Denise McLean (left), daughter Morgan, Layne McLean, daughter Ilani. (Syrah the Boston)

Churn Creek Cellars is a local, family owned business. The principals are Layne and Denise McLean. We started our venture in viticulture and winemaking by planting a small vineyard on our property. We named it after our Basset Hounds, and it is known as Fat Basset Vineyards. We also have two Boxers (Vino and Nebbiolo), and a Boston Terrier (Syrah - pictured above).

The wine that is made from our vineyard will have the Fat Basset label on it. All other wine we produce and bottle will feature the Churn Creek Cellars logo. Every drop we sell will be made by us. We do not purchase bulk wine, or shiners, and we never will. We purchase only bulk grapes. The growers we work with have very high standards.

Besides viticulture and wine, we stay busy with other activities. Denise teaches Middle School and also tutors kids after school 3 days a week. Layne teaches High School and also busy coaching JV Girls Basketball. He also teaches four courses (two in computer science, two in winemaking) for Shasta College. Ilani (Anthropology & G.I.S. studies) and Morgan (Early Childhood Education) are both "full-time" students. Morgan is at Shasta College and Ilani will be attending the University of Essex in England in the new year. We are not a family that sits around, but we will slow down long enough to share a glass of wine with you!