Brook & Bull Cellars is Ashley Trout’s latest winery, and is a return to her roots of varietally driven, nuanced, and intricately balanced wines. Sourcing from top vineyard sites Trout is able to craft wines that reflect her palate and can be appreciated now or aged over the next decade. Whether it’s conversation or dinner, these wines will undoubtedly pair well.
Brook & Bull wines are hand-crafted from vine to bottle, made with small fruit lots sourced from carefully tended vineyards . From alcohol to acid, phenolics to tannin, balance is always our goal. Our reds tend to age nicely through year eight, while whites and roses trend closer to the three to four-year mark.
We are a 2,000-case winery located in the beautiful rolling hills of the Walla Walla Valley, situated on the famed South-Side in the midst of the Blue Mountains. With sweeping views, vineyard vistas and hugged by historic wheat fields, our tasting room is a lovely spot to spend the day. The long days, never ending sunsets, and cool nights that grace this gorgeous land lend themselves to both legendary grape growing as well as an amazing afternoon on our patio. Join us.
Brook trout, much like winemaker Ashley Trout, are native to the east coast whereas bull trout, like our nation’s best wines, thrive in the Pacific Northwest. Both thrive in the harshest of conditions, much like the best wine grapes, Brook & Bull Cellars is the confluence. Welcome to the best of both worlds.
Formally March Cellars, Brook & Bull has been producing wine since 2014. Ashley has been an integral part of the Washington wine community since the 90’s, working at a variety of locations in Walla Walla and also in multiple hemispheres. This is her third winery. Brook & Bull is the latest and greatest.
Our tasting room is open daily, holidays excluded. Join us at 1249 Lyday Lane Walla Walla, Washington 99362 or call if you have questions at 509-563-2191. We’d love to pour you some wines.
Cheers, The Brook & Bull Crew
Brook & Bull is winemaker Ashley Trout's latest project in the Walla Walla Valley. She began her wine making career at 18, following her passions around the world in search of the best ways to combine a love of wine making with a goal for community betterment. She spent the better part of a decade working harvests in Mendoza Argentina and has been an integral part of the Walla Walla Valley wine scene since 1999.
After an eight year stint at Reininger Winery, she began Flying Trout Wines in 2006 where she focused exclusively on malbec and malbec driven blends. She sold Flying Trout in 2010, staying on as winemaker for another five years with a one-year hiatus to be with her two young children. In 2016 she launched Vital Wines and March Cellars (now known as Brook & Bull).
Our sister winery, Vital Winery, is non-profit, with proceeds supporting Walla Walla Valley vineyard and winery workers access to affordable health care. For more information on this label, feel free to visit the VITAL WEBSITE.
Ashley has two children, a wonderful husband, two dogs and now, Brook & Bull Cellars.
PAul Cockrell, GM
Paul has been with Brook & Bull since the doors opened in October of 2016. His wine career began while studying Hospitality Management at Le Cordon Bleu. Since then, he attended the Enology and Viticulture program here in Walla Walla and studied with the American Sommelier Association in Napa. His first wine harvest was in 2008 in the Willamette Valley, OR. Since then, he has worked harvests in the Yakima Valley, Mendoza Argentina, and numerous vintages in Walla Walla.
Paul has lived all over the US. Born in Tennessee, he quickly noticed the quality of life in the West. In 2002 he moved to Jackson, WY and the surrounding area. After several years there, he has lived in Idaho, Oregon, and now Walla Walla. Living in the NW allows him to spend his leisure time mountain biking, fly fishing, rafting, hiking, and skiing.
TIM DOYLE, Assistant Wine Maker
Tim began working with winemaker Ashley Trout in 2014 and has been the assistant winemaker for VITAL Wines since the 2015 vintage and for Brook and Bull starting in 2017. Tim was raised around the wine industry near Woodinville, WA in the 1980s but took the long road back, first pursuing graduate degrees in philosophy and teaching philosophy and mathematics at UCLA and Whitman College in Walla Walla, where he continues to teach a few courses per year.
SAMMI CLUTE, Director of Relations
Sammi joined Brook and Bull in the fall of 2017 after a stint teaching Outdoor Education in Santa Barbra. She attended Whitman College here in Walla Walla, studying biology with a focus in evolution and spending her free time exploring the blues, kayaking the salmon river, and backpacking through the Wallowa mountains. During that time she worked for several Walla Walla wineries, and discovered her passion for helping people find the right wines for any occasion.