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High Street Wine Co. is Your New Wine Destination

High Street Wine Co. is Your New Wine Destination

Scott Ota, general manager and beverage director at High Street Wine Co.

Nestled in a boutique shopping center in San Antonio’s Historic Pearl Brewery lies one of the city’s emerging wine scenes. High Street Wine Co. opened a few months ago and is already creating buzz for its warm atmosphere, affordable wine selection and ability to serve bottles of wine to-go.

I had the privilege of speaking with Scott Ota, general manager and beverage director at High Street Wine Co. Scott is a talented sommelier who was trained in Austin, Texas. He was also named one of Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Best New Sommeliers of 2014. When I asked Scott about one thing he wanted to say that wasn’t captured by other publications, he told me that he wanted to stress that this whole business is a team effort. “There’s no ‘I’ or ‘me’ here. It’s ‘we’ and ‘team’,” Scott told me.

I’ve been coming to High Street Wine Co. since it opened, and I’ve loved every minute of it. I wanted to write a blog about this location because I wanted to share my love for it with you in hopes of you checking it out (if you haven’t already). I’m a wine lover. I’ve been all over the city to different wine bars and restaurants boasting unique wine lists or experiences that would be elevated. I must be honest. You receive an elevated experience at High Street Wine Co. at a price that loves your wallet.

High Street Wine Co. regularly changes their wine list to keep it fresh and new; it gives the customer a new experience every time they come back. The list is comprised of around 170 wines. Instead of dealing with larger national brands, they sell smaller artisanal brands. This gives this location the opportunity to give you a unique experience you wouldn’t have elsewhere at a price you can definitely afford. I had a glass of this beautiful Gamay wine that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to have elsewhere. I ended up buying a bottle of it, and the cost was under $30.

When you come to High Street Wine Co., you’re more than just a customer. You’re a friend. Every server will stop and talk with you. You’re instantly greeted when you walk in from either entrance by a server or Scott. You’re seated, and the experience begins. You’re taken on this beautiful journey that covers different flavor palates not readily available in many other locations.  

Scott and I talked about some future plans he would like to see for High Street. He hopes that they can partner with local restaurants in and around The Pearl to combine special wine pairings with great food showcasing both the wine makers as well as local fare.

If you haven’t stopped in yet, you definitely should. The updated menu will always promise a new wine experience. High Street Wine Co. is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., and Sunday from 12 – 10 p.m. They also have a free Farmer’s Market wine tasting every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hospitality and Wine Consultant Kellen Walker checks the wine inventory.

The interior of High Street Wine Co. explores an upscale design that caters to an elevated audience as well as the new wine drinker.

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