Dave Hickey

Dave Hickey's career as Vice President Production and Sparkling Winemaker began unexpectedly in 1985 when he was hired for construction and clean-up at Laetitia’s predecessor, Maison Deutz. During his time around the winery, Dave became fascinated with the traditional Méthode Champenoise for sparkling winemaking. “I was a willing student, and the winemaker was a willing teacher,” says Dave, adding, “I love to learn.” It wasn’t long before he was invited to join the Maison Deutz staff assisting in sparkling wine production and overseeing winery systems operations.

Like his son, Eric Hickey, Dave made the all-important journey to France to supplement his hands-on education by observing the styles and techniques of noted Champagne producers. In addition, Dave has received comprehensive training from several esteemed sparkling wine consultants in both the New and Old World styles.

Dave became Laetitia's Sparkling Winemaker in 1999 and has since become the Vice President Production and brought his accumulated experience and artistry to bear on the winery's award-winning series of sparkling wines. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Carmen, children, grandchildren, and building classic cars.

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