Sheila Nicholas is originally from Scotland and London where she had careers in journalism and PR. Stateside, she and her husband, Nick, owned and operated several restaurants in the Napa Valley before moving to Oregon to plant their vineyard at the turn of the century. Sheila and Nick have been married for 35 years and have two terrific children, Mark and Heather. Both have wines named after them!
Why did you select the business you are in?
In a previous era, I was fortunate to travel and spend time with some of the greatest winemakers in the world- not too much time, but just enough to show me the global magic and mysteries of wine! I knew this profession wasn’t as easy and glamorous as people assume, but it’s one that rewards dedication in ways beyond a paycheck.
What do you like most about what you do?
We are fortunate to find a business that Nick & I both enjoy on many levels. We have a great staff and we’re so fortunate to have met the most wonderful people who are drawn to wine. I am always thrilled and humbled when someone tells me they found my wine in New York or South Carolina or Florida! It's an amazing journey to plant a stick in the ground and nurture its fruit to produce a miracle product that finds its way across the country.
Why did you join WOW and what is the most rewarding or valuable aspect of being a WOW member?
Initially Meri was the reason I joined. I knew I wanted to belong to any organization led by a woman with such charisma and charm! Over the years, I've grown close to many WOWs and really enjoy the networking and educational aspects, as well as the friendships- oh, and the incredible Holiday Party!
Who could be an ideal potential client for you?
Anyone over 21
What do you like to do for fun?
Walking the vineyard on a summer's evening… sitting on the deck and watching the grapes grow- of course with a glass of wine in hand. I also cook, garden, and start projects that never get finished.
What are five things you cannot live without?
Other than several very important people, I'd say my vines (I get jittery in places like Vegas), the Aga (cast iron oven), cheese, feather mattress, and my cell phone.
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
Next to an ocean.
Sheila Nicholas, Owner- Anam Cara Cellars
Tasting Room: 306 N Main Street - Newberg, Oregon 97132
Phone: (503) 537-9150
22222 SW Nicholas View Drive - Sherwood, Oregon 97140