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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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It’s Chardonnay Day!

May 24, 2012

It’s International Chardonnay Day!  What does that mean?  Today is the day we celebrate  the wonderfully diverse grape that hails from Burgundy, France, but can grow just about anywhere-Chardonnay!  Although Chardonnay is at it’s best on the rolling slopes of Bourgogne, it is also commonly found in California, Oregon, Washington, Australia, South Africa, South America […]

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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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