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Paul Hoover Named the 2016 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year

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2017 Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Board of Directors Installed

February 7, 2017 (Paso Robles, CA) On Friday, February 10 the Paso Robles Wine Country community comes together to recognize Paul Hoover of Still Waters Vineyards for his outstanding contributions toward the success of the Paso Robles wine industry. Paul will be honored as the 2016 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year at the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance’s annual winter gala.

Paul Hoover exemplifies the spirit of Paso Robles Wine Country through his love of sustainable farming and creating wines indicative of the region. Through his small, family owned and operated 60-acre vineyard and winery, Paul and his wife Patricia have realized a lifelong dream with Still Waters Vineyards. The vineyard is a model of sustainability, as a source for high-quality fruit and award winning wines.

“Whether it be in a leadership position on our board, with journalists in a seminar setting, or speaking to visitors at a Paso Robles Wine Country event, Paul is a dedicated and enthusiastic ambassador who leaves a lasting positive impression with everyone he meets,” said Jennifer Porter, Executive Director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.

Hoover’s industry contributions in representing Paso Robles are best exemplified by his six-year term on the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Board of Directors, serving as Treasurer, and Chairman of the Board from 2007 to 2013. His dedication to the community continues, serving on the San Luis Obispo County’s AG Preserve Committee, as well as a Board Member of the Cal Poly Corporation.

Paul Hoover earned a degree in Agribusiness and Mechanized Agriculture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Following a successful career in corporate hospitality and insurance, he established Still Waters Vineyards in 2003 with his wife Patricia. His motto is to stay small, have fun, and focus on quality with a goal of sustainability. Hoover’s farming practices include a whole farm approach, which includes soil fertility, cover crops, wildlife, native plants, air quality, water quality and conservation, and pest management.

Paul Hoover will be recognized by industry colleagues on Friday, February 10. Gary Eberle, owner of Eberle Winery, a former Board Member of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, and recipient of the 1997 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year honor, will be presenting the award.

The Alliance’s annual gala event hosts members of Paso Robles’ wine community with elected officials and representatives from national, state, and local offices on hand to commemorate the honor. This year’s event will be held at the Paso Robles Event Center, Frontier Pavilion.

Board of Directors Installation

The evening also officially installs the 2017 Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Board of Directors and Executive Team:

  • Chairman: Jason Haas, Tablas Creek Vineyard
  • Vice Chairman: Austin Hope, Treana and Hope Family Wines
  • Treasurer: Matt Dusi, Ranch 7
  • Carl Bowker, Caliza Winery
  • Hans R Michel, Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery
  • Joe Plummer, Plummer Vineyard
  • Bob Tillman, Alta Colina Vineyard & Winery
  • Jon Winstead, Vineyard Professional Services
  • Jason Yeager, Niner Wine Estates

ABOUT PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY ALLIANCE

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance represents wineries, growers, and businesses in Paso Robles Wine Country. Centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country encompasses more than 40,000 vineyard acres and 200 wineries. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com. @PasoRoblesWine, #pasowine

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