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Scott Kelley
February 26, 2018 | Scott Kelley

Grape Harvester

Scott Kelley
Paraiso Springs Vineyards | Monterey 1991

Scott's Start in the Wine Business

When I graduated High school, I was seventeen years old and had no idea what I was going to study in college (or do with my life for that matter). I knew I liked chemistry and grew up around agriculture, other than that it was a mystery. I took a job that first summer working for my middle brother's soon to be father-in-law at a men's store. I had to wear a tie everyday and my first week was spent pressing & ironing clothes as they got ready for a big sale. Needless to say this was not my calling.

I called my oldest brother, who had just taken a job with a nearby vineyard management company, to mostly lament about my current job. He offered me a short term job of cleaning the grape press. At that point I would have taken a job cleaning sewers. So off I went to Soledad, Ca to scrub a grape press inside and out with a scotch pad. After that was done they told me to head over to the shop to see if they needed any help. I spent the rest of the summer changing oil on tractors, learning how to weld and fix grape harvesters. I was in heaven. But the real hook came when the owner found out I knew a bit about basic chemistry and asked me to sample vineyards to test for sugar and acidity. By the end of that first summer I was hooked. 

At the end of the summer the owners held a release party for a new winery they had started and I was invited. Meeting the winemaker and seeing the customers enjoy this magical product that came from grapes had a real impact. I asked the owner how does one become a winemaker? "You go to UCDavis" he said. There were a few other programs at the time but he was a little biased being a Davis grad himself. Both of my parents had graduated from Davis as had my maternal grandparents. Seemed like a good fit. So I enrolled at UC Davis to study Fermentation Science.

Every summer and winter break I spent back in Soledad working on grape harvesters and sampling grapes. It was a great way to learn that side of the industry and make a little money for college.  I owe my start in the wine business to that opportunity and will never forget that experience. 

Time Posted: Feb 26, 2018 at 7:29 AM
Scott Kelley
January 19, 2018 | Scott Kelley

Movie Night: Popcorn and Wine Pairings

Movie Night: Wine and Popcorn Pairings

Truffle Salt & Pinot Noir


Earthy Truffles want an Earthy Wine. Truffle Salted Popcorn pairs perfectly with Pinot Noir.

You can always air-pop your popcorn for a lower-fat option, but we like adding salt (in this case, truffle salt) to the oil in a big heavy dutch oven pan before popping.  The oil in the pot is nicely infused and the salt gets well distributed throughout the batch.  This also means you don't lose that beautiful truffle salt to the bottom of the popcorn bowl like you do when sprinkling on after popping.

Buy Your 2014 Paul O'Brien Pinot Noir HERE.

Also pairs with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Tempranillo.

Also pairs with Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel or an oaky chardonnay.

Parmesan & Sangiovese

Pair with our Paul O'Brien 2014 Sangiovese, Southern Oregon


Strong cheese flavors require a robust wine, such as our Sangiovese.

In order to make the Parmesan stick better to the popcorn, try pouring the popcorn and Parm into a large Tupperware container or ziplock bag immediately after the popcorn is done popping (while it’s still hot).  Seal the container and give it a good hard shake in different directions.  The heat and moisture from the popcorn will help the parm stick to the popcorn much better this way.  If the toppings aren’t sticking, you may also need to use a bit more oil.

Buy Your 2014 Paul O'Brien Sangiovese HERE.

Garam Masala & Fume Blanc

Pair with our Paul O'Brien 2016 Fume Blanc, Southern Oregon


Global Spices like Garam Masala and other strong flavors pair deliciously with our Fume Blanc.

Add garam masala and popcorn kernels together and stir until well-combined. Lower heat to medium, close lid, and while securely holding the lid in place, shake the pot (toward and away from you) continually as the popcorn pops. As soon as you hear a 2- to 3-second pause between pops, immediately turn off heat and transfer popcorn to a separate bowl. Season with salt and cayenne pepper to taste. 

Buy Your 2016 Paul O'Brien Fume Blanc HERE.

Also pairs well with Gewürtztraminer and Riesling.

Time Posted: Jan 19, 2018 at 11:15 AM
Scott Kelley
September 11, 2014 | Scott Kelley

Partners plan several wine-related businesses in downtown Roseburg

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Time Posted: Sep 11, 2014 at 4:30 PM
Scott Kelley
August 1, 2014 | Scott Kelley

Joint venture Paul O’Brien debuts in downtown Roseburg

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Time Posted: Aug 1, 2014 at 4:46 PM
Scott Kelley
October 28, 2013 | Scott Kelley

Mondavi connection launches new Umpqua Valley winery

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Time Posted: Oct 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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