Good morning! It’s that time of the year when I start getting wines ready to bottle. I actually like this particular time. Tasting, blending, tasting, blending…not to mention all the things I have to get ready for the packaging. Labels, glass, corks, capsules…did I mention tasting? It’s very rewarding to see the wines come together in a way that you hadn’t imagined. They come into their own. They become what they were meant to be. (with a little help from the winemaker)
I want to tell you about a wine I am really excited about this year. It’s the 2017 Passaggio Verdejo. I sourced this fruit from my good friends, Heringer Estates. Heringer Estates is located in Clarksburg, just south of Sacramento. The vineyards are surrounded by the cooling waterways of the Sacramento River Delta. There are warm summer days and cool breezy evenings.
Verdejo is a Spanish varietal. It originated in North Africa but found it’s way to Spain in the 11th Century. This grape produces an intense aromatic fruit forward white wine. Passaggio Verdejo is 100% Verdejo made in all stainless steel with no malo-lactic fermentation to keep the wine fresh and lively. IF you are a Sauvignon Blanc lover, you will enjoy this wine as well. Beautiful layers of lemon and citrus along with a slight mineral note are followed by green apple, grapefruit, and a crisp acidity. Pair this with seafood dishes, spicy dishes or by itself on the patio with friends.
Have you ever been to an outside theatre? What a wonderful venue watching a broadway musical under the stars in the historical Jack London State Park in Glenn Ellen, California.
You are invited to enjoy one of the Transcendence Theatre’s “Broadway Under The Stars” evenings with me.
Are you ready to experience one of the most magical & breathtaking nights of your life? OH WHAT A NIGHT! will take you on a journey of music & dance throughout the ages that has inspired people to live life to the fullest.
Join us for a night filled with Broadway showstoppers, nostalgic standards, & modern twists on some of the world’s most uplifting & cherished songs. This astounding evening is guaranteed to be a night that will take your enjoyment of life to new levels!
Passaggio Wines will be pouring at this event alongside MacLaren Wine Company. We are show casing our wines on Sunday, June 28th. We’ve arranged for Girl & The Fig to cater this event’s evening just for you. We start at 5:15 pm with a cheese course and wines. Dinner is at 6:00pm (yes, more wine!)and the show begins at 7:15pm.
I sure hope to see you there – what a night this will be!! Take a look at the website to see all you will be experiencing. Click on the link below to purchase your tickets.
Purchase your tickets here.
Hope to see you there!!
I met with the Sassy Kitchen this past week to come up with some recipes for the three Passaggio Rosés. One of my favorites was the grilled Salmon and Passaggio Mourvedre Rosé. What an awesome pairing…get those grills hot and wines chilled because this is a definite winner!!
Summer Grilled Salmon
Salmon (pictured is a 4oz serving.)
2 to 3 cloves garlic
Equal measures of: (¼ to ½ cup ideally, depending on the amount of fish)
A couple shakes of pepper
Smash and roughly chop the garlic. Then add the garlic, olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice and pepper to a gallon sized zip-lock back or a storage container with a lid. Mix until the sugar has dissolved. (I was being lazy and rather than grabbing another spice, I used my Nature’s Seasons instead of plain pepper)
Cut your fish into the desired serving portions and place it in the bag or container with the marinade. Make sure it’s well coated and covered, then seal the container and put it in the refrigerator for 4 hours. You can go shorter with the time but I recommend at least 2 hours.
fire up your grill and bring it to a medium high heat. Spray the grill well with a non-stick grill spray and place the fish, skin side down, on the grill and close the lid. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
Carefully turn the fish over (the skin peeled off mine both times so …. Don’t worry if yours does too). Spoon a little of the leftover marinade, over the fish and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes or until it’s flaky.
I served the grilled salmon over spinach with sweet tomatoes.
On the stove (or use an outdoor grill burner – I don’t have one) heat about ½ a tbsp. of butter and a drizzle of olive oil in a pan. Toss in a few large handfuls of spinach, add some salt and pepper and stir around until fully wilted and the liquid has evaporated. I also sliced some small sweet tomatoes and garnished the plate with them. (A spinach salad would be equally as wonderful)
These are some of my thoughts on the Habits of Highly Effective Winemakers – I would love to hear some of yours!!
1) Keep a notebook – write it down: these days, when you say notebook, you could be talking about a couple of things. A notebook to me is the one with paper in it. A notebook to someone quite younger may be a Mac Pro. Either one is great for keeping notes. You may think you’ll remember something, but in my experience, I always forgot what I wanted so much to remember.
2) Taste, Taste, Taste – yeah, I know it’s a great job…but someone has to do it…LOL Tasting the juice all the way through fermentation through aging is a must. (no pun intended) Don’t be surprised when the winemaker comes to your house and asks for a beer…
3) Stay up on new research, new technology, and new equipment – Things change every day. Modern technology is changing very quickly and we need to keep up with it. We should never be afraid to try new things.
4) Never be afraid to ask –
5) Source great fruit –
6) Stay focused –
7) Have fun – I have always said that if the winemaker is not happy or always in a bad mood, they will not make good wine…
I guess there are some of us who celebrate Valentine’s Day and some who don’t. And that’s ok…
It has been said that we shouldn’t have to wait for a certain day of the year to give a gift to that special someone in our lives. I believe that is true. Make each day special. Take the time to say a kind word or give a hug. It’s those moments that people remember. (of course they remember the diamond ring you gave them too 😉 ) But a continuous loving heart all year round is really what it’s all about.
Happy Valentine’s Day
Take a look around…there are so many people in your community who are in need this season and through out the year! Passaggio Wines has joined hearts with the Volunteer Center of Sonoma to help those less fortunate in our community. Come by the tasting room and take a heart from our Christmas tree and make it a special day for someone this Christmas. You can return the gift you purchased, gift wrapped, with the sticker applied to the package and we will deliver it for you.
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!
I am very proud to present the opening of the Passaggio Wines Sonoma Tasting Room. What a dream come true! I am very blessed to be surrounded by some wonderful people who have made this part of my journey come to life. Come on in for a great glass of wine!
Tasting room: 25 East Napa Street, Suite C, Sonoma, CA.
Hours: Mon 12-6, Tues closed, Wed closed, Thurs 12-6, Fri 11-6, Sat 11-6, Sun 11-6
Cheers to my friends and family!!
You can check out more photos on the Passaggio Wines Facebook Page!!