www.wine-girl.net
    Home   |   Archives   |   Calendar   |   Wine & Food Pairing   |   Wine Trails
Aug 22

In Memoriam: Paul Ortiz

There’s some sad news in the Cincinnati wine scene this week. Paul Ortiz, founder of the Cincinnati Wine School and former wine director at Boca, passed away Monday at the age of 44.

Born and raised in Santa Fe, Paul settled in Cincinnati while attending UC in the mid ’80s. His first wine-related job was at Petersen’s in Mt. Adams, as a bartender. He was largely self-taught in wine, which I find inspiring. In the end he was running the Wine School and working for Vintner Select. Paul was known for his unpretentious, no-nonsense style that made wine approachable.

I only met Paul once, at the International Wine Festival shortly after he launched the Wine School. He struck me as a sweet and easygoing man. Since I began recording the Cincinnati area wine events in January, I noticed his name more and more often. Not only did his name appear for Wine School-related events, Paul was associated with any possible wine event that helped promote downtown and downtown living. Whether it was Second Sunday on Main or Art & Wine strolls at the Art Museum, Paul was involved.

There are few people in the Cincinnati food and wine industry who haven’t had some contact with Paul, even if just in passing. He was a great force in Cincinnati, not only for educating people about wine, but for promoting his adopted city. He will be missed.

Paul Ortiz’s Passion Became His Career: Cincinnati Enquirer

Share on FacebookEmail This
Copyright Creative Commons by-nc-nd My Wine Education.
Posted by Michelle at 10:30 am in Cincinnati, Local, RIP | Permalink | Comments (1)

One Response to “In Memoriam: Paul Ortiz”

  1. Julie says:

    So sad and so shocking. I just saw him at Second Sunday’s tasting (a very good, slightly chilled blend whose varietals and name I forget). He’ll be missed– and I hope someone takes over at the wine school.

Contributing Authors

Wine-Girl.net Rating Scale

Recent Posts

Categories

Wine Competitions Wine Book Club (WBC) Wine Judging Reviews Readings Whiskey Watch France Weblogs Games Wine Clubs Books RIP Repost WBW #65 Wine Glossary Wine Maps TasteCamp Web/Tech Marketing Uncategorized Legislation Recipes Florida Recession Wine Meet the Winemaker Greatest Hits Holiday Drink Pink! (BCRF) Television Current Affairs Wine Shop Wednesday Photos Spirits Contests Scotch & Whiskey History Disney Wine Tech Food and Wine Pairings Mad Men Monday Guest Writers Pop Culture Food and Drink Wine Blogs Knowledge Entertainment Dinner and Drinks Life Charity Benefits News Beer-Guy.net Beer Special Events WBW Local Wineries Cocktails Wine Shops Restaurants Travel Wine Notes Wineries Wine Events Weekly Cincinnati Wine Events Wine Misc Local Tastings Cincinnati

Links That Make Us Happy

Sponsors


sponsors

WineGirl on Facebook

Krystal Pepper Memorial Scholarship Fund

Raising money for a scholarship fund in memory of Michelle's little sister who passed away in 2007Click here for information on the Krystal Pepper Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Winner, Best Cincinnati Weblog 2007

Alltop, all the cool kids (and me)

Ads from our kind sponsors …