Paul first discovered Virginia wines in 2002 and has continued to explore the vast array of unique adventures the Commonwealth offers. His desire to explore the flavors of life began at an early age of 5 when he was caught sneaking a can of Schlitz beer from his parents fridge. His desire for adventure also started early in life. Paul’s family likes to reminisce about his early morning covert missions into the Buffalo winter wearing only his footed pajama’s seeking an adventure down the road only to be returned by a neighbor.
Growing up in a large family of 8, his beginnings were humble, but his Mother and Father were sure to expose him to the diversity life offers including camping, museums, historical sites, faith, fresh home cooked meals, farming and hard work. It was through these experiences that helped create the idea of Vino Virginia where one could experience wine centered tours that included great wine, food, people and activities in a fun and educational way.
Paul’s quest for adventure and hospitality has taken him near and far to impact others’ lives through leadership roles in his church, community, work, political campaigns and outdoor pursuits. He has sat on community and industry boards organizing black tie dinners for over 150 people and was part of a team who built a multi-million dollar youth center focused on increasing tourism. He has lead groups and individuals on canoeing adventures into the backcountry of places like Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario and down the Shenandoah and Potomac River. He continues to pursue his passions for mountain biking and scuba diving around the world.
Paul also leads a men’s group, works with the children’s ministry at his church, and has supported building projects with Habitat for Humanity. Paul works for an IT company in sales helping the Federal Government become better consumers of IT service and solutions.