Visit to Santa Barbara Vineyard in the Cuyama Valley

May 30, 2018

Every time I return to our Santa Barbara Vineyard, I am struck anew by how stunning it is. This happens even when I’ve been a way for only a few days. But my return last week was after an absence of seven months. I went up with Lino Bozzano, our vineyard manager. The vineyard was […]

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Twenty Years of Gratitude with Laetitia Winery

April 4, 2018

I’m proposing a toast (not unusual in our business) to celebrate our 20 years of ownership of Laetitia Vineyard & Winery.  Yes, my father and I have owned this beautiful property since 1998. Time has both raced by and stood still. Eric Hickey, our president and winemaker joined Laetitia in 1994, his dad Dave Hickey […]

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Movies and Wine

January 9, 2018

Happy New Year! Frigid temperatures, rain or snow make for perfect movie-watching weather. Being that I live in New York, recent winter storms left me confined to the walls of my apartment. I’ve taken this opportunity to revisit my favorite wine-related movies (you can understand why).  I thought I’d share this list with you—in case […]

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Laetitia Gift Guide

November 14, 2017

We are delighted to announce the release of our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. We all know shopping for the holidays can be stressful at times. Finding a balance between work, family and personal time can be a struggle in itself, add to that all of the different elements that come with the holidays and it […]

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Nadia on Harvest

October 18, 2017

This is usually a time of celebration at the vineyard. We’ve been troubled– I’m sure you are, too– by the recent natural disasters, following, almost relentlessly, one after another. Many of you reached out last week to make sure we were okay. Thank you so much for your concern. Last week’s terrible fires in Northern […]

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Laetitia’s 2017 Harvest

September 14, 2017

It’s harvest again, a time we look forward to all year and once it starts we can’t wait for it to be over. Harvest – the fruit of our labor in the vineyard, the result of so many different factors: pruning, trellising, micro-climates, planting, soils and ultimately the weather. In 2017 the weather has affected […]

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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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