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Lioco Wine Co.

1160 Hopper Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Lioco Wines
The proprietors of LIOCO met when Kevin O'COnnor was wine director at Spago-Beverly Hills, and Matt Licklider was the national sales director for North Berkeley Imports. The alley behind the restaurant served as a makeshift tasting area and the rain gutter as a spit bucket. The friendship was immediate and easy, and it didn’t take long for conversations about Burgundy, Piedmont, and Rhone to evolve into ideas about winemaking here at home.
We were critical of the “bigger is better” mantra that had taken hold, and wondered if it were possible to make wines of place that favored nuance over power. In 2005, relying on nothing more than our palates and our rolodexes, we embarked on a journey to become a New World negociant. Europe was the inspiration, as were the more restrained California wines of the 1980’s. We christened our winery “LIOCO” using a combination of our last names.
We are now preparing for our eleventh vintage. The idea we dreamed up in the alley behind Spago has become our daily adventure. Sometimes on foot, sometimes in our all-wheel-drives, we search for distinctive California vineyards. All of the fruit we buy comes from real people working their land in real places. The resulting wines harken back to simpler time, or as we say: vintage California.
We currently produce wine from three counties—Sonoma, Mendocino, and Santa Cruz. The focus is on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Carignan with an emphasis on older vines, sites with tougher soil, and select clones. Sometimes the hunt for Pinot Noir uncovers other treasures like a coastal Syrah vineyard or a rare, mid-century planting of Valdiguie. We make room for such discoveries.
AVAs Where Wines Are From:
Russian River Valley
Sonoma Coast
Sonoma Valley
Prominent Wines Produced:
Pinot Noir
Sauvignon Blanc / Fume Blanc
Tasting Room Info:
By Appointment Only
Days / Hours Tasting Room is Open: By appointment only at Punchdown Cellars or Healdsburg SHED.
Tasting Fee Description: We offer three unique tasting formats. Choose from the options below and contact us to make an appointment.

Please Note: All tastings require a reservation. A credit card is taken at the time of reservation and there is a 24-hour cancellation policy.

Taste at the Winery in Santa Rosa
Care to see what's behind the curtain? LIOCO makes wine at a cooperative in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Food + Magazine listed LIOCO in the "Top-50 Wineries to Visit Now" issue, and said a tour here is "like eating at the chef's table in a busy restaurant." $25 Per Person; Includes 4 wines; 2-8 ppl maximum; Please allow 60 minutes.

Taste at SHED in Healdsburg
A preference for ambience? Taste a selection of our wines paired with locally-made cheeses and cured meats at James Beard Award winning Shed. Weather permitting we'll meet on the private garden patio, or upstairs in the sun-filled Grange. $50 Per Person; Includes 4 wines and a bountiful mezza or charcuterie plate from SHED; 2- 6 ppl maximum; Please allow 90 minutes.

Taste at Your Place
Don't want to drink and drive? LIOCO will conduct a private tasting for you at your hotel, VRBO, or home within a 20 mile radius of Healdsburg. We'll bring a box of wine, some light snacks, and the stories we tell. Please inquire for pricing.

Book your appointment now to lock in your dates while they are still available.

Call: 707.331.3582
Email: [email protected]
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