‘Tis the Season

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Can you believe it??? We are at that time of year when we visit family and friends for the holidays. This year has gone by so fast…what did I do all year? Well…since you asked, here is a list of some of the things Passaggio Wines accomplished in the year 2014. I couldn’t have done it without the help of some wonderful friends!!! 

* We teamed up with The Sassy Kitchen to have small intimate wine maker dinners and introduce recipes that pair with Passaggio Wines.

* Introduced new clubs to the Passaggio Wines Clubs

* Visited the Finger Lakes area and found some wonderful wines

* Opened a tasting room on the Historic Sonoma Square

* We tripled our production this year and added a few new varietals to the Passaggio Line up!!

* Joined Vin65 and revamped the Passaggio Website

* Got a puppy!!!

* We met a lot of wonderful new friends!!!


Thank you for a wonderful year…

Have a safe and joyous holiday!!!

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Can You Believe It?

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Here we are…in the thick of harvest!!! Phoebe will be 11 weeks old this Thursday!! The Sonoma Tasting Room is doing great! The San Francisco Tasting Room is doing great! The 2014 Harvest looks great! Have I said the word “great” yet…? I have been known to say “awesome” a lot…(thought I’d change it up a bit 😉


Just a bit tired but will keep you posted on this “awesome” harvest (there’s that word) – So far I have brought in Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauv Blanc, Rousanne, and some Pinot Noir. It’s looking good!!!

If you get a chance, stop by the Sonoma Tasting Room. We are pouring some “great” wines. Open today (Sept 15th) from 12-6pm…


Cheers to a “great” harvest

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One Week and Counting

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It’s official…the Passaggio Wines tasting room in Sonoma is two weeks old, harvest has kicked off and I’m getting a puppy next week!!

It has been very quiet in the house since Mattie (my Airedale) passed away last year. I miss her every day. There’s a place in my heart for this little girl too. Her name is Phoebe. I named her Phoebe because that was Mattie’s actually first name. Her name was Phoebe Maddison. We called her Mattie.

This little girl will join us on August 28th. She will be flying here, with her breeder, Charlene Johnson. They are flying here all the way from Connecticut. Charlene has been very instrumental in helping my heart mend from loosing Mattie to cancer. Phoebe will now be the new Passaggio Winery dog…as you can tell, she’s been practicing!! 😉

I am sure you will see lots of photos soon!! Stay tuned for the arrival!



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We are Missing Mr. Whiskers

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Me and Mr. Whiskers

When I moved to California to pursue my dream of wine making I decided I wanted a cat.  I went to the local shelter to see what they had.  I began to walk through where they had the cats and kittens and I noticed this cat had come up to the front of his cage and began meowing as if he was saying “how about me…?” He was a beautiful black and white cat weighing about 20 pounds.  The shelter thought he was about 9 years old.

I couldn’t walk away from him.  I asked if I could take him out of his cage.  The attendant took him out and we became best buds almost instantly.  He was the one…

When going through the adoption process at the front desk they asked “where the cat was going to sleep?”  I looked at the girl behind the counter and said “anywhere he wants…”

When I got him home he needed a name of course.  I have no clue why, but the shelter named him Larry.   He had the longest whiskers on a cat I had ever seen (could it have been because he weighed 20 pounds?) so I decided to name him Whiskers.  He immediately settled in and began running the house.

Whiskers became my best friend.  He followed me around like a little puppy dog.  He protected me from sock monsters and loved to sit by the stove when I was baking Salmon.  (of course he would get a small bite) We had a fenced in back yard and he loved going out and just sitting in the grass. Our evening ritual was the same; he loved sitting next  to me while I was on my computer and oftentimes helped me type.  He woke me up every morning at 6am.  We had our routine down.  Or I should say I had his routine down…

It wasn’t long after Whiskers that Mattie was brought into the house.  Mattie is an Airedale.  She was 8 weeks old when I got her and of course Whiskers explained to her who was the boss.  They became friends but Mattie knew who was in charge.

Whiskers soon developed some eye problems and had to have surgery on his left eye.  Over the years he lost sight in that eye.  He later developed diabetes.  I gave him two insulin shots a day for the rest of his life.  He had to have his blood sugar checked every now and then and his insulin adjusted.  His immune system became weak and he was not able to go outside anymore.  His back legs didn’t work that well and he kind of shuffled as he walked.  It was amazing that he could sense when a vet visit was upon him…as soon as I went to get the crate, he would go under the bed just out of reach.

Over the years Whiskers earned the right to be called “Mr. Whiskers.”  He remained my loyal friend.

At the beginning of the year, Mr. Whisker’s health began to deteriorate.  We made several visits to the vet and were faced with having to put him under to pull some teeth.  We soon realized that he was a little older than we had first thought. The vet said that Mr Whiskers was about 19 years old.

While Mr. Whiskers rallied a bit, he was tired and weak.  He began not eating and not drinking.  He soon had to have fluids given to him.  Since he would not eat, I wasn’t able to give him his insulin shots.  He began to deteriorate very fast.  I had to call the Vet and was told to bring him in that next day.  I was going to have to make some hard, hard choices.

It was about 3am.  Mr Whiskers decided it was his time.  I picked him up and held him in my arms for a couple of hours.  He breathed his last breath at 6am that morning.  My heart stopped for just a moment.

It’s been over a year now…
I miss him terribly – that day eight years ago when the shelter placed him in my arms, he claimed his space in my heart…and he will always remain there.

Happy Harvest 2013 Gratitude

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Well, predictions were right for Harvest 2013…it came early!  The 2013 Passaggio Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio came in full 10 days earlier than 2012 and the grapes looked fantastic…I actually think they look better than last year’s!

Harvest 2013It was a brisk morning in Lodi when they picked fruit at 6:30am. I always love this time of year. It’s a time when thoughts of the outside world normally fade away as the sound of grape laden buckets takes over and harvest becomes the center of all activity.  It’s  a peaceful time when I can forget about everything else and just focus on harvest. This year, though, has been a little different. Mattie, my Airedale and Passaggio Winery dog, has undergone bone cancer surgery to remove her left front leg. It has taken its toll on me for sure. My heart is heavy and my spirit is weary. Mattie is actually doing better than I am. She seems better each day. Still not quite able to stand on her own, but she is getting better. I am sure she will be running…well, I understand it may resemble a hop… around the winery before you know it.  I am very thankful for all the support, hugs, thoughts, and prayers during this difficult journey. Barbara, my neighbor and wonderful friend, has been such a huge support. She made dinner twice for us and visits Mattie at least twice a day for belly rubs. Mariah, my pastor, brought a care package of snacks…doggie treats for Mattie and ice cream for me! Friends from all over the world are leaving social media messages of encouragement…wonderful words of encouragement and daily advice.

Me and Mattie

For these things I am very grateful….

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Julie & Julia

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OK…so I waited until this move came out on the Comcast On Demand Channel…I got to watch it on the comfort of my own couch, a glass of great wine, and Mattie (my airedale) at my feet. I am by no means an expert movie critic. I just know what I like and don’t like. (just like wine) 🙂

I thought this movie was awesome…Meryl Streep was amazing. I can’t think of anyone else who could have played the part of Julia Childs. I can imagine the passion Julia Childs had for her cooking. That passion is what kept her going and is what she spread to others around her, enriching their lives as well.

This movie gave me inspiration. It gave me ideas. It lifted my spirits, and it left me wanting to know more about Julie Childs and her life long journey into the world of great cuisine. And to @voxinferior (on twitter) yes…it made me hungry…LOL – not only for her delicious recipes, but for my passion of great wine as I travel my journey.

I only hope I can enrich lives the way that Julia Childs did.


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