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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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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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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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Giving Back…And Forward

February 11, 2015

On Thursday, January 29, President and Winemaker, Eric Hickey, presented donations to local charities, The Family Care Network and Woods Humane Society, from the proceeds of our 2012 NADIA Quattro red blend. “As a sustainable vineyard and winery, we are always looking for ways to contribute to the sustainability of our community,” says Hickey, “We’ve made […]

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Guest Blog from Owner, Nadia: Laetitia & NADIA at the American Wine Society

November 3, 2014

I entered the wine business for two reasons—one, my father asked me to join him in his new venture and two, I absolutely love wine. Later, when we named one of our brands NADIA, after me, which I felt mixed about I decided it was OK because my favorite line is, “You never know where […]

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Guest Blog from Viticulturist, Kelsey Ryan: Falconry

August 6, 2014

As soon as wine grapes begin to develop color and accumulate sugar (veraison), the grape berries become highly attractive to native and migrating birds, including finches and European Starlings. Several techniques can be used to deter birds from damaging the crop. Bird netting is effective but usually can’t entirely exclude birds from accessing the crop. […]

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Guest Blog from Owner, Nadia Zilkha: NADIA Quattro

June 23, 2014

In the beginning of the new wine project in 2007, that became NADIA wines, I never imagined the new wine would be named after me. In part that’s why the cork reads “You never know where life will take you.” After all, I grew up studying English literature in London, worked in finance in New […]

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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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It’s Grenache Day!

September 20, 2013

It’s International Grenache Day!  The day we celebrate the most widely planted grape in the world that is slowly but surely gaining the recognition (in the US) that it deserves.  Grenache is most often found in Rhône style blends as the component that shows ripe, red berry characteristics along with lovely spice and herbal notes.  […]

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