Laetitia’s delicious sparkling wines

I just received a press release from Parker Sanpei Lifestyle Public Relations in San Luis Obispo (www.parkersanpei.com) about Laetitia’s sparkling wines for the holiday season. I didn’t write this press release but thought it was some great information to pass along to my readers. Laetitia makes seven unique and delicious sparkling wines, some dry and some sweet ones. What I like about this promotion is the fact that they describe each bubbly flavors, it provides the varieties in each one, and suggests the appropriate dish to pair with it. As for the suggestion you drink one every day for a week; well, that’s entirely your call. I would definitely suggest trying them all through the holiday season as I have been a longtime fan of this excellent winery. I always have a chilled bottle in the frig ready to serve should guests drop in and they love you for sharing it. Happy holidays!

The Wines

Photo by Kathy Marcks Hardesty This was taken during a recent winemakers dinner I attended at Laetitia

Sparkling Wine, All Week Long
Laetitia Vineyard & Winery makes seven styles of sparkling wine for seven delicious days of the week
As the holidays approach, Laetitia Vineyard & Winery is preparing, as always, to sell heaps of their beloved mèthode champenoise sparkling wine. But while sparkling is a perfect choice for festive occasions, dressed up or dressed down, it pairs well with nearly everything. So instead of popping a cork on Saturday night only, why not celebrate the rest of the week, too? After all, Laetitia makes seven different styles of sparkling wine from their coastal estate vineyard in the Arroyo Grande Valley appellation. Coincidence?
Sunday: 2009 Laetitia Brut Coquard ($35) – At 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, the Coquard shows aromas of freshly baked nectarine tart topped with rich mascarpone, candied lime rind and macadamia nuts. Pair with pumpkin soup.
Monday: 2010 Cuvée M ($35) – A 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Cuvée M offers notes of lemon shortbread, lime blossom and bread yeast, along with structured apricot jam nuances. Pair with shrimp jambalaya.
Tuesday: Non-Vintage Brut Cuvée ($25) – Gala apple, streams of bubbles and soft melon notes meet to create this festive sparkling wine comprised of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc, respectively. Pair with fried chicken.
Wednesday: 2011 Brut de Noirs ($30) – 90% Martini 13 Pinot Noir grapes and 10% Chardonnay clones 76 and 4, this sparkler shows luxurious mocha, fresh-baked croissant, and dried cherry nuances. Pair with grilled steak and pepper sandwiches.
Thursday: 2011 Brut Rosé ($30) – As pretty as it is delicious, this sparkling rosé offers notes of strawberries, watermelon rind, fresh brioche and spices. Pair with salad Niçoise.
Friday: Non-Vintage XD ($25) – With just a kiss of sweetness, the XD opens up with aromas of honeysuckle, strawberry rhubarb pie and orange zest. Pair with apple crisp.
Saturday: 2011 Brut de Blancs ($30) – Grapefruit pith and almonds shine in this beautifully golden-straw colored sparkling wine composed of nearly 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. Pair with salmon or tilapia.
Laetitia sparkling wines are available for purchase in their tasting room, open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM. For a festive and delicious holiday outing, be sure to check out Laetitia’s annual Holiday Open House when the winery invites guests to sip wine by the fireplace and get their shopping done early, December 5, 11 AM to 7 PM. This year will feature new releases, light snacks, wine gift packs for sale and live music from 4 to 7 PM.

Laetitia Dave and Eric Hickey

Winemaker Dave Hickey who specializes in sparkling wines, and his son Eric Hickey who makes the still wines and is president of Laetitia. Photo courtesy of Laetitia Winery

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About Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
Since 1982, Laetitia Vineyard & Winery has produced elegant wines that champion the exceptional character and diversity of the Arroyo Grande Valley AVA. Originally founded by an established French Champagne house, the Laetitia estate carries on in the longstanding traditions of Burgundy and Champagne with a focus on small-lot Pinot Noir and sparkling wines. Valuing legacy, balance, innovation, and sustainable practices from harvest to glass, the Laetitia team works meticulously from vintage to vintage to ensure that every bottle of Laetitia wine is as expressive as the land from which it originates. For more information about Laetitia Vineyard & Winery please call 805-481-1772, 1-888-809-VINE, or visit www.LaetitiaWine.com. Laetitia Vineyard & Winery is located at 453 Laetitia Vineyard Drive, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420.

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Photo by Kathy Marcks Hardesty My seat for a winemakers dinner at Laetitia in November 2014

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