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Wine Cruise Tweetup

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Where is your next travel destination?  How about a cruise to the Mediterranean?  Join Passaggio Wines, Destinations Magazine, Misty Travel, and My Cru Wine Club in this great Twitter #TravelTuesday conversation…

Wine Cruise Tweetup…join in the fun!

Wine Cruise Tweetup.

Cheers,

Passaggio Wines

Chardonnay Day

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Chardonnay Day?  Who would have thought that we would be having such a day each year.  Who would have thought I would be writing about this a few years ago?

The annual Chardonnay Day was born from social media.  People from all over the world will be joining in this awesome tasting.  It is your chance to participate in one of the largest wine tastings in the world.  All you have to do is have a glass of Chardonnay (your choice) and share your tasting experience with millions of people on a social media site.

My passion, as a winemaker, is to create a Chardonnay that has complexity, layers of wonderful flavors, good acidity, and pairs well with food.  I believe the Chardonnay grape is one of the most versatile grapes there is. I love what you can produce with this wine.  I am sure we will be hearing all sorts of tasting notes from around the world on every type of Chardonnay out there.

Whatever you decide to open I hope you are having it with some great food and wonderful friends.  After all, that is what it’s all about…sharing our experiences.  There is nothing more satisfying than sitting around the table with great wine, awesome food, wonderful friends, and sharing our lives with one another.

As the day approaches for our Annual Chardonnay Day I hope you are considering joining in on the fun.  Don’t miss this one…it’s gonna be a blast.  See you there…

Cheers,

Passaggio Wines

Cheers to 2011 Rosé

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Yesterday was an awesome bottling day…I bottled the 2011 Passaggio Unoaked Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and the Rosé.  (whew!!)  The Rosé was a particularly fun project for me simply because it’s an unusual blend.  The stainless 2011 Rosé is 82% Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley and 18% Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.

These wines will soon be released to the Passaggio wine club members.  If you haven’t joined the Passaggio Passionistas yet check it out here.  Stay tuned for some more exciting news coming soon…

A big shout out to Leslie who helped me pack boxes…

Cheers,

Passaggio Wines

Last Call

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Passaggio Wines will soon be sporting new labels.  It has been a wonderful journey and I hope that you are following your passion as well.  I started this journey in 2004, launching the 2007 Unoaked Chardonnay in 2008.  Since that time, Passaggio Wines has added a Pinot Grigio, Rosé, and Pinot Noir.
I am very excited about the new labels this year
The 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay and Rosé are already sold out.  There are only a few cases left of the 2010 Pinot Grigio…
To make some room for the 2011 vintage I am offering a 50% discount on the remaining 2010 Pinot Grigio.  This may be the last time I make a 50% discount offer…Passaggio Passionistas Wine Club members receive a 20% discount on all wines…

When you log in to the Passaggio website all you need to do is add the following coupon code to your order.

Coupon code: labels

Thank you so much for all your support throughout this wonderful journey…

Follow Your Passion

Passaggio Wines

Racking 2011

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2011 Harvest for Passaggio Wines has been a memorable one thus far…it’s gonna be a great vintage…click on the Racking 2011 slide show of the Rosé, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio.  Get ready for some awesome wines…

Racking 2011

Cheers,

Passaggio Wines

Discover It in Slow Motion

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Sometimes we get so busy with our everyday lives that it’s easy to lose focus on what really matters. We tend to put on those blinders and charge full steam ahead without seeing our journey along the way .

What would it be like if we put our lives in slow motion? You know…like in the movies when they put the film in slow motion…you can see everything that is happening. I like to take the time to look at wine this way.  A part of enjoying the wine that’s in the bottle starts with taking the time to learn about the wine and its journey to the bottle. Pick up the bottle and take a look at the label. Slow down…take your time…what does the label say about the wine or the winemaker’s passion? I love reading wine labels. Sometimes there is actually some pretty good information on them. Other times, I am left wanting. Some people are label-buyers…they select the wine because the label intrigued them in some way. Did you choose this bottle of wine for the label and why?

Next take a look at the closure.  What type of foil is covering the cork? Does it even have a foil? I have bought some wines that don’t have a foil. What type of cork or closure does it have? Is it a real cork? There are a lot of alternative styles of corks on the market. Does the cork have any writing on it? Have you ever noticed that some wineries take special care to put their logo, the year, website, or a saying on the cork? Some are just plain cork without any information.  Does the closure pull easily?  My favorite observation is the bottom of the cork…has the wine stained the cork with its own stamp of identity?

Now you are ready to pour…What type of glass are you pouring it in? (but that’s another blog…) How does it look? Is the color what you expected? You can tell a lot about wine by the color (that’s another blog, too.) Can you smell it as its being poured? How does it smell? Is it what you expected? (and yet another blog…LOL) Slow down and approach the wine.  Sometimes I like to smell the aroma a few times before I actually taste the wine. There are times when the aroma is so enticing, I just keep sniffing it. What aromas do you get? Can you describe what you are sensing?

OK… now the big moment…let’s taste it. That first sip…does it measure up to what you are smelling? Does it measure up to the label description? Does it measure up to everything you expected? What do you taste? Follow up that first impression with another sip. Can you describe it better? Can you imagine what food you would like to pair with it? Smell it again…swirl it around and stick your nose down in the glass – take a deep breath.

Savor the moment…sip your wine and take in all you can learn about it. Share it with someone special…that’s why it’s made…

Follow your passion…I know I am…

Cheers,

Passaggio Wines