VOLUME 10, ISSUE 4
February 8, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs: Time to Pop the Corks? Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Pinot Noir Wine as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle: 2014 in Review - Prologue Governments & Alcohol Action Groups Have a Loud Voice in 2014 Alcohol and Weight Gain Pinot Briefs
Don and Lindsay Schroeder created the Chien brand after being inspired by the wines of Alsace. The pair moved to the Lompoc Valley from Eureka, California in 2000 to help Don's mother and stepfather plant their vineyard, which is now Ampelos Vineyard. Don also assisted in making wines for Ampelos and is now the winemaker for Sea Smoke Cellars.
The name Chien is the French word for "dog." Raising two dogs has created a special place in their hearts for these animals. Chien donates a portion of profits each year to an animal rescue foundation. The emphasis with Chien is Grüner Veltliner and Edelzwicker.
The Schroeders also have another independent label, Chien Tcheté (French for "spotted dog"), which includes Beaujolais-style wines using Pinot Noir grapes from Central Coast vineyards.
The first vintage is 2008. The wines are sold through a mailing list and at the Ampelos tasting room in Lompoc.
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