Having planted vineyards when I was 6 years old and now being a winemaker, some might assume a classic Hollywood-like progression. However, I am not the poster boy for the wine industry. Having grown up in the family’s vineyards and winery, I couldn’t wait to do something, or anything, different. I graduated from UC Davis in 1989, but my degree is in Macro Economics.
So then, how does one succeed “escaping” the wine industry and then find himself some 25 years later owning vineyards and two wineries — In two words, personal evolution!
My interest in wine is rooted in the vine. I love growing grapes and finding the purest expression of our vineyards in the wine. Given the choice, I prefer my office be a tractor and my time spent purely in the field, the place where the true quality of wine comes. I am less a winemaker and more a “wine elaborator.”
Personally, one cannot ask for a more fulfilling quality of life than owning a winery. I get to work every day with my wife Maggie, whose background is finance. She runs the wineries and I make the wines. Add to this that we work with wonderful people, live in a beautiful region, and get to enjoy the fruits of our labors in a glass. We do live the dream. And that in itself has been our personal evolution. Once a year we let our hair down and offer our friends and wine club members something special, combining wine and travel. Next year it will be an action-packed 5-night trip to New Orleans.
Join Paul & Maggie Bush next year for a “bucket list” visit to “The Big Easy”, New Orleans Louisiana. This once-in-a-lifetime holiday is dedicated to food and fine wine, in one of the USA’s most interesting and historic cities.