Rob's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Being You

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Lavenworth, WA

ROB NEWSOM

Owner
Boudreaux Cellars

“You don’t need to understand everything about a project ahead of time—you just need to take the first step. Get out there, start doing it, and don’t be afraid to mistakes.”

INTERESTS:

Environment & Nature Food

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Chance Perseverance Success Fear Failure Support & Encouragement

FOUNDATION:

Working Independently

TAGS:

courage, creativity, determination, drive, fear, focus, goals, hesitation, hope, mistakes, money, motivation, mountain climbing, mountaineering, passion, resilient, starting out, success, travel, wine

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Spent six years getting a degree in forestry, but once he started working in the field, he realized he hated it.
  • While he was in college, he took a trip to Washington and attempted to climb Mt. Rainier; after that, he was completely hooked on mountain climbing.
  • He moved to Washington and took a job planting trees so he could climb mountains on the weekend.
  • After a year, he was experienced enough to guide mountain climbs to places like Mt. McKinley.
  • On one of his guided climbs, his client offered him a job developing fly-fishing gear at Gore-Tex; he worked there for ten years.
  • The job took him all over the world on an expense account; he was eating good food, drinking good wine, and meeting winemakers across the country.
  • After the Gore-Tex job came to its natural end, he decided his next endeavor would be winemaking.
  • Years earlier, he’d bought a piece of land for rock climbing; it’s now the Boudreaux Cellars vineyard and winery.

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