Winemaker and Foodie superduo Ryan Levy and Ian Eastveld of The Nice Winery are Certified Sommeliers, wine educators, and Le Cordon Bleu trained chefs. Their hand crafted, boutique wines are poured in top restaurants and have won gold medals in internationally recognized wine competitions. Ryan and Ian have built their epicurean pedigree while studying in Paris, France, directing culinary education for Viking, teaching cuisine to thousands of students at Central Market, and operating their restaurant and catering companies, Republic and Nuance. They make their wines from estate vineyards in Texas, Argentina, and California.
"We are delighted to extend the personal service and outstanding wine education we received from Claude to you."
Their passion for food and wine was shaped, in part, while living in France studying patisserie and cuisine:
"We were students at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, in the summer of 2000, living in a tiny flat above a boulangerie, fromagerie, and small wine shop. After a long day at cooking school we would take a baguette and a glorious hunk of cheese and went to see Claude in the wine shop. He never failed to pair the perfect wine with our afternoon snack, broadening our palates as we learned about each wonderful wine we tasted. Fourteen years and thousands of bottles later, we are delighted to extend the personal service and outstanding wine education we received from Claude to you."
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Michelle, Ashley, Donna, and Gail keep our winery and wine club running smoothly. All four of our wine ladies are happy to help you with questions about our wines, our wine club, private events, and wine education events. We call Michelle our Director of First Impressions. She will greet you enthusiastically at the door and make sure you are taken care of. Ashley is her First Mate and our customer service guru and our go to person when we need help with anything. Donna looks after our operations and marketing. If it isn't winemaking, then she's got a hand in it or is taking care of it. And Gail (Ryan's mom, by the way), keeps our books and helps us out at events. Come to one of our many events and meet them in person.
Andrew and Silvia keep our shipments and inventory up-to-date and running smootly. Each and every one of our wine club shipments has been carefully and lovingly packaged by this dynamic duo. Come to one of our many events and meet them in person!
Sales and Marketing
Matthew has joined our team to help out in the tasting room, assist with guided tastings, and takes care of all of our restaurant and retail accounts. Warner is our Marketing wiz and takes care of corporate sales and our online/social presence. They are both incredibly nice and a great addition to our team! Come to one of our many events and meet them in person!
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