Total wine geek, but not a snob! I love clean, well-balanced wines that aren't over-oaked and that have good acidity, wines that will actually pair well with food!! My wine foes: over-oaked chardonnay, too fruity chards and sweet, sappy, low acid wines. I love all kinds of wine, but admit that the rhone reds rock my world the most. Also love the burgundies! How can you live in the Willamette Valley and not love Pinot Noir, but I'm a sucker for those lighter, seductive, enchanting reds and whites from Burgundy! There's not a sexier, more sensual wine out there!
Spent two years in Walla Walla, grew up in So. Cal, lived in Santa Rosa, and now reside in Oregon, so I've lived in most of the great wine regions of the US.
Have a one yr certificate in both Viticulture and Enology from Walla Walla institiute for Enology and Viticulture. Won the 2005 Leonetti Scholarship for a paper I wrote regarding removing snobbery from the US wine industry as a key way of increasing wine sales and the number of regular wine drinkers in America. Have done marketing research in regards to the needs of the Walla Walla wine industry for Heidi Wells Consulting on behalf of the Insatitute for Enology and Viticulture. Worked crush with Virginie Bourgue when she was the winemaker for Bergevin Lane, as well as extended lab work for r.s testing. Also worked at Hip Chicks do Wine, College Cellars (the teaching winery in Walla Walla I graduated from, helping them open their tasting room and their first few big events). Wrote an extensive (everything you ever wanted to know") paper on "Setting up Your Own Home Tasting" for Stan Clarke for a presentation he gave. Stan Clarke was my teacher for a year, and if any of you knew him, then you know how much he is missed!
Sold wine for over ten yrs in Portland/Beaverton metro area. I miss selling wine, turning folks on to a wine that rocks THEIR world, exploring the world of wines.
Loved making wine as well-crazy, hectic crush, lab work, those fermenting esters wafting through the winery during fermentation. But wasn't too thrilled with tank cleaning, or sqeeging the winery at end of day!
Also passionate about sustainable viticulture, IPM, biodynamic farming, food and wine pairing, reading, writing, hiking, camping, the ocean, music, movies, concerts, my family, and getting back to work in the industry I know and love!!
Paul Dolan True to Our Roots Dolan's revolution is outlined through his six principles of sustainable leadership for any business:
Your company's culture is determined by the context you create for it Your business is part of a much larger system True power is living what you know The soul of your company is found in the hearts of its people You can't predict the future, but you can create it There is a way to make an idea's time come
I would love to organize a local food and wine tasting group here in Willamette Valley, where we would meet once a month, sharing costs and experience. Or even become a member of an already existing group.