Monthly Archives: February 2015

Laetitia x THO x NYC = OMG

Stop the presses: Our friends at Laetitia Vineyard & Winery recently announced their invitation to join Thomas Hill Organics Bistro’s Chef Christopher Manning to present a dinner at the iconic James Beard House in New York City on Saturday, April 25. (Want to join us? We’ll be there.)

Eric Hickey

Eric Hickey

“A chance to share a taste of the Central Coast at the James Beard House is a true honor,” said Eric Hickey, Laetitia’s President and Head Winemaker, “especially in collaboration with a talent like Chef Manning. His cuisine and Laetitia wines say so much about the beauty and bounty of this place we call home.”

Chef Christopher Manning

Chef Christopher Manning

“Cooking at the James Beard House is a one-of-a-kind experience,” said Chef Manning, who presented a dinner there as Executive Chef of Domaine Chandon’s étoile Restaurant in Napa. “I feel lucky to be invited back, this time representing the Central Coast and partnering with Laetitia and their phenomenal wines.”

The menu for the evening will include:

 Hors d’Oeuvre

Big-Eye Tuna Crudo with Zucchini, Roma Tomatoes, Osetra Caviar, and Lemon Cream on Toasted Brioche
Jamón Ibérico with Manchego Cheese, Olea Farm Olive Oil, and 100-Year-Aged Balsamic on Crostini
Saint Angel Cheese with Pea Tendrils and Bianchetto Truffles in Phyllo Cups
Cognac-Glazed Jumbo Prawns with Piment d’Espelette
Kusshi Oysters with Laetitia Brut Cuvée, Pink Peppercorns, and Lemon Mignonette


Pan-Seared Dayboat Scallops with Sunchoke Purée, Blonde Frisée, Spring Garlic Vinaigrette, and Oyster Mushrooms

Skuna Bay Salmon with Ramps, Marble Potatoes, Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Heirloom Carrots, and Saffron Aïoli

Liberty Farms Duck Breast and Leg Confit with Beluga Lentils, Montana Huckleberries, Navel Oranges, Petite Salad

Wildflower Honey Olives, Broccoli Rabe, Roasted Red Bell Peppers, and Rosemary Glace de Viande​

D’Anjou Pear Mille-Feuille with Pear Mousse, Pear Brandy Butterscotch, and Almond Toffee

The James Beard Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. Converted from the home of the influential American gastronome whose name it bears, the James Beard House continues to be a center for celebrating taste, skill, and artistry in American foodways, including a kitchen and dining room to feature up-and-coming talents and as an important meeting place for America’s food community.

Tickets for the dinner are $130 for James Beard Foundation members, $170 for non-members. For more information about Laetitia Vineyard & Winery and Thomas Hill Organics Bistro’s Chef Christopher Manning at the James Beard House on Saturday, April 25, please visit


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Wedding season field trip: Rings and wines and gowns, oh my!

Olivia, Elissa, Nathan (our bodyguard), and Kyndal

Olivia, Elissa, Nathan (our bodyguard), and Kyndal

In celebration of the upcoming wedding and awards seasons, the Parker Sanpei team recently took a field trip to San Luis Obispo’s Marshalls Jewelers to try on jewels and Starlette O’Hara to try on gowns. And then, just to round-out the festivities, we tasted several Central Coast wines to match. (Tough work, but someone has to do it.)

Marshalls Jewelers

This beautiful jewel of a shop is actually the oldest continuous shopfront in San Luis Obispo, established in 1889. Owners Jeff McKeegan and Steven deLuque continue Marshalls’ heritage of fine quality service and artistry with beautiful baubles to tempt any bride- or groom-to-be. Marshalls Jewelers, 751 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 805.543.3431

Starlette O’Hara

We passed this formal dress boutique on our way to the Parker Sanpei offices for years and had to stop ourselves from pressing our noses against the glass, so appealing are the gowns on display in the window. Owner Shelly Schafer offers a wide selection of mostly imported gowns to brides looking for something very unique, as well as those seeking fun, one-of-a-kind glamour for special occasions. Heads up: Shelly also offers mobile teeth whitening for a fraction of the normal cost using organic products all made in the USA. She caters to those of us who love red wine (hello, Parker Sanpei!) and are looking to lift stains for a cleaner, more confident smile. For more information, call Shelly at  805.453.6894.
Starlette O’Hara Formal Dress Boutique, 641 Higuera Street #101, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 805.305.1577

…And now, for the dress/ring/wine pairings! Click on each collage for the full picture.








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One-stop shopping for Central Coast vintners and growers.

Wivi Central Coast Tradeshow offers wine producers a convenient roundup of industry vendors

UntitledThis year’s WiVi Central Coast Wine Industry Tradeshow, taking place March 18 at the Paso Robles Event Center, will include more industry exhibitors and vendors than ever, making the event the most valuable and convenient place for wine producers to learn about the latest products, services, technologies and equipment.

Hosted by the wine industry’s leading trade publication, Wine Business Monthly, and regional viticulture consulting group, Precision Ag Consulting, the WiVi Wine Industry Tradeshow offers an important opportunity for vendors eager to share new products and technology with the rapidly-growing Central Coast wine community.

Becky Zelinski

Becky Zelinski of WiVi

“Our exhibit spaces have been sold-out for months,” said WiVi Director, Becky Zelinski. “The tradeshow is really a win-win for Central Coast wineries and their staff, who get to meet with their preferred vendors and learn about new ones in the span of one day, right in their own backyard.”

Jennifer Porter of the PRWCA

Jennifer Porter of the PRWCA

“Many of Paso Robles’ wineries and growers can’t make it to the big out-of-town tradeshows,” said Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Executive Director Jennifer Porter. “We’re really fortunate that Wine Business Monthly and Precision Ag Consulting have brought WiVi to Paso Robles, where we can meet with so many big-name vendors and learn about the latest technologies and trends.”

The 2015 WiVi Central Coast Wine Industry Tradeshow will feature approximately 150 local and international suppliers, showcasing everything for the vineyard, winery and tasting room. From bare root vines to glassware, there’s something for everyone in the wine industry to see.

…And the list goes on. To discover all of the products and services exhibiting at WiVi, please visit the Exhibitor Directory at

The tradeshow is part of the larger WiVi Central Coast Wine Industry Conference, held March 17th and 18th, which offers educational and networking opportunities for every member of the wine industry, from winemakers and grape growers to winery managers and hospitality staff. It also provides valuable continuing education credits for pest control advisors and certified agronomists. Furthermore, WiVi is California’s largest industry networking opportunity south of San Francisco.

Tickets for the tradeshow only are free to Central Coast wine trade association members before February 28 (but must be reserved at, after which admission is $30 per person. For non-members, tickets to the tradeshow are $30 before February 28 and $40 thereafter. Early registration discounts are available on session passes if purchased before February 28, 2015. There is also a discount offered on session registrations for two or more people from the same company. For more information on this as well as tickets to the larger WiVi Central Coast Wine Industry Conference, please visit or call (888) 974-WIVI (9484).

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