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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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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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Introducing the 2011 NADIA Port

April 19, 2017

New Release! Thrilled to introduce our 2011 NADIA Port in the Tasting Room.  Eric LOVES making this extra-curricular wine. Okay, we admit it’s a bit like a vanity project, since our bottling is small: 211 cases. (This is about double what we usually release.) We’re also not known for our Port — an incentive for Eric to […]

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Pinot Versus Pinot

March 8, 2017

This past weekend marked the 17th Annual World of Pinot Noir Seminar at the Bacara Resort in Goleta. I remember hosting many internationally renowned Pinot Noir winemakers when the celebration was based at the Cliffs in Pismo Beach.  Our community would get together united in their love of this one grape varietal, extolling the virtues […]

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Champagne Sparks Joy with (and without) Food!

February 8, 2017

My drink of choice on Valentine’s Day and to be honest, every day is bubbles. Bubbles come typically under different names: Champagne (the gold standard by definition can only be made in the Champagne region of France). Some other names for Sparkling Wines are: Prosecco from Italy, Cava from Spain, Cremant from the Loire region […]

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Guest Blog from Owner, Nadia Zilkha: Celebration Bubbles

April 24, 2014

Last week I spent some time around the vineyards of New York’s Long Island, and was startled by how far behind the vines were in contrast to ours at Laetitia. Of course, this was hardly a surprise considering the winter we’ve just had on the East Coast but wandering outside of Duckwalk Vineyards in Watermill, […]

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30th Anniversary through the eyes of Carmen Hickey

October 18, 2013

I can remember the day vividly in my mind.  I was wearing a pair of sky blue bell bottoms and I had my nine month old baby boy on my hip.  I walked into the Laetitia Tasting Room for the first time since my husband Dave had come to work at the winery.  The Tasting […]

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30th Anniversary through the eyes of Jan Wilkinson

August 27, 2013

This year will mark my 19th harvest at Laetitia Vineyard & Winery.  Although much has changed over the years I have been here, much has also remained the same.  When I started here back in January of 1995, I was the only office personnel and only female working with our small team of less than […]

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Why fruit for sparkling wines is harvested first..

September 4, 2012

Many folks have asked us over the years why we harvest the fruit for our sparkling wines before all else.  The truth is it is actually a matter of taste, rather than necessity and it isn’t as complicated as one may think. The world’s sparkling palate has been trained for centuries by the wines of […]

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