All Bottled Up

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After I wrote the title it sounded kinda funny to me. But what the heck – it’s my blog ūüėČ

I have been quite busy these past few months getting wines ready for bottling and I am very excited to say that all the 2013 Passaggio White wines and Rosé have been bottled. Whooohooooo!!!!

2013 is turning out to be a great vintage. The whites and the¬†Ros√©¬†are fantastic. I was able to get the Rose Colored Glasses on the website as a pre-order and believe me, it’s going fast!! So if you would like to pre-order the Rose Colored Glasses you can do so here. I don’t think it’s going to last long!!

I think this video says it all – I am glad bottling is finally finished!! Cheers to 2013 Vintage!



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Getting Things Ready

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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 ūüėČ )

I want to tell you about a wine I really excited about this year. ¬†It’s the 2012 Passaggio UNMARKED Merlot. I sourced this fruit from my good friend, Carole Coplan. Carole bought this property a few years back. Now called Coplan Vineyards, this beautiful property is¬†located at the northern cusp of the Carneros region in Sonoma Valley.¬†This area is characterized by a long, moderately cool growing season tempered by maritime breezes from the bay and the Pacific. They sometimes have lingering early morning fog and warm afternoons. This environment provides optimum conditions for slow, even ripening and superior acidic balance for cool climate Merlot.

Coplan MerlotMerlot tends to have a range of fresh flavors such as plums, cherries, blueberries and blackberries mixed with cocoa and black pepper and spice tones. When it comes to food pairing options. Poultry, red meat, pork, pastas, salads РMerlot handles them all very well.

This will be Passaggio’s first Bordeaux red. The bottling is planned for March of this year and the wine will be released sometime this Fall. I hope you decide to try this small lot, artisan wine. You won’t be disappointed.


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Ain’t it Grand to be Clean!!!

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I guess some of you are¬†wondering what happens in the winery during this time of the year…or maybe not. LOL

It’s kind of quiet in the winery¬†although we are gearing up to do some bottling. I have been cleaning. Yes, cleaning. Cleaning is just something that we are constantly doing in the winery. It’s one of the most important things we do as well as one of the most things we do. We are constantly cleaning. This week I was cleaning the production area and the Passaggio SS Drums. Hard work but it sure makes you feel better when it’s all clean… ūüėČ

These Passaggio SS Drums are ready to be rinsed!!!


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