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Out of Office: Time Away From the Cubicle

Friday, April 21, 2017 | Manufactured in WA Highlight


Paul and Paradisos del Sol.

Winemaking in Washington is a booming industry and it is the passion of our winemakers. Combining that passion, a prime location with a temperate climate, and years of knowledge, small wineries are manufacturing amazing products. Here is a just a taste of what was beyond my cubicle this week as I traveled the wine country of Eastern Washington.

Passion for wine. For good wine.  That defines Paradisos del Sol in Zillah, WA. In their cozy tasting room, Paul Vandenberg and Barbara Sherman will teach you their signature “sip-sip-bite-sip” and will share amazing organic wines. 

Barbara, with her great sense of humor, shares stories about the vineyard and the winemaking. She will show you the barn owl and her hatchlings and WILL NOT let you go without helping you to choose the right wine for your special meal and dinner. Seriously.  You can’t go.  At least I couldn’t.  See if your will is stronger than mine.

If you are fortunate enough to go out to the vineyard with Paul, you will be able to learn a lot about wine, vineyards, and grapes.  His more than 30 years as a winegrower has made him an encyclopedia of knowledge of this industry. Get him talking about wine and you will see the true passion of a Washington winegrower.  Paul makes sure to be around on Saturday afternoons in the tasting room to answer questions, but if you want to guarantee a tour of the vineyards ($20 per person, including wine tasting at the end) you can book one here).

Enjoy a visit to Paradisos del Sol and get the opportunity to taste their amazing wines.  More than that, come to learn more about Paul and Barbara’s winery itself, and about their philosophy of growing (NOT making) that oh-so-excellent wine. 

Miguel Moreno, Account Executive Small & Rural Businesses, Impact Washington

Miguel is an international bilingual senior manager, with experience in implementation and maintenance of Quality Management Systems and process improvement, project management, customer and vendor relations, in nationwide companies, different environments and industries.
He loves new challenges is eager to learn about new processes.
He can analyze any process and apply my skills and knowledge to transform it into a standardized, efficient, and lean process.  Miguel has lived in Spain, Mexico, and Colorado, just to name a few places.  He is fluent in both English and Spanish.  Out of Office is a collection of his weekly musings, travels, and experiences in Washington State. 

He welcomes comments, questions, and requests for free business valuations.  He can be reached at mmoreno@impactwashington.org.



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