Nicora » Profile
Nicora is a blend of two family names -- Nic and Ora. The first is mine, Nicolas and the second is the name of my great-grandfather, Ora. Both Ora and myself share an ancestral bond of entrepreneurial spirit. Neither of us follow a recipe, the rules, or a trend, but rather lead the pack with our own inspired ideas and ingenuity.
I began my journey in the world of wine in 2005. As a first generation winemaker born from four generations of general contracting, I appreciate hard work and determination. Starting as a cellar worker, my experience includes working alongside esteemed winemakers such as Bob Tillman of Alta Colina, Eric Jensen of Booker Vineyards and currently Scott Hawley of Torrin. By working and learning the "tricks of the trade," I have honed my own skills and applied the best attributes of my mentors to my own style of winemaking.
Nicora’s small-lot Rhone-style wines are finely crafted to consistently represent the terroir of the vineyard. Each vintage is a blend of the highest quality Rhone varietals sourced from Paso Robles’ reputable Westside vineyards. A true “Garagiste”, I epitomize the French term that signifies a passionate small-lot vintner who doesn’t care much for following the rules. In true Garagiste form, Nicora wines are made in a boutique winery near my greatest supporters.
- Nicolas R. Elliott