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Corks vs Screw Caps

February 22, 2017

Over the past decade we spent a lot of time thinking about the benefits of screw cap versus cork closures. As a group we wondered about your feelings. Would you miss the traditional cork? How did you feel about this trend in the marketplace? After one year’s trial on a mobile bottling line, there were […]

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How Long Does Wine Last Once Opened?

January 24, 2017

Are you still in recovery mode from your New Year’s celebrations? We are. Still drinking wine, though in moderation.  Leaving half open bottles of Pinot hurts too much – but there are some secrets to extending its life. One of our most popular blogs from our past addresses this issue, so we thought we’d recycle […]

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Pinot vs. Pinot: Whole Cluster vs. Reserve

July 27, 2016

Taste – like Pinot Noir. Aroma – like fresh cut lavender on the east side of the hills of Kilimanjaro. Color – Red? Finish – yes, I finished the bottle. Huh, what’s that about??? Yesterday I interviewed Laetitia winemaker Eric Hickey about the difference in the feel and taste of my current two favorite 2014 […]

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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 VP of Vineyard Ops, Lino Bozzano: Hang-time

June 17, 2015

It is always assumed that California is the land of the endless summer. Everybody lives at the beach, hangs out in swimsuits and swims in the warm ocean. However, the fact is California’s coastal climates are inverse to what most people think. Our winters are warm and our summers cool. The long growing season at […]

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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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