This has been such an exciting journey!! We are getting closer every day to opening the Passaggio Wines tasting room. Everything is coming together with the help of some great friends! I can’t wait for you to see it. I am thinking we will open very soon – so stay tuned!!
Look out Sonoma – here I come!
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…
It is finally here…I am very excited and pleased to announce that you can now join the Passaggio Wine Club. PLease join me on this fabulous journey. Just click on the above photo and take the Passage Way to a wonderful year of wine…
Follow Your Passion
I was asked by a dear friend if I had ever written a blog about the “Fear of Following Your Passion.” I told her that I had written about Following Your Passion on many different levels and would talk about the fear of following your passion just for her. I wouldn’t give up the journey I have taken thus far – just watch the fun I am having…
When I think of fear, several things come to mind. The Wikipedia meaning of fear is “the ability to recognize danger and flee from it or confront it, also known as the Fight or Flight response.” Sometimes fear rises up in us when we want to change, and that fear keeps us from change. I say, sometimes you have to do those things afraid. When I wanted to leave law enforcement to follow my passion of winemaking, I was very afraid. I had been in law enforcement for 15 years. Why would I want to give that up for something that may fail? I was afraid. A friend gave me a paper weight that was inscribed with “what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail” So I came up with a plan that I was comfortable with and began to execute it. Was I still afraid? You bet!!!
The fear that some of us feel can sometimes be too overwhelming and it causes us to retreat. Our dreams don’t become reality. We begin to let fear rule us. Giving in to that fear stifles our dreams. We just continue to dream about it. If you have a step by step plan to make that dream come true you can watch it unfold before your eyes…even if you are afraid. Don’t get discouraged – be not afraid.
Follow your Passion
I remember falling down when I was a little girl and my mom there to help me back up…life is kinda like that. We do fall down at times, we get discouraged, and have the tendency to stay down. It’s not easy to just jump right back up again. Sometimes we need a little encouragement. Maybe even someone to hold out their hand and help us up.
There are times during your journey that you will need a friend or two to help you back up…find that right person who you know will be there no matter what the circumstance. Someone you know and trust to see you through the good times and the hard times.
Just remember that no matter what happens – dust yourself off, get back up again and keep going…”follow your passion”