VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines 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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