About Us and Our Story
We decided to create Southwest Wine Guide and our blog, Possible Pours to share some information about us and our experiences and explorations because food, travel and wine tasting have been a part of our lives for over thirty years. We are true wine lovers and enjoy finding the vineyards that produce them! People are always asking us how we have come to learn so much about wine and food.
So, here’s a little bit about our story:
In the early 1970’s Paul spent two years in Italy serving our country in the United States Navy. Not having had much exposure to wines while a youth in New England, it was in Italy that he learned how to appreciate regional Italian cuisine and how to taste exceptional wines.
Carol’s grandfather was in the beverage business and as a young adult she remembers how he would often come to holiday dinners with home-made red wine which somehow always tasted better.
When Carol and Paul married, they honeymooned in Bermuda and stayed at the now-closed Lantana Colony Club which was a small property in the traditional Bermuda style with a large concentration of European tourists. They dined nightly overlooking the ocean and the stars and observed the etiquette and mannerisms of an elegant era nearly gone by.
It was in Bermuda that they learned the basics of wine tasting, fine dining and elegant service and it had a lasting impression on them. Unbeknownst to them at the time, it was also the beginning of a life-long journey that has involved entertaining, food, travel and wine.
In the mid-1980's Paul and Carol owned a gourmet food, retail and restaurant business in New England that was housed in a Circa 1809 Country Store. Starting out with a table for two by the potbelly stove selling freshly ground coffee and gourmet muffins they eventually expanded into a thirty-seat café that was packed with patrons during the day for soups, salads and sandwiches and by night was transformed into candlelit dining with five-course dinners. Wines were B.Y.O.B. and the local village wine store always carried a nice selection for diners to purchase.
In 2003, Paul and Carol decided to move to Arizona because they enjoy the desert, the warmth and the history of the area. One of the most unexpected pleasures they found are the wines produced in this region. That is how the idea of creating a guide to wine, food and travel was born. Paul & Carol's Southwest Wine Guide is intended to provide unpretentious information on wine tasting, learning about wine and winemakers, food pairing and travel destinations, not just in the southwest United States, but anywhere in the world the travel bug takes them.
Brown and Hopkins Country Store Photo Courtesy of: Only in Your State