Local Event Premier Host
Cost: $27 per person or $25 for Wine Club Members
Please join us Thursday, October 7th, any time between 5:00-8:00pm, when we welcome Matt Licklider of Lioco Wine Company to our wine bar. Their focus is on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Carignan from sites with older vines, interesting soil, and heritage clones. Sometimes the hunt for Pinot Noir uncovers other treasures like a coastal Syrah vineyard or a rare, mid-century planting of Valdiguié.
The idea for Lioco started out as a casual conversation between two friends, Matt Licklider, who was selling wine for North Berkeley Imports in Los Angeles and Kevin O’Connor, who was the Wine Director for Spago Beverly Hills. In fact, it was in the alley behind Spago one day in 2001, when the two were discussing the bevy of heavy-handed California wines on the market and wondering if there was a way to make wines locally in the more restrained, European style. The discussion continued over the ensuing years until 2005, when the two put together a plan to produce ‘wines that favored nuance over power’. Their initial focus was on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with Burgundy as their model and they knew they needed to work from the ground up. Thus, they did everything they could to get their hands on the best possible grapes. Engaging with trusted growers in Sonoma, Mendocino and Monterey Counties, they found the right fruit to embark on their ‘winemaking odyssey’ as Matt likes to say. While it may be a bit more commonplace today, at the time, Lioco was one of the first producers to forgo barrel fermentation for stainless steel and embrace the concept of taking the winemaking out of wine to let the provenance of the grapes become the focal point.
Lioco wines have been a big hit from the very beginning, as much for their restraint and purity of fruit as for their reasonable price points. Matt set the tone for many who followed, and we are proud to host this cool trailblazer and his great wines.
The featured flight wines will be served as two-ounce pours and 5-ounce glasses.
The cost of the two-ounce flight will be $27 per person,
$25 for Wine Club Members, and will include the following wines:
2018 Lioco Estero Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Retail: $35.00, $15.25/glass
2020 Lioco Pinot Noir, Mendocino County, California
Retail: $29.00, 13.75/glass
2018 Lioco Laguna Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California
Retail: $40.50, 16.75/glass
2019 Lioco Indica Red, Mendocino County, California
Retail: $23.00, $12.00/glass
2017 Lioco Sativa Carignan, Mendocino County, California
Retail: $29.75, $13.75glass
Must be 21+
ALL WINES SERVED ON PRODUCER FLIGHT NIGHT
WILL BE ON SALE FOR THAT NIGHT ONLY AT A 15% DISCOUNT
TO THOSE WHO PURCHASE A FLIGHT.