I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend…it has been a great start to the 2012 Passaggio Wines…
I took the 2012 Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio off of cold settling and racked them to stainless barrels and tank. Tasting the juice before fermentation…what a great day! This is the beginning….this is it – gotta get this right!!! What’s the pH…? What’s the TA…? What’s the ML…? What’s the YAN…? What’s the Brix…? Whew!!! – here we go…yeast and nutrient are lined up and ready for the next step. Stay tuned for more…
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It’s that time of year when I start getting nervous yet excited about harvest. It’s on my mind day in and day out. When will the grapes be ready…is this an early harvest? Do I have all my equipment ready? Do I have all the chemicals I need? These are some of the thoughts running through my mind right before harvest. It’s like the quiet before the storm.
Excitement is in the air. All across the wine industry, wine makers, vineyard managers, cellar workers, and wine industry vendors are on standby. We are all hoping for a great harvest. We are all hoping for the best one yet…LOL
Whatever Mother Nature decides, we will make the best wine with what we have been given. I can’t wait to hear the sound of that first truck bring in the first fruit.
Stay tuned for what’s in store for Passaggio Wines – it won’t be long before we have the “Blessing of the Grapes”
Is that all stainless…? I get that question a lot about my wines. Passaggio Unoaked Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Rosé are all fermented and aged in stainless tanks. They do not go through malolactic fermentation which gives these wines a nice crispness that pairs well with food. I also love to ferment the wines in different vessels, with different yeasts. They are left on the lees and stirred often. I feel this adds a nice complexity to the wines. The wines are then blended and cold/heat stabilized.
I was very excited to unwrap my new stainless drums and my new stainless tank. It felt like Christmas in July. If you would like a tour and tasting of Passaggio Wines just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – it’s a pretty cool place – check it out Dogpatch Wine Works
Hope to see you there!
If you haven’t tasted any of the Passaggio Wines now is your chance. Join me in downtown Napa on July 11th, 2012, 6-8pm for a flight of Passaggio Wines. 1313 Main will be pouring the 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and the Rose Colored Glasses. All three perfect for these warm summer days…perfect with light foods and great company of friends.
I do have a few t-shirts to give away…get there early!!
Hope to see you there…
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This is my mission. My business is my passion. I launched Passaggio Wines in 2008 following my 15 year law enforcement career. I moved to California to follow my passion to pursue a life making quality, food-friendly wines. I left Virginia in 2004 and launched Passaggio Wines with my 2007 vintage. Passaggio’s flagship wine is a unoaked Chardonnay. I love to bring great wines, awesome food, and wonderful friends together. Sharing is all part of the Passaggio story.
Passaggio’s success was built on it’s loyal customers and friends made along this wonderful journey. I have had the chance to meet some of the greatest people during this pilgrimage. They have made my success.
Passaggio Wines unique quality is created from passion. Built on a shoestring budget, I was able to launch my dream. The unoaked Chardonnay’s of today are getting great press and I am proud to have been on the cutting edge.