to see the beautiful blooms in our organic pima cotton.

We do need a rain, but the cotton is looking good for now. The blossom are turning from yellowish white to pink, and then to purple. Once they fall away there we be a square (don’t ask me why they call it that) which will produce the cotton boll. For now we can enjoy the blossoms.


Becker Vineyards Visit in 2009 #TBT

Visit to Becker Vineyards in 2009

The first year that we grew grapes for Becker Vineyards was in 2006. That was the first year that we sold grapes to any winery. We appreciated the fact that Becker signed a contract with us before we had put an acre in the ground. We all worked hard to produce great grapes that Becker could make into great wine, and they did just that.

We visited Becker Vineyards as a family in 2009. Richard and Bunny Becker were our gracious host and hostess as well as all of the great bunch at Becker.


We had a wonderful tour of the winery with Dr. Robert Becker telling us about their expansions and new projects. As well as how they were taking good care of our grapes, making wonderful wine. They were building one of their tasting room addition at the time.

We had a wonderful concert afterwards with even our youngest, Brianna, playing a little piece for Bunny and Robert. The whole gang played some fiddle music with Robert joining in on his wash tub bass.

Great times to remember on a #ThrowBackThursday.


Popeye’s Cajun Rice Recipe with Short Rows

Popeye’s Cajun Rice Recipe
with Bingham Short Rows

You love wine and food, so we have another pairing for you. Shannon Brown, a long time team member of Bingham Family Vineyards, is here to share her expertise at creating wonderful wine and food pairings. Gather the wine and the ingredients, and try another pairing with us.

Short Rows is my favorite summer wine! I am usually a red wine girl, but after a day of gardening in the hot Texas summer sun, Short Rows is very refreshing, especially with its slightly Summer Shandy note. The sweetness of the Short Rows compliments the spiciness of the creole seasoning and the sriracha chili sauce!
Served with a small side salad it makes a complete meal. I used blue cheese dressing, which paired excellent with Short Rows, as did Better than Bacon vinaigrette.

Shannon Brown

Betty’s Variation

Sauteing onions, garlic, and bell peppers are some of the best smells to start a meal.

This is a nice recipe to spice up to your individual taste. I did make some of mine milder, so that I could feed some to grandson, Max.

The sweetness of the Short Rows makes a nice compliment to a spicy dish as well as just sipping on the patio on a hot summer day.

Many people will say that they started drinking sweet wines, and then moved towards dry wines. When it comes to pairing wine with food, both types of wine are needed from time to time.

We strive to make all of our wines quality wine, dry or sweet, so that you have a wide selection to explore with various wine and food pairings.

Our Short Rows bottled in 2017 won a silver medal at the 2020 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition.

As you can see, somehow I grabbed a bottle of the newly bottled 2019 Short Rows for this photo, but it needs to bottle age a bit for stability, so buy the award winning 2017 bottling for now.

Recipe and Printing

Popeye’s Cajun Rice – copycat

with Short Rows
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 348kcal
Author: Shannon Brown
Wine: Short Rows


  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, or vegetable oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 green or red pepper, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp creole seasoning, Shannon used 1 Tbsp
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, Shannon used 1 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp course ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water


Cook Rice

  • Rinse your rice well then add to a dutch oven with you broth.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce to medium low heat.
  • Cover and cook for 20 minutes.

Cook meat mixture

  • While the rice is cooking, add olive oil, ground beef, bell pepper, and onion to a large cast iron skillet on medium high heat, breaking it apart as you cook, for about 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Add in the garlic powder, celery seed, creole seasoning, cayenne, and black pepper along with the water and stir well.

Add both mixtures

  • Add the rice to the mixture, stir well to combine and serve.
  • Top with a healthy dose of Sriracha Chili Sauce if desired.


Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 490mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee.

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Now you have the recipe. Don’t forget to buy the wine.


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