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Blending & Bottling Season at Laetitia

August 10, 2017

In winemaking, as in life, the cycle is seasonal: there’s bud break in spring; harvest in late summer through fall; dormancy and rest in winter. The winery also has its annual cycle: we’re now deep into the blending and bottling season. There’s a practical reason for this timing: we need cellar space for the next […]

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Gifts that Give: Laetitia’s Annual Charity Wine

July 27, 2017

I wrote last year about the 2013 Quattro—an unusual blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Petite Syrah, crafted by Eric Hickey. We are enthusiastic about this blend. Not only is it an innovative, delicious and food friendly wine, every year we donate a portion of Quattro sales to two local charities. Partnering with a […]

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Viticulture and Rain- An Intriguing Dialogue in California

July 11, 2017

It’s all about the rain! After recent downpours, I had assumed there’d be an abundance of fruit and vegetables in California. I live in New York now and was sure the torrents of rain had solved all the problems created by years of drought in California. But my daughter Daniela, who lives in San Francisco, […]

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Beyond the Bio: Selim Zilkha at 90

June 9, 2017

My father, Selim Zilkha, embodies the original Latin meaning of Laetitia: joy and happiness. He’s smart, he’s dynamic, he’s fun, was an early adopter of Facebook, he’s endlessly curious, social and, at 90, still going strong. He just celebrated his birthday with a stunning party for 200 of his close friends, colleagues and family. He’s as […]

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Library Wine Sale

May 9, 2017

I’ve been meaning to write a profile of my father, Selim Zilkha, who celebrated his 90th birthday last month with a wonderful fête. But each time I start, something unusual happens at Laetitia that I don’t want you to miss. This time, even Dad wants me to postpone his profile to tell you about the […]

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Introducing the 2011 NADIA Port

April 19, 2017

New Release! Thrilled to introduce our 2011 NADIA Port in the Tasting Room.  Eric LOVES making this extra-curricular wine. Okay, we admit it’s a bit like a vanity project, since our bottling is small: 211 cases. (This is about double what we usually release.) We’re also not known for our Port — an incentive for Eric to […]

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Home Improvements

April 5, 2017

Yesterday we drove to Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard in the Cuyama Valley. With a very wet winter finally behind us, the valley was glorious with blankets of yellow wildflowers and long green grasses under a perfect blue sky. The first stop was to look at our impressive new reservoir. It seems like a mini-lake, filled […]

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Pinot Versus Pinot

March 8, 2017

This past weekend marked the 17th Annual World of Pinot Noir Seminar at the Bacara Resort in Goleta. I remember hosting many internationally renowned Pinot Noir winemakers when the celebration was based at the Cliffs in Pismo Beach.  Our community would get together united in their love of this one grape varietal, extolling the virtues […]

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Corks vs Screw Caps

February 22, 2017

Over the past decade we spent a lot of time thinking about the benefits of screw cap versus cork closures. As a group we wondered about your feelings. Would you miss the traditional cork? How did you feel about this trend in the marketplace? After one year’s trial on a mobile bottling line, there were […]

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Champagne Sparks Joy with (and without) Food!

February 8, 2017

My drink of choice on Valentine’s Day and to be honest, every day is bubbles. Bubbles come typically under different names: Champagne (the gold standard by definition can only be made in the Champagne region of France). Some other names for Sparkling Wines are: Prosecco from Italy, Cava from Spain, Cremant from the Loire region […]

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