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 am really excited about this year. It’s the 2017 Passaggio Verdejo. I sourced this fruit from my good friends, Heringer Estates. Heringer Estates is located in Clarksburg, just south of Sacramento. The vineyards are surrounded by the cooling waterways of the Sacramento River Delta. There are warm summer days and cool breezy evenings.
Verdejo is a Spanish varietal. It originated in North Africa but found it’s way to Spain in the 11th Century. This grape produces an intense aromatic fruit forward white wine. Passaggio Verdejo is 100% Verdejo made in all stainless steel with no malo-lactic fermentation to keep the wine fresh and lively. IF you are a Sauvignon Blanc lover, you will enjoy this wine as well. Beautiful layers of lemon and citrus along with a slight mineral note are followed by green apple, grapefruit, and a crisp acidity. Pair this with seafood dishes, spicy dishes or by itself on the patio with friends.
I guess there are some of us who celebrate Valentine’s Day and some who don’t. And that’s ok…
It has been said that we shouldn’t have to wait for a certain day of the year to give a gift to that special someone in our lives. I believe that is true. Make each day special. Take the time to say a kind word or give a hug. It’s those moments that people remember. (of course they remember the diamond ring you gave them too 😉 ) But a continuous loving heart all year round is really what it’s all about.
Happy Valentine’s Day
Take a look around…there are so many people in your community who are in need this season and through out the year! Passaggio Wines has joined hearts with the Volunteer Center of Sonoma to help those less fortunate in our community. Come by the tasting room and take a heart from our Christmas tree and make it a special day for someone this Christmas. You can return the gift you purchased, gift wrapped, with the sticker applied to the package and we will deliver it for you.
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!
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!!!
WOW!! It’s been awhile since my last blog post! I got kinda busy with harvest. What a great looking vintage this year! All of Passaggio’s fruit is in and all I can say is “Whew!”
It seems to me that this harvest was fast and furious. Everything wanted to come in at once. The only thing I had to wait on was the Barbera. Now we can breathe a little while everything gets through fermentation and pressing. I can’t wait to see how this vintage turns out. I believe it’s going to be great.
I brought in Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauv Blanc, Rousanne, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Tempranillo, Mourvedre, Merlot, and Barbera.
Next up – bottling in February!!
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!
I am very proud to present the opening of the Passaggio Wines Sonoma Tasting Room. What a dream come true! I am very blessed to be surrounded by some wonderful people who have made this part of my journey come to life. Come on in for a great glass of wine!
Tasting room: 25 East Napa Street, Suite C, Sonoma, CA.
Hours: Mon 12-6, Tues closed, Wed closed, Thurs 12-6, Fri 11-6, Sat 11-6, Sun 11-6
Cheers to my friends and family!!
You can check out more photos on the Passaggio Wines Facebook Page!!