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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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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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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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Wine Term Pronunciations

August 10, 2015

Even those in the wine industry are subject to the occasional mispronunciation when it comes to wine terminology. How could we not be when something that looks like it should be pronounced terror is actually pronounced teh-rwahr(terroir)? In any event, we’ve gathered some of the most tongue twisting words in the wine world to hopefully make […]

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Guest Blog from Sparkling Winemaker, Dave Hickey: Blending

March 27, 2014

  One of the highlights of my year is when I prepare the final blends for sparkling bottling. I’m often asked what I’m searching for as I taste the wines and decide which blend they will go into. On an average year, I am tasting between 4 lots of Chardonnay, 4 Pinot Noir lots and 3 […]

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30th Anniversary through the eyes of Dave Hickey

January 29, 2014

Back in 1985 I was offered a job to work at what was then Pressoir Deutz Winery.  It was a brand new winery right on the 101 freeway.  We bottled our single 1984 sparkling wine that spring and little did I realize that I would still be here in 2013 to see the start of […]

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