Wells Fargo Kickoff Dinner
Featuring Paul Hobbs Winery | February 1, 2018

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend welcomed winemaker Paul Hobbs to the great city of Charlotte for an incredible event, the 2018 Wells Fargo Kickoff Dinner. With our patrons and sponsors support, we raised over $140,000. Paul Hobbs (aptly dubbed the "Steve Jobs of wine" by Forbes Magazine) was a very special guest we were delighted to host at the Wells Fargo Kickoff Dinner on February 1, 2018. A special thank you again to the Wells Fargo Executive Dining team for a positively scrumptious dinner; each course was an amazingly paired with the wines, and we cannot wait to work together again!

Regarded as an international visionary for his accomplishments in the vineyard and winery, Paul Hobbs combines his childhood roots on the family farm with an innovative scientific approach to refine the art of winemaking. He is recognized across the globe for breaking with tradition and forging new paths in the pursuit of excellence; both in stewardship of the land, and the crafting of wines that represent the purist concept of place. Paul earned his BS in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in 1975, and MS in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis in 1978. Shortly thereafter, he became a member of the enology team at Robert Mondavi Winery, and one year later, at the behest of Robert Mondavi himself, Paul was invited to be on the inaugural team of Opus One. A first trip to Argentina in 1988 marked the beginning of a South American winemaking career that carries on today with his wines from Viña Cobos, and his legendary status as the pioneer who launched malbec’s rise to fame. Today, along with his global consulting career, Paul is the owner and winemaker for Sebastopol, California based wineries, Paul Hobbs Winery and CrossBarn, as well as his international partnerships, Viña Cobos, Crocus (Cahors, France), and Yacoubian-Hobbs (Armenia).