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Lioco Vineyard

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, we arrived at our 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, we seek out vineyard sites with tougher soil, older vines, and some stress-producing aspect (altitude, extreme temperature, poor soil, etc). Then we simply shepherd the grapes from bud to bottle in the least intrusive way possible.

WHAT IS LIOCO?
LIOCO is the result of a years-long conversation between Matt Licklider (a seasoned wine import specialist) and Kevin O’Connor (wine director at Michelin Two-Star Spago-Beverly Hills) about whether California could produce a true “wine of origin.”

WHAT DOES THE WORD LIOCO MEAN?
It is a fusion of our last names, Licklider and O’Connor. LI-cklider + OCO-nnor = LIOCO.

WHAT IS LIOCO’S FOCUS?
+ Stainless-steel (un-oaked), naturally-fermented (all native yeast) Chardonnay from pedigreed growers.
+ Gently treated (low wood impact), naturally-fermented (all native yeast) Pinot Noir from pedigreed growers.
+ A distinctly Californian blend of “under-dog” varietals (including Old-Vine Carignan, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Mourvedre).

WHAT IS LIOCO’S CORE BELIEF?
Careful vineyard selection combined with a restrained winemaking approach will produce compelling wine.

WHAT IS LIOCO’S PHILOSOPHY?
+ Great wine is grown, not made.
+ Maximize control of the creative process, “from bud to bottle.”
+ Grace and balance before power.
+ Be dynamic and demystifying at every turn.
+ Over-deliver for the price point.

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