Apparently, we aren’t the only ones who thirst for the taste of Liquid Farm Wines. Liquid Farm has been featured in the NY Times, Wine Enthusiast, Top 100 Red Carpet Wines (as #4), and the L.A. Times. There’s no doubt that the Nelsons know how to make one of the tastiest Chardonnays you’ll ever pour. This past week, we sat down with owner Nikki Nelson to talk about her greatest accomplishment, go-to booze, and dirty little secret;)
1. What is your idea of happiness?
Being 100% present and in the moment.
2. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Judgementalness and dishonesty.
3. What is your greatest extravagance?
Opening thrice as much wine as I should when we host.
4. On what occasion do you lie?
To get out of a dentist or doctors appointment – who has time for such things?
5. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Amazeballs. shut the front door! sure love you. chill another bottle. love it!
6. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband. He is truly my other half. Wine is 2nd.
7. If you were to die and comeback as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A healer of some kind or a horse… Though, I would not terribly mind being a vine in a small peaceful vineyard with a loving grower to tend to me.
8. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Choosing the right person to spend my life with.
9. Best business advise?
Find the one thing you enjoy the most in life and that in your profession or business. Your customers will see it and ultimately your sales will reflect it. Also, don’t be pressured to tailor to everyone out there and always be transparent in your story and marketing. Passion, drive and un-compromised quality when mixed together are pretty damn unstoppable.
10. What is your most treasured possession?
11. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Staying up too late on a regular basis. which equates to waking up much later than I would like to on a regular basis. I also watch Smash.
12. What is your go-to booze? Cocktail?
Tequila on the rocks with lots of lime or Frenet and Soda. When in the hands of a skilled mixologist, Spicy cocktails w/ fresh ingredients rock my world.
13. Go-to wine?
14. Favorite pairing?
Champagne and fried chicken? Fino and oysters on the half shell? Rose and sunshine? This question is unfair.
15. The most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?
With the help of a few fellow Borracha’s, I helped kick start a dance party in front of the Original Granada. In the middle of the street. Barefoot. We danced on parked cars and stopped moving vehicles to invite strangers to join the impromptu disco. Sort of a fractional burning man on an otherwise stranded quiet downtown street. Miraculously no one was arrested for any of the various obvious violations. Love that memory.
16. Best food discovery?
Lemon. on anything and everything. alkalizing and life’s greatest salt replacement.
17. Must-have travel item?
Spotify and speakers = a must.
18. Restaurant pet peeve?
If you don’t know how to dine out, don’t. Anyone who has not personally worked in the hospitality business at some point in their lives should have to pass a Contentious Diner’s test to be allowed to eat at full service restaurants. Be kind, be respectful and unless something was really fouled up – tip generously. In terms of the restaurant, rude or dispassionate staff are by far my biggest pet peeve.
19. What should people be drinking more of?
Savory dry rose from all over the world and little known Italian varietal whites from all over Italy – so much value for the money. I am also a freak for Sherry; Fino, Amontillado and Manzanilla. Insane values with so much character and hand-made attention – total Umami wines. Also, recently discovered the Chardonnay from a producer called Big Table Farm in Oregon which was really gorgeous.
20. Words to live by.
“Compassion is a muscle that gets stronger with use.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
21. What are you listening to right now?
My little “Jazz Magic” Station on Spotify. Zen.
22. What’s your dirty little secret?
I don’t like bacon. I know. Who doesn’t like bacon? It seems ridiculous and can be quite embarrassing to admit when in the presence of bacon. I love how it smells, I love the crunchiness and range of uses for it…I just don’t really like it. Awful.