|Peter Paul Releases "LIVE FREE OR DIE" Pinot Noir
New University of New Hampshire Business School Marks
Inauguration with Wines from Namesake
The April 12th ribbon cutting for the University of New Hampshire’s new Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics was also marked by the release of philanthropist and vintner Peter Paul’s newest California wine—a Russian River Pinot Noir labeled, “LIVE FREE OR DIE.” A phrase well known as the New Hampshire state motto, it was first uttered by New Hampshire Revolutionary War hero General John Stark who wrote, “Live free or die, death is not the greatest of evils.”
“I’ve always admired General Stark for his independent streak, the fact that he hated authority and that he distrusted politicians,” said Peter Paul, a New Hampshire native and UNH alum. “His success on the battlefield and the strength of his convictions have long been a source of inspiration for me.”
Peter has been producing wine in northern California for more than a decade under his Peter Paul label. “I wanted to make a wine that would resonate with the spirit of New Hampshire and also celebrate the creation of the new school,” the vintner noted.
Peter Paul “LIVE FREE OR DIE” Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown in California’s Russian River Valley, a region renowned for its high quality wine grapes. Aged in French oak for 17 months, the wine offers a fine-tuned expression of the rugged coastal vineyards that produce some of California’s most elegant, sought-after Pinot Noir.
In a nod to the inaugural Paul College class of 2013, Mr. Paul will be giving a bottle of his newest wine to each graduate. It’s an original gesture that would surely be appreciated by General Stark, were he alive today.
Those who are not graduating from the school should note that Peter Paul Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2011 “LIVE FREE OR DIE” will also be sold throughout the state of New Hampshire. Paul College commemorative magnums (1.5L) are also available for purchase as gifts for graduates of the inaugural class of 2013. There are two options available, one of which offers a personalized etching with the graduate’s name. The net proceeds of magnum sales will go to UNH.
Restricted to non-profit organizations, wine club members, New Hampshire residents, and University of New Hampshire affiliates.