Winemaker and Foodie superduo Ryan Levy and Ian Eastveld of 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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The Nice Winery Team
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Customer and Club Member Service
Michelle and Ashley keep our winery and wine club running smoothly. They are happy to help you with questions about our wines, our wine club, private events, and wine education events. Michelle is our Director of Club Member Experience. Ashley is our outstanding Wine Club Admin. They will greet you enthusiastically at the door and makes sure all of our wine club members and customers are taken care of.
Wine Tasting Staff
Attending an event? You will be lucky enough to meet Macy, Steve, Marlene, Kim, or Jeannie. These fabulous professionals will make sure your educational wine tasting or wine event is a memorable and fun experience.
On some occasions, you might be lucky enough to meet Gail and Jerry, Ryan's amazing parents, who not only work events and tastings, they've pretty much adopted all of us as their own.
Culinary Experience Team
Have you had our fabulous food?! Executive Chef Randy and his amazing Head Cook, Heber, make sure that you experience the most amazing culinary delights to go with our wines. While making sure each dish is paired perfectly with the wine you are enjoying, they are constatly pushing themselves to make each dish creative, visually stunning as well as incredibly tasty.
Ian lovingly takes care of the chickens and the bees and the gardens. And, of course, he manages the unique, on-site vineyard.
Warehouse and Logistics
Alina, Harris, Silvia, Juan and Katie keep our logistics running smoothly, fulfilling shipments and keeping inventory up-to-date. Each and every one of our wine club shipments has been carefully and lovingly packaged by this dynamic team. They know that each and every order they fulfill is the beginning of an incredible wine experience at home!
Our friendly and hard working delivery team, Arthur and Monica, make sure our monthly club shipments make it in perfect condition into our customer's hands.
Donna is our Director of Operations. Other than winemaking, she practically does it all. And Gail (Ryan's mom), keeps our books and helps us out at events. Come to one of our many events and meet them in person.
Our sales team, primarily John, Laura, and Ryan, take fantastic care of our HEB accounts. You'll sometimes see them at winery events too!