The Woodinville Winers visit Trust Cellars

On one of our recent trips to the Tourist District, we stumbled upon Trust Cellars ( and decided to give it a try. Trust is yet another example of a great Eastern Washington winery opening a tasting room in Woodinville. 

At the time we didn’t know much about them and were pleasantly surprised.

The Trust tasting room is located near the Purple Café in Woodinville where we met Terry Christiani, one of the most knowledgable tasting room managers we have ever met.

Terry started us off with the 2011 Riesling from Columbia Valley. As we started our tasting, we asked for tasting notes and found out that Steve, the winemaker, doesn’t believe in them. We couldn’t agree more. 

It has always seemed strange to the Winers that so many people let others tell them what they should be tasting in wine. 

We remind readers that you are the only one with your particular palette and are therefore uniquely qualified to judge the taste of wine on your palette. 

We applaud Steve’s stance on the topic of tasting notes.

As we moved onto the reds, Terry told us some other interesting stories about Steve, who was a television producer for CNN on the East Coast in his past career.

In 2005, Steve had a mid-life crisis (not our words!) and decided to move with his family to Walla Walla, Wash., to make wine, which he knew nothing about. 

Washington has been benefitting from his wines ever since.

We contrasted two different Syrahs from Trust, namely the 2008 Syrah from Columbia Valley and the 2010 Syrah from Walla Walla. 

This was a great demonstration of the different AVAs, with the Columbia Valley proving to be more about earth and spice and Walla Walla being more about fruit and pepper. 

This was a true reminder of how great the Syrah grape is in Washington state — a grape that very well may be the grape of Washington’s future. 

The highlight of the tasting was a 2010 "Mystery" Syrah from the Columbia Valley. Not even Terry could tell us about it as Steve insisted in making it a mystery to all of Trust’s employees. 

This wine had a distinct nose to it —  a subtle "grassy" and "barnyard" nose. 

We rated it the highest on the day. 

While we did try some of the other wines from Trust, we highly recommend the Syrahs. 

Trust also makes a very nice red blend called t.a.t.t. (tried and true table wine), which we would also highly recommend in the value category if you are looking for a good overall red table wine.

The tasting room is located at 14469 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. and tasting room hours are: 1 - 6 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Sunday 1-5 p.m.

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