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Walla Walla UB

"This excellent rosé is round, ripe, and showing mixed cherry and apple fruit flavors,  it's soft and accesible, with beautiful fruit and some delicate splice notes of cinammon and sandalwood."

Trust Cellars owner/winemaker Steve Brooks left Atlanta after two decades at CNN, bound and determined to become a winemaker. He had never before made wine or studied winemaking, but an artiicle in the New York Times got him interested in Eastern Washington. Until he read it, Brooks admits, he had no idea that grapes were even grown there.

Inspired, he told everyone he knew that he was going to go an start his own winery. "That's so I couldn't back out," he explains. "We opened the map and looked and saw that Walla Walla was in the middle of nowhere." Nonetheless, he journeyed west, convinced his wife (a freelance sports director) that Walla Walla was in fact the right place to make wine, sold their Atlanta house and began helping out local wineries.

You don't generally start at the top when you are apperenticing yourself to someone in the wine business "All you do is rack (empty, clean, and refill barrels)", says Brooks. "And when you get done, you start over. But wwhat was I going to do? I wasn't going to go to the Tri-Cities and get a TV job."

Five years later, Brooks has his reward. Three new wines from Trust Cellars were released last month: roughly 450 cases total of a reisling, a syrah, and this excellent rosé. Round, ripe, and showing mixed cherry and apple fruit flavors,  it's soft and accesible, with beautiful fruit and some delicate splice notes of cinammon and sandalwood.