This epic tale begins with two friends, both passionate about good wine and deep powder, who met while chasing the best wine and the most awesome snow in the magical land known as Tahoe, that's Lake Tahoe, show some respect.
Several years were spent with memorable powder runs followed by evenings around long tables with good friends, and wonderful wine. Talks of hopes and dreams just flew by. Eventually, not fast enough according to their parents, they got a little older, and their dreams got a little bolder. After one particularly memorable gathering, they stayed up late to ponder the meaning of life and their future. They agreed their shared passion for wine was the direction they should follow and that it was their time to make their mark on the wine industry.
Late night conversations turned into daytime discussions and serious strategic planning. They determined that it was time to leave their beloved Tahoe powder and move to Oregon, home of the Willamette Valley and Pinot Noir. They seized the day, made their bold move, and the Le Doubblé Troubblé Wine Co., twice the trouble and twice the fun, was born.
Since the initial move to Oregon, LDT Wines has moved to the Columbia River Gorge, where wine and skiing meet. Come visit!
Christopher Stiffler grew up in the suburbs of Boston, that’s Beantown, but spent most of his weekends in Vermont where he developed his love of skiing. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Economics, he made the move to Lake Tahoe to pursue his skiing passion. While in Tahoe, a college friend introduced Chris to to the wine industry in Napa Valley, sparking his interest in the wine. Chris worked his first harvest in Sonoma, opening a place in his heart for winemaking. He then turned to the Willamette Valley to learn the art of Pinot Noir. After one last winter in Tahoe, Chris moved to the Columbia River Gorge, where skiing and wine meet.
McIntosh Forrence was born and raised on a 100-year old family apple orchard in upstate New York near Lake Placid, the Olympic Village. Instead of following in his father’s footsteps and studying pomology, he entered the wine world by studying viticulture and enology at Cornell University. Upon graduation he found work in the Napa Valley, but having a great deal to learn he traveled all he could seeking the secrets of grapes and winemaking. His travels took him to New Zealand, Argentina, Sonoma, Burgundy, Tuscany, and Oregon. Tosh discovered the glory of the Pinot Noir grape in Oregon. He moved there in 2013 to pursue his two favorite passions – wine and skiing, pursued separately most of the time. Tosh found his personal paradise in the Columbia River Gorge with wine and skiing all around.