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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

November 30, 2016

  If you’re goal-oriented like me then you accomplished the following in the past week or so: you had a pretty wonderful Thanksgiving filled with great food, family and friends; you capitalized on a few Black Friday bargains; you also made sure not to miss one of the many Cyber Monday emails advertising discounted shoes, […]

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Pinot Noir Rules at Laetitia

November 16, 2016

Last week I presented Laetitia and NADIA wines to a delightful group at the 2016 American Wine Society Conference in Costa Mesa, CA. What a privilege to have been invited back to address this important conference on behalf of our wines. I love talking about Laetitia and sharing what makes us special. To this end, […]

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The Crush Chronicle Finale

November 2, 2016

It’s a wrap! Yes, it’s true! The 2016 harvest for Laetitia and Santa Barbara Highlands was officially completed last Wednesday. It’s both a happy and sad time for us. The hard work we’ve done all year has paid off, but now we must start again, planning and thinking about the year to come. For me […]

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Good Morning Music City!

October 19, 2016

Good morning, Nashville! Good morning Nashville! This refrain echoes from Robert Altman’s classic movie! I’m thrilled to be in this rapidly expanding city— a favorite for bachelorettes, headquarters to many new healthcare companies, and a destination for conferences, Nashville delivers southern charm and hospitality in spades, and yes, that’s what we received this week. Everyone was […]

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Move Over Autumn, Summer’s Back at Laetitia

October 5, 2016

It’s been impossibly busy in the vineyard and cellar this week.   The heat spike last week really took us by surprise and we haven’t had a moment’s rest since then. All is going very well and we’re happy with the progress so far but couldn’t get face-to-face time with anyone to keep you informed.  […]

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The Crush Chronicles: Part IV

September 21, 2016

Eric we’ve heard from Dave and Lino. . .your turn, What’s your take on the 2016 harvest?  We have completed about 25% – 30% of our Pinot harvest and have just pressed off the first lots and put them to barrel.  I am VERY pleased with how they taste, so I have to give a great […]

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The Crush Chronicles: Part III

September 7, 2016

It’s all hands on deck at the winery right now, our wine-making team is busy evaluating, tasting, and turning our precious grapes into wine. In the tasting room, our wine club is also very busy with pick-up parties and shipping our latest Wine Club to you, our dear customer. For Wine Club shipment and pick-up […]

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The Crush Chronicles: Part II

August 24, 2016

I have asked our Sparkling Winemaker, Dave Hickey to share his Harvest experience over the next couple of months. Dave brings this critical moment of the year in wine to life. Thank you Dave for all you do and for your dedication to creating award-winning sparkling wines for 31 years.   Dave Hickey’s Diary:  Tuesday, August 23rd, […]

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The Crush Chronicle: Part I

August 10, 2016

Laetitia Vineyard August 10, 2016 6:30 AM.  “Let’s go!” Lino says, it’s time to pick our grapes. “Harvest Shm-arvest” as Lino calls it, starts now because we pick the grapes for our sparkling program with sugars at 18 to 20 Brix (still wines are picked later with sugars at 23 to 28 Brix). In the […]

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Pinot vs. Pinot: Whole Cluster vs. Reserve

July 27, 2016

Taste – like Pinot Noir. Aroma – like fresh cut lavender on the east side of the hills of Kilimanjaro. Color – Red? Finish – yes, I finished the bottle. Huh, what’s that about??? Yesterday I interviewed Laetitia winemaker Eric Hickey about the difference in the feel and taste of my current two favorite 2014 […]

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