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Walla Walla vintner Mike Paul dies at 58

January 21, 2009
Mike Paul, one of the pioneering vintners of Walla Walla and owner of Patrick M. Paul Winery, died in the valley Friday. He was 58.

Paul died peacefully at his home in Walla Walla, with his wife and partner Teresa Paul by his side.

A memorial service in his honor will be held on Wednesday, January 21, at 2:00pm at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home in Walla Walla.

Patrick M. Paul Vineyards was bonded in 1988 and is one of the oldest wineries in the Walla Walla Valley. Considered a boutique winery that began with a planting of Cabernet Franc in 1984, the winery produces 350 cases of small lots of premium handcrafted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and their famous Cabernet Franc.

Paul was an enthusiastic ambassador for wine -- especially Walla Walla wine -- and traveled the Pacific Northwest sharing his stories as a grower and winemaker. Helping others understand the complexity of making wine and the unique lifestyle of a winemaker were some of his favored topic. For years Paul could be heard monthly as the co-host of a radio talk show segment that informed and entertained local audiences about the business of making wine called "On the Grapevine."

Paul was an originating member of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance Board and served as Associate Chair until May, 2008.


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