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He liked wine too, his parents were into wine in the 60's so it seemed that wine was often on the table! After his junior year at UW he flew to Europe and bought a Norton motorcycle and spent 4+ months traveling from Spain to Norway. He also toured every wine region in Europe buying wine to drink at night in the campgrounds. 13 cents a bottle in Bordeaux and less in Spain!
The turning point occurred at his little brother's 21st birthday when his dad pulled out a 1953 Nuit St. George (21 years old). Paul had never had the likes of this wine and was determined to learn how they made it so much better than anything he had ever tasted. He began visiting Napa and Sonoma soaking up any and all information he could find.. In 1977 Paul and Marilyn Portteus began looking for opportunities to grow grapes and make wine. First they looked in CA. and then in May of 1980 they learned of pioneering grape growing in Yakima Valley. "Wow, we can do this in our home state?!" In June of 1980 they began a search for the perfect vineyard site and April of 1981 they found their current site and bought it!
In Feb. 1982 our first 8 acres were planted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot. Then we planted all the other varieties which weren't supposed to have succeeded either. There are now 74 acres invested in wine grapes.
When the economy is booming, we have lovely, chic wines. When the economy is not, we have lovely cheap wines. We are always planting something new, acquiring stray dogs, cats and people, creating voluptuous blends, enjoying life and welcoming each gorgeous day in paradise. We are grateful to God for each vintage. Life is a gift. We'll drink to that.