Mar 15, 2021
In this podcast, we talk with Paula Paradise, from Paradise Wines in Buffalo, NY. We chat about sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines and how they are healthy for you as well as delicious and affordable.
Paula began her career as a chef working in kitchens around the country, putting herself through college as a creative writing and philosophy major. She earned her M.A.H. at the University of Buffalo. Over the years, Paula worked for some of the best chefs in Buffalo as a pastry chef. When she had the opportunity to meet Burt Notarius, owner of a very large wine shop in Buffalo, he convinced her to segue her love of making food to the art of wine. She worked for Burt for 12 years as a copywriter for their website, newsletter, and in-store promotions.
She then became the Director of Wine Education, setting up the model for their classes and guest speakers. The same year that Premier moved to the suburbs of Western, New York, Paula was diagnosed with endometrial cancer and underwent surgery that kept her home for almost 2 months. During that time she decided that she wanted to have a wine shop that focused on organically grown grapes and support farmers who were working to put nutrients back into the land instead of stripping them away with chemicals.
On March 3rd, 2015, coincidentally Paula's last day of radiation treatment, she was able to realize that dream with the help of her best friend Lauren Kostek, who was able to buy and renovate the ideal building for their dream wine shop. They have now been open for almost 6 years, focusing on wines made from sustainable, organic, and biodynamic farmed grapes.
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