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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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Guest Blog from VP Vineyard Ops, Lino Bozzano: When to Harvest

February 17, 2015

In the wine world we are constantly talking about the importance of viticulture. How the subtleties of soil, climate, canopy management, etc. effect the flavors and nuances of a wine. Somehow, by having the perfect climate and best viticulture practices we will make great wine. However, there is one key decision that needs to be […]

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Guest Blog from Owner, Nadia Zilkha: Harvest 2014

September 23, 2014

One of the highlights on my trips to the West Coast is experiencing both the Laetitia and Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyards. As they’re 90 miles apart, one on the coast by San Luis Obispo and the other at 3,000 ft altitude in the Eastern Sierras of Santa Barbara County, the contrast in terroir is enormous. […]

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Harvest Celebration 3-Pack & Annual Grape Stomp

August 13, 2014

Harvest has finally arrived and we want to let you in on the fun! No, we won’t make you pick grapes or dig out tanks but we want to invite you out to stomp some grapes with us in our Coquard basket presses to kick off the season! On Saturday, August 23rd we are hosting […]

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Guest Blog from Viticulturist, Dave Terry: 2 Weeks Out

July 29, 2014

At our Laetitia Vineyard, the year was marked by an uncharacteristically dry spring with higher than normal night time temperatures.  This resulted in a mid-February bud break—almost 3 weeks earlier when compared to 2012 and 2013.  The warmer than usual spring temperatures accelerated shoot growth, bloom,  fruit set and veraison.  However,  this changed during the […]

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Guest Blog from Viticulturist, Kelsey Ryan: Insectary Plantings

May 29, 2014

At Laetitia Vineyard & Winery we are committed to protecting our natural resources while producing quality fruit. We are SIP Certified (Sustainability in Practice) and the standards set forth look at many interrelated elements of the entire farming operation including soil fertility, wildlife, pest management, cover crops and more. One specific element we focus on […]

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2013 Harvest Wrap Up

November 12, 2013

The fruit is picked, the grapes are pressed and now it’s time to reflect on the 2013 harvest!  This year harvest spanned 2.5 months and we brought in  1,778 tons for the Laetitia and NADIA brands.  Harvest is both an exciting and nerve-wrecking time.  While we were anxious to see what the fruit tasted like, […]

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