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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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How Long Does Wine Last Once Opened?

January 24, 2017

Are you still in recovery mode from your New Year’s celebrations? We are. Still drinking wine, though in moderation.  Leaving half open bottles of Pinot hurts too much – but there are some secrets to extending its life. One of our most popular blogs from our past addresses this issue, so we thought we’d recycle […]

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Laetitian’s New Year’s Resolutions

December 29, 2016

In our first newsletter of the year, our team wanted to chime in and commit their new year’s resolutions to print. It’s already the 11th of January and like me you’ve been inundated with emails either extolling or refuting resolutions. Whatever… At Laetitia we’re planning to go about making resolutions the old fashioned way.  This, […]

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A Toast to You

December 28, 2016

Dear Readers, In our final blog post of the year Selim and I wanted to take a moment to appreciate your loyalty and patronage! We give many thanks to the loyal Wine Club Members who’ve enjoyed our quarterly wine club selection this past year. We thank those of you who’ve belonged to the wine club […]

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