WineWise/The Vienna Wine Company

WineWise/The Vienna Wine Company Wines from France, Spain, Portugal, Greece selected by Hiram Simon & Brian Greenwood. Wines from Germany, Austria, Champagne selected by Terry Theise.

The philosophy of WineWise is straightforward: we seek wines of character from people we like and places which are not always well-known or popular. We are not averse to the classics, but we are not scared of the obscure. Our wines do not have to meet any ideological litmus test, but we do have to like them. If they are grown organically it does not hurt, but we don’t insist on it. While we have a number of sought-after and expensive wines in our portfolio, our animating force is the acquisition of great wines that almost anyone can afford to drink – a rather more exacting discipline than the converse. Above all, we like people. Our growers tend to be interesting and often amusing people, sometimes with a spiritual bent, sometimes unrepentantly earthy. We have watched with pleasure as the sons and daughters we knew as babies and children have grown up to be the proprietors of their parents’ estates. We like to think of ourselves as the link between these friends and the people drinking their wines in restaurants or at home. We have developed from an essentially one-man band into a team with a dozen or so sales representatives spanning virtually the entire state of California and a small phalanx of impossibly clever people handling the many functions that lie beyond the principals’ capabilities. We are very lucky people!

12/05/2019

Exciting Inbounds!
CHAMPAGNE
DIEBOLT-VALLOIS
• The new cuvée of Blanc de Blancs (based on 2016 now).
• More Cuvée Prestige .
• Brand new "Tradition" - their only champagne to include black grapes (besides the rosé, of course) and quite terrific quality and value.
• Those famous 8 six-packs of Fleur de Passion 2010.

GEORGES RÉMY
• A total of 30 6-packs of four different wines, including a glorious 2015 Bouzy Rouge. Pricing to be confirmed soon. The most we have of anything is 72 bottles.

FRANCE
VERGNES
• Re-stock of Martinolles Crémant Rosé

BEL AIR
• More 2018 Riquette - we have been able to hold the tariff-based increase to just 10%.
• 2017 Cuvée des Acoins - really exciting single-plot wine

FONTARÈCHE
• 2018 Corbières Blanc Vieilles Vignes - now with a new name, "La Chapelle" and label.
• 2018 Domaine de Lamy Rouge - The wine is terrific.

AUSTRIA
Where to begin? I am so jazzed about these, and the absence of a tariff makes them truly exceptional value :
KEMETNER
• Brand-new (to us) Kremstal producer practising (and certified) organic since 2008. We have chosen three Grüner Veltliners, including a 1992 Ried Karl!

AM BERG
Another Kamptal newcomer in Mittelberg, a backwater just outside, but much higher than, Langenlois. Highlights are :

• 2018 GV liter that should be an absolute world-beater at a crazy-low price.
• 2018 Riesling Mittelberg (village level) and Loiserberg (vineyard specific).

MARIA HICK
• Lovely 2018 Federspiels from both GV and Riesling.

GERMANY
WEEGMÜLLER
• The return of the Riesling Liter! Gorgeous 2018 version, exceptional value even with the tariff.
• 2018 Riesling "Der Elegante" - beautiful as ever and cheaper than the first vintage we brought in!
NEW! 2018 Rieslaner "Pegasus" - irresistibly delicious Spätlese from the great Mandelring vineyard for half the price of the next-door neighbour's wine.

KETTERN
• Piu Piu is back! Price unchanged, because no tariff on bubbles (so far!).

HEITLINGER / BURG RAVENSBURG
• NEW! 2018 BR Weissburgunder Sulzfeld Another beautiful example of this grape, that is such a speciality of ours.
• 2018 BR Riesling Sulzfeld
• 2016 Pinot Meunier Spiegelberg Reserve AR - the latest lovely vintage of this beautiful wine, cheper than the 2014 was.

Our New Website is up! www.winewise.bizMonths in the making, we have data straight from our Producers about their wines ...
05/31/2019
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Our New Website is up! www.winewise.biz
Months in the making, we have data straight from our Producers about their wines and estates. Check it out! 🍾

Xavi Buil is in town showing off all the great wines of Buil & Giné!
05/10/2019
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Xavi Buil is in town showing off all the great wines of Buil & Giné!

01/02/2019

The Wine Advocate Frontonio Review

We have a limited number of Vins Jaunes 6-packs available for pre-order!
09/19/2018

We have a limited number of Vins Jaunes 6-packs available for pre-order!

Who has huge hands and is super excited about our new Austrian arrivals? This guy. Join in @mjpeterson82 ‘s excitement. ...
07/11/2018

Who has huge hands and is super excited about our new Austrian arrivals? This guy. Join in @mjpeterson82 ‘s excitement. Call your WineWise rep and ask to taste some of these beauties.... before Matt drinks them all...

01/27/2018

Coley in Hiram’s living room ✨

TGIC(hampagne). Let’s make that a thing. Happy holidays from all of us at WineWise... we do hope you’re drinking well!
12/29/2017

TGIC(hampagne). Let’s make that a thing. Happy holidays from all of us at WineWise... we do hope you’re drinking well!

A few stunners from sibling properties Burg Ravensburg and the more modern Heitlinger, both From Baden, Germany. The red...
12/01/2017

A few stunners from sibling properties Burg Ravensburg and the more modern Heitlinger, both From Baden, Germany. The red wines from this region are well worth seeking out... incredibly versatile and food friendly, and well-priced, to boot! That Meunier from Heitlinger though... that’s my jam.

Don’t miss this opportunity to taste and learn with Hiram at Soif Wine Bar in Santa Cruz! #Repost @soifwine・・・We are thr...
12/01/2017

Don’t miss this opportunity to taste and learn with Hiram at Soif Wine Bar in Santa Cruz! #Repost @soifwine
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We are thrilled to be hosting our annual champagne tasting with Hiram Simon this Saturday at Soif! If you haven’t already gotten your tickets, it’s not too late to get on our wait list. And don’t forget, we will be hosting an additional champagne tasting the following Saturday. Check out our website or page for more details! .
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#champagne #champagnetasting #bubbly #holidaychampagne #wegodowntown

Extra Brut. A couple of our picks for Fall sparkling By The Glass, both are incredibly food friendly to pair with any co...
11/14/2017

Extra Brut. A couple of our picks for Fall sparkling By The Glass, both are incredibly food friendly to pair with any course ... Tissot is all round and rich umami while that Bageiras Baga Extra Brut Spumante will cut through any Fall braise just perfectly. Bring on the Short Ribs. Sparkling is not just for Apertif. This has been a friendly reminder from your friends at WineWise.

Our fearless leader in his element, presenting a Champagne seminar earlier this week. Happy Champagne Day, friends! Drin...
10/21/2017

Our fearless leader in his element, presenting a Champagne seminar earlier this week. Happy Champagne Day, friends! Drink well. Keep discovering. We're here to help. Cheers! 🥂🍾

As if the Methuselah of 1990 Renaudin was not reason enough... SoCal trade, we are here at Republique for a few more hou...
10/02/2017

As if the Methuselah of 1990 Renaudin was not reason enough... SoCal trade, we are here at Republique for a few more hours with Sparkling Eine galore, including our new line-up of Grower Champagne. We hope to see you here. 📷: @scar_of_the_sea

Beautiful new arrivals from Baden on display at Monday's SF Trade Tasting... Los Angeles, we're coming to you next... Jo...
09/28/2017

Beautiful new arrivals from Baden on display at Monday's SF Trade Tasting... Los Angeles, we're coming to you next... Join us Monday, October 2nd at République, 11:30am-2:30pm! We can't wait to show you what's new... 🥂🍾

Don't forget... Sparkling tasting today at Cala in SF til 2:30... we'll kick you off right with this lovely Methuselah o...
09/25/2017

Don't forget... Sparkling tasting today at Cala in SF til 2:30... we'll kick you off right with this lovely Methuselah of 1990 R. Renaudin Brut Reserve Speciale 🥂

So Gutadel is the German name for Chasselas, which is the French name for Fendant, which is the Swiss name for this larg...
09/14/2017

So Gutadel is the German name for Chasselas, which is the French name for Fendant, which is the Swiss name for this largely under-appreciated white wine grape that pairs perfectly with Raclette and Fondue. Sign me up. 🧀🙋🏼Ripe quince, Apple, green fig... upfront citrusy, Philippine Lime minerality in the mouth and finishes with a leesy, cheesy richness.

A beautiful expression of cariñena and garnacha... perfect for a fall BTG list! #Repost @thinkglobalwines・・・Wine & Spiri...
09/14/2017

A beautiful expression of cariñena and garnacha... perfect for a fall BTG list! #Repost @thinkglobalwines
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Wine & Spirits October’17 gave 91 points to Buil & Giné, Giné Giné 2015, Priorat. “A blend of garnacha and cariñena, it is intense in red fruit and exotic spice, with slight touches of slate. #thinkglobalwines #builandginé #spanishwines

Out showing a smattering of our Spanish portfolio this afternoon. The new vintage of the Envidiacochina is 👌✨#🐌 #slowisb...
09/06/2017

Out showing a smattering of our Spanish portfolio this afternoon. The new vintage of the Envidiacochina is 👌✨#🐌 #slowisbeautiful #winewise

Our newly curated stable of Champagne growers has arrived, some as first-timers on American soils, and we can't wait to ...
09/06/2017

Our newly curated stable of Champagne growers has arrived, some as first-timers on American soils, and we can't wait to share them with you! 🍾🥂

Getting to know one of our new Champagne G-P's, R. Renaudin  at our annual WineWise Company A's Tailgate and Game... Go ...
08/27/2017

Getting to know one of our new Champagne G-P's, R. Renaudin at our annual WineWise Company A's Tailgate and Game... Go A's! Looking forward to debuting this wine and all of our new Champagne producers and their cuvées at our upcoming Sparkling Wine Fall Trade Tastings next month... So make sure and save the date: September 25th in SF, October 1st in LA🥂🍾⚾️

Ready for some fun? 60% Syrah, 40% Gamay from 25 year old vines grown on granite slopes... It is hard to conceive of a m...
06/20/2017

Ready for some fun? 60% Syrah, 40% Gamay from 25 year old vines grown on granite slopes... It is hard to conceive of a more sheerly joyous and brilliant wine in this lighter vein. Masterfully combining the complementary virtues of perfumed syrah and snappy gamay, it slides down the throat with the ease of a serpent and then tempts you to commit non-stop sin. 🐍🍷

Happy Father's Day from all of us at WineWise! Here's to two wonderful fathers, owners Hiram Simon and Brian Greenwood, ...
06/19/2017

Happy Father's Day from all of us at WineWise! Here's to two wonderful fathers, owners Hiram Simon and Brian Greenwood, who strive to make family a priority every day for themselves and everyone of us on the WineWise team.

Rioja for tonight's Sunday table ... beyond our stunning range of Spanish producers, we still have a plethora of library...
06/11/2017

Rioja for tonight's Sunday table ... beyond our stunning range of Spanish producers, we still have a plethora of library vintages available from Solar Samaniego, Marques de Murrieta, La Rioja Alta, Olarra and more! Contact your WineWise sales rep for more information ....

Plays well with charcuterie: Julien Fouet Crémant de Loire Rosé... our suggested perfect pairings, courtesy of Fromageri...
05/23/2017

Plays well with charcuterie: Julien Fouet Crémant de Loire Rosé... our suggested perfect pairings, courtesy of Fromagerie Sophie in San Luis Obispo, CA:

***Langres (LON-gruh)-
Pasteurized cow’s milk, traditional rennet, aged 5 weeks- Tribalat Germain- Langres de Champenois region of France... 🧀🥂
Receives washings of marc de Champagne during its ripening period of 15-21 days. The rind is colored with annatto. It features a curdy and slightly springy texture with smooth, subtle flavors, and a long finish.

***Green Peppercorn Pâté from Olympia Provisions out of Portland, Oregon-
Country style-flecked with vibrant green peppercorns and sweetened with red wine. Cheers! 🍾

05/19/2017
Michael's Santa Monica

A bit about the lovely Vinho Branco from Filipa Pato... perfect for Springtime sipping! Thanks, Ronnie and Michael's Santa Monica!

Talking wine with our sommelier! Wine by the glass:
Filipa Pato - Vinho Branco 2015
Grapes: Bical & Arinto 🍇
Region: Bairrada Portugal 🇵🇹

05/15/2017
Let’s Be Clear: Bad Wines Are Bad Wines, Period

We're proud to import so many value-driven wines from all over Europe that show authenticity and true terroir. "Cheap good wine" is worth the extra effort to find, and as Asimov rightly points out, "is an expression of culture, a convivial pleasure, a companion to food and, occasionally, an emotional and contemplative experience."

The wine industry makes junk wine because it sells like junk food. Good wines can be cheap or expensive, but they need not be processed.

Looks like they're enjoying Spring just as much as we are in beautiful Ribeira Sacra... with this fresh and bright Menci...
04/30/2017

Looks like they're enjoying Spring just as much as we are in beautiful Ribeira Sacra... with this fresh and bright Mencia #Repost @finca_cuarta with @repostapp
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#fincacuarta #vinodeautor #rubenmoure #enologo #bodega #vid #wine #vino #viño #vinho #winelovers
#winelife #winetime #winetour #instawine #ribeirasacra #love #placer #mencia #denominaciondeorigen #primavera #spring #miercoles #lugo #galicia #galiciamola

Picnic in the Super Bloom with this Biodynamic beauty from Rias Baixas? Well, it is Friday... How will you slow down thi...
04/28/2017

Picnic in the Super Bloom with this Biodynamic beauty from Rias Baixas? Well, it is Friday... How will you slow down this weekend?
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04/26/2017

WineWise/The Vienna Wine Company

Have you tried the wines from Filipa Pato yet? She's one of the bright young talents of Portuguese winemaking on the ris...
04/13/2017

Have you tried the wines from Filipa Pato yet? She's one of the bright young talents of Portuguese winemaking on the rise to stardom, along with her husband and partner, Sommelier/Chef/Restauranteur William Wouters. She's flipping the rough and rustic Baga grape on its head with her ethereal, silky, amphorae-fermented "Post Quercas"... proving that great things come in small packages with its 500 mL bottling. And the heady alfalfa-scented Nossis brings a study in contrast, with creaminess balanced by an assertive flinty character - as if Meursault were made in Sancerre. And then there's the fun and glass-pour friendly 3B Sparkling Rosé that we just can't seem to keep in stock to keep up with the demand... Oh hey, but we just got a restock in so there's plenty for Spring lists, for now anyways. Hurry up though... they'll go too fast.

La hora del Vermut! Yeah so... if you haven't tried this one yet, you really must. Thanks @birbawinebar! Tell us how you...
04/13/2017

La hora del Vermut! Yeah so... if you haven't tried this one yet, you really must. Thanks @birbawinebar! Tell us how you serve it! I like mine on the rocks with a dash of orange bitters and sometimes a splash of soda water.
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Next level #hipster juice #vermut made outta #orangewine and #naturalwine ... from #priorat and made by a woman..

Spreading the grower-producer love to Los Angeles today... thank you to all of our accounts for making this such a succe...
10/24/2016

Spreading the grower-producer love to Los Angeles today... thank you to all of our accounts for making this such a successful tasting!

Feinherb, Halbtrocken, Kabinett... These picks will knock your socks off with their perfectly  tiptoed balance between s...
09/22/2016
PUNCH | Crib Sheet: Your Guide to Off-Dry Riesling

Feinherb, Halbtrocken, Kabinett... These picks will knock your socks off with their perfectly tiptoed balance between sweetness & acidity

The German love of precision is legendary. No other culture could have given us not only the essential word fremdschämen (feeling embarrassed on someone e

Nikolaihof & Hirsch... It's not a fad if you've been making great wine for generations...
07/01/2016
Your Next Lesson: Grüner Veltliner

Nikolaihof & Hirsch... It's not a fad if you've been making great wine for generations...

Once a fad, a great summer wine gets another shot at proving its worth.

TGIF
06/17/2016

TGIF

Thrilled to see the continued growth and demand for Grower Champagne. Also thrilled to represent the lion's share of Pet...
05/28/2016
Grower Champagne: 10 estates to know - Decanter

Thrilled to see the continued growth and demand for Grower Champagne. Also thrilled to represent the lion's share of Peter Liem's Top 10 estates to know!

Champagne expert Peter Liem shares his guide to the most exciting grower Champagne small estates, and their wines.

Our thoughts are with our growers (and all other growers, really) throughout Burgundy, Champagne, and the Loire Valley. ...
04/29/2016
Heavy frost in Loire causes concern

Our thoughts are with our growers (and all other growers, really) throughout Burgundy, Champagne, and the Loire Valley. Now go out and buy some Loire Valley and Burgundian wines.

Winemakers in the Loire may request emergency government aid after becoming the latest French wine region to report that severe frost.

Chartogne-Taillet and Dönnhoff grace the top of this list of wines to pair with everything... Thanks, Jared!
04/14/2016
12 Wines that Pair with Absolutely Everything

Chartogne-Taillet and Dönnhoff grace the top of this list of wines to pair with everything... Thanks, Jared!

A fool-proof case from sommelier Jared Hooper that masterfully pairs with everything from pho to duck confit.

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