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Lioco Wine Company Opens Chic New Tasting Room in Healdsburg

The new tasting room will host a rotating list of events, including industry nights, guest chef pop-ups, live music and more.

After more than a decade of producing small-batch California wines without setting down roots, the team behind LIOCO Wine Company has opened its first tasting room in downtown Healdsburg, just around the corner from the town’s iconic square.

Operated by husband and wife duo Matt and Sara Licklider, the winery’s first tasting room at 125 Matheson Street is housed in a sleek and surprisingly cozy 1,300-square-foot space renovated by New York and Los Angeles-based design firm, Paige Pierce Design.

LIOCO wines, which draw fruit from vineyards in Sonoma, Mendocino and Santa Cruz counties, are produced in a Santa Rosa winemaking cooperative. Their focus is on chardonnay, pinot noir, carignan and the occasional coastal syrah or mid-century planting of valdiguie.

The chic tasting space currently has two flight options, as well as a seasonal menu of wines by the glass — and soon will offer a curated list of small plates, featuring local ingredients.

The Lickliders also plan to host a rotating list of events, including industry nights, guest chef pop-ups, live music and more.

LIOCO’s Healdsburg outpost is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations, including access to private tastings, are available here.

Editor’s Note: Travel, dining and wine tasting can be complicated right now. Use our inspirational ideas to plan ahead for your next outing, be it this week or next year. If you visit restaurants, wineries, and other businesses during the pandemic, remember to call ahead, make reservations, wear a mask and social distance.

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