Howdy Texsom!

Howdy Texsom participants and fellow future wine bloggers!

I am Ian Eastveld and I am here with my partner and co-winemaker Ryan Levy.  We are both Le Cordon Bleu trained chefs, ex restaurant owners and Certified Sommeliers.  We are located in Houston and our passion is traveling the wine regions of the world to produce our wines under the label “Nice”.  (rhymes with rice)  We’re not just being arrogant, the name is an acronym in my family.  My older sister is Natalie, I am the “I“, my younger sister is Cindy and our last name is Eastveld.  Ryan got involved later on and it has been suggested on more than one occasion that we make a wine that’s “Nicer“.

Our first wine was our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that we produce in Stags Leap.  Next we went to Mendoza, Argentina to make… you guessed it, Malbec.  We also make a Sauvignon Blanc and an Asti style demi-sec sparkling wine in Mendoza.  Our next project will be a Valpolicella Ripasso from Veneto and in the future, we plan to make a great wine right here in Texas!

We look forward to meeting all the newcomers and reuniting with everyone that we have seen in previous years!  We will be showcasing our wines at the Bevco Hospitality Suite on Sunday at 5pm, Room 137, so be sure to stop by and say hello!