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Guest Blog from Head Winemaker, Eric Hickey: Laetitia Chardonnay

May 26, 2015

We tend to be a little Pinot-centric around here. Of course having 440 acres of Pinot Noir vines to work with will do that to you. But we also grow another fantastic varietal – Chardonnay. We have 85 acres spread out in three main areas of our ranch and make three different bottlings – Estate, […]

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Guest Blog from Sparkling Winemaker, Dave Hickey: Rosé Colored Wine Glass

March 11, 2015

Several years ago I was at a pouring at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. The wines featured that day were our Brut Cuvée and our Brut Rosé. The guests that I would be serving were enjoying a trip on a “wine trail”, which means that they were all traveling on busses from one destination to another and […]

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MLK Weekend 2-Pack Sale & Chanterelle Sauce Recipe

January 16, 2015

5 Days Left! Now through Tuesday, January 20th. Retail: $64.00 / Sale: $54.40 / Wine Club: $48.00 As we celebrate the life and achievements of one of the most influential American civil rights leaders, Martin Luther King, Jr., we are offering 15% OFF a 2-pack set of our 2012 Laetitia Brut Rosé and 2013 Laetitia Clone […]

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Guest Blog from President & Winemaker, Eric Hickey: To punch or pump?

January 8, 2015

I am often asked “how do you get so much color  in your Pinot Noir?” As with all things wine, it begins in the vineyard. The techniques we employ with canopy management ensure that the grapes naturally produce a large amount of color compounds in the skins. Our job in the winery is to extract […]

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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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Brut Coquard Vertical

July 7, 2014

It is rare that we have the opportunity to offer a vertical of any of our wines, let alone one of our Sparkling Winemaker’s favorites. Our Brut Coquard, simply put, was first made as a tribute to the wooden coquard basket presses we use to press our fruit destined  for the sparkling wine program. Back in […]

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

June 5, 2014

Father’s Day is coming quickly and we’ve created a handy gift guide with plenty of options sure to please your wine-loving pop. He can create an outdoor oasis with a handmade ice chest repurposed from a used wine barrel, wearing his favorite sunglasses, held on by a cork sunglass cord (that will float when dropped […]

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Guest Blog from President & Head Winemaker, Eric Hickey: Chardonnay

May 15, 2014

Chardonnay, like most people I know, loves life on the coast. While it may be more particular about the actual soil type it grows in, I think we all have a lot in common with the world’s favorite white wine. Here at Laetitia, our style is truly reflective of the original purpose of the vineyards […]

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Easter Wine Pairings

April 17, 2014

There are almost limitless possibilities when it comes to pairing food and wine for Easter celebrations but there is definitely a method to the madness. Here are a few different ways to go about pairing wine with food; pair wines that mimic the flavors of the foods, or wines that balance the highs and lows of the food(think; […]

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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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