We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Peltier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Nico’s was built on the idea of wanting to share the best wine with all our friends and family. We were sitting outside one day, sipping an amazing Pét-Nat and just knew we wanted to bring that wine to people in a special way. Wine for us has always been about community and bringing people together, and what better way to foster community than through events! We set out on the mission to find the perfect mobile bar cart that would fit seamlessly into the background of any space, while serving up lots of the best made wines. After much research, we found our little truck and outfitted her to be a serving station. Events have been on hold since our launch so that we can all stay safe, but when we can come out and serve again, we can’t wait to share the stories behind our selection, winemakers and vineyards.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Nico’s set out to be a catering service for all private events– think weddings, birthdays, corporate events, and more. We work out of a Piaggio Ape, a small cart that we’ve outfitted to turn into the perfect serving station (with lots of Italian flare—inspired by the bottle of wine that made us take the leap). Our focus is on mostly on natural wine, craft beer, and the cheese and meat pairings that work together to form a special moment that people can connect on. At our core, we are a true celebration of food and wine. It’s super important to us to bring awareness to small production winemakers and organic farming. We want to tell the stories of the grapes, the regions, the farmers and the winemakers who take so much pride in their end product. Also, we think wine and beer should be fun! In an industry often taken a little too seriously, we’re here to keep the focus on well made wines, beers and cheeses, while offering a pressure free atmosphere to discover and learn.
Although our original goal was to be an event based service, 2020 and Covid-19 had different plans for us! For the time being we have pivoted into a virtual wine shop with free delivery all over Los Angeles. This way, we still get to curate wine for our lovely customers and we can all have a glass while the world heals from the pandemic. We refresh our selection weekly so there’s always something new to explore and sip on. We’ve also been able to team up with lots of female owned businesses to curate a series of gift boxes which are for everyone. It’s been quite the challenging yet exciting first year!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I was born and raised in LA, so I love showing people how amazing this city is! We’d start the day early with a hike through Zuma Canyon, it has amazing views of the ocean and in the spring time, there’s so many lovely wild flowers on the trail. We’d then head over to Broad Street Oyster Co. on the way home for some lobster rolls (don’t forget to add uni!!). There’s a small coastal access point about 5 minutes from there so I love bringing the rolls on the beach and hanging there for awhile. We would also need to take Amy (our Chihuahua mix daughter) on a walk around the Silverlake reservoir for some people watching. For dinner, we’d head over to Guerrilla Tacos in the Arts District (Sweet Potato Tacos are a must try!!). If it’s summer time, it’s always fun to bring some pre-batched espresso martinis and enjoy a movie at the Hollywood Forever Cinespia. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I walked into Oeno Vino Wine Shop in Atwater Village one afternoon before we launched Nico’s and struck up a conversation with the owner, Suzanne Zizzi—our meeting was truly kismet! She loved the concept and we instantly were brainstorming ways in which we could work together. Fast forward to now, we’ve built an amazing partnership together and Nico’s could not be Nico’s without Suzanne!