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Visit to Santa Barbara Vineyard in the Cuyama Valley

May 30, 2018

Every time I return to our Santa Barbara Vineyard, I am struck anew by how stunning it is. This happens even when I’ve been a way for only a few days. But my return last week was after an absence of seven months. I went up with Lino Bozzano, our vineyard manager. The vineyard was […]

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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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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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Guest Blog from Viticulturist, Dave Terry: A Day in the Life of a Night-Harvester

September 18, 2015

Harvest can be a busy and disorienting time of the year. I say “disorienting” because it marks a shift where we begin working during the nighttime rather than during the day. We harvest during the night because the cool temperatures and lack of sunshine protect the compositional integrity of the fruit. Most times the fruit […]

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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 Laetitia Viticulturist, Dave Terry: Dormant Pruning

January 15, 2013

Originally from New Mexico, Dave Terry is a Graduate of the Masters Program of Viticulture and Enology at CSU Fresno.  His industry work includes stints at Ciel du Cheval in West Richland, Washington and Wild Horse in Paso Robles, California.  He began work as one of our viticulturists last year and we are lucky to […]

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