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Gluten Free Chicken and Passaggio Pinot Grigio

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I met Rain Graves in 2010 IRL. We first met on twitter. Rain and her husband live in San Francisco and often make trips to Napa to taste and buy some of their favorite wines. They wanted to stop by the winery where I was pouring my wines to meet. We set up a day and time. When they arrived I noticed she had a book in her hand. It was a book she had written. WOW – a published author!!

Rain and her husband fell in love with Passaggio Wines and have bought them every year ever since then. This past Saturday, Rain tweeted out a photo of some gluten-free fried chicken (that she made) paired with the Passaggio 2010 Pinot Grigio. I couldn’t believe she still had a bottle of the 2010. I reposted that photo on the Passaggio Wines Facebook Page. All of a sudden, people were wanting the recipe. Rain was so kind to post it on the page…The post and conversation went something like this:

Passaggio Wines: Rain Graves makes Gluten Free Fried Chicken to pair with Passaggio 2010 Pinot Grigio…wow!!

Gluten Free Chicken / Passaggio PG

Suzie Linville Awesome! What’s the recipe? I recently learned I am gluten sensitive.
Passaggio WinesI’m trying to get the recipe for you guys…
Donna Boyd Love recipe..
Passaggio Wines:  I can try to get it Donna
Donna Boyd: Thank you..if you can..love to have it…looks yummy. .and better for me..
Yvonne Arnold: Great idea. Rice flour probably. Recipe if possible please.
Passaggio Wines:  I’m asking now…
Ray Capiral: I’ve been craving a good PG

Rain Graves:  For the egg wash – (you can actually do this with OUT the eggs to make it more healthy and extra crispy, as pictured, but for naysayers…use 2 eggs). 1.5 cups reduced fat buttermilk, juice of 2 fresh lemons (1.5 if large). Mix well.

For the batter: 1/2 bag Thomas Keller’s Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free flour. I also love BetterBatter.org’s Seasoned Flour Mix for a non spicy version. Old Bay Seasoning to taste (the more the spicier – you can also substitute your fav Creole mix), fresh cracked black pepper, 1-2 cups crushed corn flakes (safeway brand is GF).

Soak in milk overnight if doing breasts… drain and pat dry, salt and pepper to taste. For only dark meat pieces (pictured are thighs) you can skip the soaking, dip in flour mix, then egg wash, then flour mix again. This seals in the moisture.

Deep fry in peanut oil…depending on the size of your pieces, about 10-15 minutes, or until floating or deep golden brown. Let rest 10 minutes…and enjoy with your favorite vintage of Passaggio Pinot Grigio 😉

Rain Graves: That recipe makes 14 thighs

Passaggio Wines: Thank you Rain for sharing this recipe
Passaggio Wines: Ok recipe is up on the post.
Suzie Linville: Thank you so much!!
Donna Boyd: Thank you Rain…sharing Thank you Cynthia for asking..Enjoy your evening ladies..
Rain Graves: Anytime.  I hope you enjoy it! Would’ve typed a proper format but I’m accessing FB on my cell. 🙂
Stacy Su: You will have to share that recipe.
Charlene Johnson: It sounds and looks great!!

That Sunday Rain met me at the tasting room and brought me a couple of pieces of that Gluten Free Chicken…what a treat!! I paired it with the Passaggio 2012 Pinot Grigio – it was fantastic!!!

Gluten Free Chicken / 2012 Passaggio PG

Cheers

Passaggio Wines

For the Common Good (or Cold)

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The Rush Family Turkey SoupI saw this great photo yesterday on Facebook.  The photo was posted by Passaggio Passionista Wine Club Members, Stephen and Tricia Rush.  One person even responded *drool*.

I have seen a few of my Facebook friends post about having a nasty cold (it’s that time of year) and thought this would be a great time to give out this easy recipe for those who are sick and can’t get out of the house.

Even better…make this recipe for someone you know who is sick and take it to them…

1 qt vegetable broth, 1 cup water, about a half pound precooked shredded Thanksgiving turkey, (or you can use chicken), 3 celery stalks, 1 carrot, 1 tomato, and 0.25 onion. Dice ingredients and add to the pot as it boils. Top with crushed black pepper when served. Takes about 20 minutes if you don’t know how to cut veggies 🙂

For those who aren’t feeling well – I hope you get better soon!!!

Pair with Passaggio Unoaked Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio

Cynthia Cosco

Passaggio Wines

Tell Your Story

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Sometimes you set out to do something not realizing the wonderful benefits you may get…

A few blogs ago I wrote about throwing your net into the water…well…I am doing just that and here I am with my net full of wonderful twitter and facebook friends… 🙂

Our net, this Social Media Craze, is being flung overboard like crazy. Twitter, Facebook, Bloggers, Websites, Online shopping, etc, are all catching the consumer’s eye. But there is more to it…what about the face to face personal touch. (no, that’s not what I mean, geez) I mean telling your story to a group of people who are interested in you…yes, you. Everyone has a story. So how do you tell that story 140 characters at a time? Or how do you tell that story one Update status at a time, or by blogging every day or every other day? Well, I think we just answered our own questions. We tell it one hundred forty characters at a time, one Update status at a time, one blog at a time, and etc, etc. It takes hard work and determination mixed with some faith, and viola…your net will be full.

There were a few men who threw their nets out into the deep and look what they accomplished. Follow your passion… Throw your net overboard…tell your story…fill your nets to overflowing.

Cheers,

Passaggio Wines
http://passaggiowines.com

ReThink

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I am liking this word more and more as I get older…rethink. It has a nice sound to it. ReThink…. There are a few things I have considered changing over the years and now realized I was rethinking. To rethink the way the wine industry does things is a major feat, but if you notice, we are rethinking it every day. Twitter, Facebook, and blogging have all been the Rethinking of social media. We have added to our list of ways to engage with one another.

You no longer have to hand out your business card when at a social function, you can bump your “poken” with a person and get all their info downloaded into your computer. 🙂 You can be-friend someone by just a click of the button on Facebook and viola! you are “friends”. You can, with the click of the button, be “friends” with someone on Twitter. I know that the act of clicking a button doesn’t make you their “friend”. It’s the act of engaging and socializing with them on-line makes you their friend. Some people get this confused. Twitter calls your friends “followers” and Facebook calls them “friends”. Any difference in the two…probably not. It depends on how you engage with them.

Anyway…rethinking the way you do business and the way you engage with your “friends” has become a social media craze these days. I think it is awesome I have made “friends” with people I would have never met. These are people who live all over the United States and even other countries. Social gatherings has become re-defined…a different way of meeting people and engaging with them through the social media platform. You can even have a wine tasting via the social media network.

I can say that Twitter and Facebook have given me the opportunity to make wonderful friends that have enriched my life. I would not have met you if it had not been for the social media craze taking place. Rethink the way you approach this craze. It might just enrich your lives too.

Cheers,

Passaggio Wines
http://www.passaggiowines.com

Throw Your Net Out into the Deep

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If you remember your Sunday school lesson there were some fishermen that caught a boat load of fish (no pun intended) one day because someone (namely Jesus) told them to throw their nets over the side of the boat and they would catch some fish. Much like today, we in the Wine Industry are throwing our nets overboard in hopes to catch consumers who want to drink some nice wines…

Our net, this Social Media Craze, is being flung overboard like crazy. Twitter, Facebook, Bloggers, Websites, Online shopping, etc, are all catching the consumer’s eye. But there is more to it…what about the face to face personal touch. (no, that’s not what I mean, geez) I mean telling your story to a group of people who are interested in you…yes, you. Everyone has a story. So how do you tell that story 140 characters at a time? Or how do you tell that story one Update status at a time, or by blogging every day or every other day? Well, I think we just answered our own questions. We tell it one hundred forty characters at a time, one Update status at a time, one blog at a time, and etc, etc. It takes hard work and determination mixed with some faith, and viola…your net will be full.

Those few men threw their nets out into the deep and look what they accomplished. Follow your passion… Throw your net overboard…tell your story…fill your nets to overflowing.

Cheers,

Passaggio Wines
http://passaggiowines.com