Laetitia on the Road-The James Beard Dinner in the Somm Journal

Somm Journal Aug/Sept_1-35.inddWe recently made our way to New York for an exclusive Laetitia Winemaker Dinner at the infamous James Beard House. We were paired with Thomas Hill Organics of Paso Robles, CA for a one-of-a-kind experience highlighting all that the Central Coast has to offer.

The dinner was a smashing success and included a beautiful line-up of food and wine pairings including:

Liberty Farms Duck Breast and Leg Confit with Beluga Lentils, Montana Huckleberries, Navel Oranges, and Petite Salad paired with Laetitia Reserve du Domaine Pinot Noir 2013*

and D’Anjou Pear Mille-Feuille with Pear Mousse, Pear Brandy Butterscotch, and Almond Toffee paired with Laetitia Brut Rosé 2012*

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 NV*, 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.

A recap on the dinner was recently featured in The Somm Journal Magazine. Head to their website at to read more. Although James Beard couldn’t be with us – we know he was there in spirit. What an honor it was to be there!

*Both wines above are featured at 30% off for club members through the month of September.

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