Laetitia and Thomas Hill Organics at James Beard House – A Match Made in the West Village

Last Saturday night, Owner Nadia Zilkha, Winemaker Eric Hickey, and VP Vineyard Operations Lino Bozzano descended on the Mecca of American cuisine, the James Beard House, for a multi-course dinner presented alongside Thomas Hill Organics Chef Christopher Manning. The dinner sold out quickly, much to everyone’s delight, and included a beautiful line-up of pairings including:

IMG_6350Pan-Seared Dayboat Scallops with Sunchoke Purée, Blonde Frisée, Spring Garlic Vinaigrette, and Oyster Mushrooms

Laetitia 2013 Estate Chardonnay

and

Wildflower Honey–Glazed Rack of Spring Lamb with Cauliflower Purée, Kalamata Olives, Broccoli Rabe, Roasted Red Bell Peppers, and Rosemary Glace de Viande​

Laetitia La Colline 2012 Pinot Noir

Laetitia Les Galets 2012 Pinot Noir

The crowd – a mix of foodies and oenophiles both professional and amateur – included Wine Enthusiast Deputy Editor Mike Dawson and Esther Mobley with Wine Spectator. To get to the back patio for hors d’oeuvres and Laetitia Brut Cuvée ND, guests walked directly through the kitchen where Chef Manning and his team were hard at work preparing for the evening. Later, everyone was seated at tables staggered throughout the dining room where James Beard entertained guests and fomented the American food revolution of the 1960s and 70s along with the likes of tastemakers like Julia Child and M.F.K. Fisher.

Eric, Nadia and Lino each spoke a bit about the Central Coast, the vines,  and Laetitia’s extreme proximity to the Pacific Ocean. As course after course emerged from the kitchen and wine after beautiful wine was poured, the consensus among those seated on the floor was that the Central Coast and Laetitia in particular, are putting out some of the highest quality wines in the world.

Although James Beard (pictured above) couldn’t be with us – we know he was there in spirit. What an honor it was to be there!

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