Rudi Wiest Selections is
a leading importer of fine German wines in the United States market. Since
1978 our sole focus has been
rebuilding the image of legendary Germany wine estates through education
of consumers and persons in the wine trade alike. We are committed to
giving the best service and information regarding the selection of fine
German wine. Visiting Germany two to three times a year, we personally
maintain relationships with every estate and exhaustively involve ourselves
with the selection process. Our commitment assures only the finest wines
earn the Rudi Wiest Selections quality seal.
How did this all get started?
Well it sure doesn't seem like 30+ years, but back in 1965 Rudi Wiest was working as a phone company engineer, and he started collecting fine wine.
Rudi first discovered German fine wine with the 1971 vintage, and in 1975 got hooked on German wine forever while drinking a 1959 Karthäuserhof Riesling Spätlese from the Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg vineyard with foie gras.
Soon his fine wine hobby was turning into a small side business. In 1975 he began representing several boutique importers from San Francisco in the Southern California markets.
In 1978 Rudi started Cellars International, Inc. and his "hobby" had become a full fledged business. The original business objective was to work with French Burgundies and other select wines from the Cotes du Rhone. However, after some time Rudi saw more potential in the German fine wine market and the French wines were phased out. By the early 1980s the portfolio had shifted exclusively to German wine.
The German program was expanded to include wines from all the major growing areas of Germany. With the help of his wife Erna, Rudi began to build a distributor network. He knew the only way to once again establish these great estates was through education and with distributors who recognized the opportunity with these great wines. In the early 80's Rudi began traveling the US promoting the wines. Erna ran the office, and his son Brent helped out in the office and with the unloading of containers.
In the September 2005 issue of Alles Uber Wein there was an article about Rudi Wiest Selections. Two quotes about Rudi Wiest from the article “Mr. German Wine” (translated from German):
“Rudi Wiest is
one of the one of the most important, and some say the most important
importer of German wine in the United States.”
The Underground Wine Journal offered the first press on Rudi Wiest Selections in late 1984. Since then Rudi Wiest Selections has garnered more outstanding scores than any other US importer. From the 2005 Gault Millau German Wine guide, RWS represents all three award winning estates:
1) 2005 Wine
Maker of the Year (Karthäuserhof)
Today the company forges forward with an unwavering standard of excellence for every wine imported and a team of wine industry professionals. Rudi is the company's figurehead and remains active with tastings and wine dinners across the country. His son Brent is CEO of the company and Brent's wife Ann is the company's CFO.
Rudi Wiest - Founder
Brent Wiest - CEO
Ann Wiest - CFO
Helping Rudi Wiest Selections succeed on the national level are a fantastic team of employees who fight for top German wines and are actively involved in all aspects of the business from sales management to compliance and a multitude of operational tasks:
Manager / Distribution Coordination
Thomas Haehn - National Sales Director / South East Regional Manager
Christine Warner - North East Regional Sales Manager
Christoph Rimmele - Western States Regional Sales Manager
Robert Bowditch - Mid West Regional Sales
California Sales Coordinator
Allie Mitchell - Southern California Sales Manager
Debra Peterson - Northern California Sales Manager
Rudi Wiest Selections
by Cellars International, Inc.
phone 760.566.0499 - email@example.com - fax 760.566.0533
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