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Pinot Noir Rules at Laetitia

November 16, 2016

Last week I presented Laetitia and NADIA wines to a delightful group at the 2016 American Wine Society Conference in Costa Mesa, CA. What a privilege to have been invited back to address this important conference on behalf of our wines. I love talking about Laetitia and sharing what makes us special. To this end, […]

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The Crush Chronicles: Part IV

September 21, 2016

Eric we’ve heard from Dave and Lino. . .your turn, What’s your take on the 2016 harvest?  We have completed about 25% – 30% of our Pinot harvest and have just pressed off the first lots and put them to barrel.  I am VERY pleased with how they taste, so I have to give a great […]

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Guest Blog from Sparkling Winemaker, Dave Hickey: Croissant. Mademoiselle. La Tour Eiffel.

May 14, 2015

In the world of winemaking there is a constant evolution of ideas of how to make a better wine. For the winemaker this means that he may have to set up various experiments that may take many months, or even years to give him the results that he is looking for. But every once in […]

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Why We Harvest Fruit at Night

September 8, 2014

If you drive by the winery after hours during this time of year you may notice the vineyard rows illuminated with flood lights as workers carefully harvest the years bounty throughout the night hours. There are many advantages to harvesting at night, for the wines and crews alike. VP of Vineyard Operations, Lino Bozzano notes, […]

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Guest Blog from Owner, Nadia Zilkha: Champagne Day 2

May 20, 2014

TASTE, TASTE, TASTE was Eric’s mantra today after we visited the Champagne Houses of Billecart-Salmon and Krug. What better way for a winemaker and his team to figure out exactly what’s going on with his wines in the casks or barrel. In wine, as in life, we know where we want to go but we […]

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30th Anniversary through the eyes of Dave Hickey

January 29, 2014

Back in 1985 I was offered a job to work at what was then Pressoir Deutz Winery.  It was a brand new winery right on the 101 freeway.  We bottled our single 1984 sparkling wine that spring and little did I realize that I would still be here in 2013 to see the start of […]

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Guest Blog from Winemaker, Eric Hickey: World of Pinot Noir

February 28, 2013

In the wine industry there are hundreds of trade and consumer events we have the opportunity to participate in.  They afford us the time to share our latest releases and get valuable feedback from wine tasters and industry leaders.  Truth be told, there are really only a few I get excited about and one in […]

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2012 Harvest Wrap Up from Eric Hickey

November 17, 2012

The calm after the storm.  Harvest 2012 is complete.  What was it like?  Let Winemaker Eric Hickey fill you in on the details: “Harvest started late due to the cool summer we had.  About 20% of the Pinot Noir was in the 23.5 brix range, putting us at alcohols of around 13.2%.  The crop was […]

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Wine Tasting Videos

December 7, 2011

We are excited to release our first ever round of tasting note videos from our Father-Son Winemaking Team Dave & Eric Hickey!  These videos are aimed at shedding some light on Winemakers’ practices and what they look for from each vintage of our wines.  We also created a video of Sparkling Winemaker Dave Hickey sabering […]

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Sulfites-the Mystery Ingredient in so Many Wines we Love!

October 5, 2011

Something I am frequently asked about are sulfites.  What are they, are they bad for you and are they what give me a headache when I drink wine?  Sulfites are simply a preservative, used in most food industries, including the wine industry.  Sulfites, or sulfur dioxide will usually cause you no harm unless you suffer […]

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