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BlogTalk Radio – CellarCast

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My good friend, Dan Goderis, better known as the Iowa Wino,  contacted me a couple of months ago to do a talk radio show. I was excited to do it but then when the show was to air, I wasn’t available. We finally were able to put the show together yesterday. Wouldn’t you know it, Dan called and said his computer shut down and he was having a hard time rebooting it. 😉 Ain’t technology grand?

I waited and waited – listening to that interesting music (well, maybe not so interesting LOL) and finally Dan was able to get his computer to work. I wish I could have seen him behind the scenes… 😉

This is what he said on his blog page. “All I can say is that old groundhog better never show his face around me. Right before we are going live for this weeks BlogTalk Radio show my internet and power glitch turned this relatively calm individual into 2 year old tantrum mode. Not only would nothing boot up quickly but it appeared it wanted to mess with me and start loading all sorts of updates. Note to self screaming at the router and laptop does not help nor does threatening to throw it in the foot of snow outside. Yes and while this was going on it was snowing outside and the poor winemaker was on hold thinking “I agreed to do what?” With music clips wiped out and the opening vanished we managed to duct tape the show together and had a fun little time. Thanks Cindy for being such a sport.

I invite you to listen and learn more about me…here’s the link CellarCast with Passaggio Wines

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Cheers

Passaggio Wines

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 😉 )

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 – Merlot 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.

Cheers

Passaggio Wines

Harvest 2013 – Grapes All In

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Harvest has finally settled down. We have a few things still fermenting but all is well. The grapes looked fantastic this year! I’m predicting another great vintage! I am looking forward to sharing this vintage with you!

Here are just a few photos from Harvest 2013 – Enjoy

Harvest 2013.

 

Passaggio Wines

Salute to Harvest 2012

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We waited with antipication…we did all our quirky routines…and it seemed that Mother Nature was on our side for harvest 2012.  The fruit that came in the winery was exceptional.  The fermentations smelled awesome and tasted wonderful.  This was truly a stellar year for vineyard owners, vineyard managers, and wine makers.

Someone asked me on twitter if this was the harvest of the century.  I would have to say “yes…this is the harvest of the century.”  I predict you will be tasting some stellar wines   from this harvest.

Passaggio Wines will be adding to its line up this year so keep an eye out for the following wines: Unoaked Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Pinot Noir, and Merlot.  You can join the Passaggio Passionistas Wine Club and have these wines shipped to you throughout the year.

Click on the photo for the Passaggio Harvest 2012 video…enjoy

Cheers

Passaggio Wines