Why Not Wednesday-LIOCO

LIOCO is the result of a years-long conversation between Matt Licklider (a seasoned wine import specialist) and Kevin O’Connor (former wine director at Michelin Two-Star Spago-Beverly Hills) about whether California could produce a true “wine of origin.” After gathering opinion on the subject from some of the world’s great wine producers, they arrived at their conclusion: California can achieve a wine of origin, provided certain protocols are adhered to–both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Everything begins in the vineyard–without a compelling vineyard site, there is little chance of creating a distinctive wine. Inspired by traditional European winegrowing practices, they seek out vineyard sites with tougher soil, older vines, and some stress-producing aspect (altitude, extreme temperature, poor soil, etc). Then they simply shepherd the grapes from bud to bottle in the least intrusive way possible. This disciplined approach serves to amplify the voice of the vineyard, or the unique flavors and aromas tied inextricably to the soil. What registers is: this wine came from this place only, and could not have come from anywhere else. This is a wine of origin. Such singularity in wine is worth pursuing. It is alas what keeps their fires burning.


2016 Lioco, Sonoma County – Chardonnay :: $32 Sale $28

A selection of complementary Sonoma County vineyards compose this wine, with an emphasis on the Russian River Valley. While each site is distinct, they share a common commitment to sustainable horticulture and strident farming. The intention for this wine is to express the unique character of this region. Warm days and cool nights, tempered by consistent oceanic fog, yield nuanced chardonnays balanced by brisk acidity.The 2016 Sonoma County Chardonnay opens up with lemon curd, chamomile, and yellow apple with flavors of fenugreek, fennel bulb, talc, and yuzo. Pair this wine with curried mussels, Spanish tortilla and Cauliflower gratin.


2016 Lioco, Russian River – Chardonnary :: $46 Sale $40

A selection of premier RRV vineyards compose this wine including Butch Cameron, Teac Mor, & Goldridge. All sites situated 8-10 miles from the coast in gravelly loam & sandstone soils known as Goldridge. Clonal material based on Old Wente & Clone 4. This growing region distinguished by its proximity to the cold Pacific Ocean & its complex relationship to the Russian River. Aromas of honeysuckle, lemon oil, and chamomile. Flavors of lime, peach pit, and nectarine. Pair with dover sole, salt cured anchovies, pork cutlet.

2016 Lioco Sativa, Mendocino – Carignan :: $42 Sale $38

From a historic Mendocino vineyard pitched on the lofty slopes of Cloverdale’s Pine Mountain. Jim McCutchen boast 70-year old, head-pruned, dry-farmed vines planted on south-facing exposures at 2200-2400 feet. The soil is a mix of hard shale & clay. This rapidly vanishing California grape variety—made in this ‘old-timey’ way—harkens back to the Golden State’s earliest winemaking efforts. This wine is dark, dry and medium bodied, but very fruity and direct too, full of fresh blackberry and black-cherry flavors. Without too much tannin, and with good depth of flavor, it is bold but still easy to drink.


2015 Lioco Laguna, Sonoma Coast – Pinot Noir :: $54 Sale $48

The 2015 Lioco Sonoma Coast Laguna Pinot Noir has always been about expressing the essence of the coast. There is a coolness to these wines—a sour red fruit, rhubarb, pomegranate, sweet-tart thing that you get only from sites in ocean-impacted zones in Sonoma—Laguna shows this. It is a blend of their stalwart Teac Mor Vineyard near Sebastopol (situated in the lowest part of the valley where all the fog eddies out) with a little piece of Martini Clone Pinot they grabbed from John Balletto’s vineyard out on Burnside Road next door to Littorai. The resulting wine, in character with the vintage, is at once powerful yet graceful. This wine will pair nicely with shoyu ramen, E NC BBQ, and wild mushroom flatbread.



Saturday Tasting

The professional mixologists at Crafthouse have dedicated their careers to the fine art of making drinks. “Anyone you know can shake a cocktail, but crafting one that is perfectly balanced takes practice and experience.”

We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS! 

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