Easy Living Grilled Salmon

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I met with the Sassy Kitchen this past week to come up with some recipes for the three Passaggio Rosés. One of my favorites was the grilled Salmon and Passaggio Mourvedre Rosé. What an awesome pairing…get those grills hot and wines chilled because this is a definite winner!!

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Summer Grilled Salmon

Salmon (pictured is a 4oz serving.)
2 to 3 cloves garlic
Equal measures of: (¼ to ½ cup ideally, depending on the amount of fish)
Olive Oil
Soy Sauce
Brown Sugar
Lemon Juice
A couple shakes of pepper

Smash and roughly chop the garlic. Then add the garlic, olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice and pepper to a gallon sized zip-lock back or a storage container with a lid.   Mix until the sugar has dissolved. (I was being lazy and rather than grabbing another spice, I used my Nature’s Seasons instead of plain pepper)

Cut your fish into the desired serving portions and place it in the bag or container with the marinade. Make sure it’s well coated and covered, then seal the container and put it in the refrigerator for 4 hours. You can go shorter with the time but I recommend at least 2 hours.

fire up your grill and bring it to a medium high heat. Spray the grill well with a non-stick grill spray and place the fish, skin side down, on the grill and close the lid. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes.

Carefully turn the fish over (the skin peeled off mine both times so …. Don’t worry if yours does too). Spoon a little of the leftover marinade, over the fish and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes or until it’s flaky.

I served the grilled salmon over spinach with sweet tomatoes.

On the stove (or use an outdoor grill burner – I don’t have one) heat about ½ a tbsp. of butter and a drizzle of olive oil in a pan. Toss in a few large handfuls of spinach, add some salt and pepper and stir around until fully wilted and the liquid has evaporated. I also sliced some small sweet tomatoes and garnished the plate with them. (A spinach salad would be equally as wonderful)


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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 😉

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 Rosé 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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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.


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The Day Finally Arrived!

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Passaggio Bottling 2012March 15th – Passaggio Wines on the calendar for bottling. The days leading up to this date were intense. Trying to coordinate getting all the packaging paraphernalia to the winery on time was quite a task not to mention getting the wine ready too. It actually came down to the wire. The capsules and corks were to arrive on the 14th. Two o’clock went by and the UPS driver had all ready dropped a package off at the winery and it wasn’t the capsules and corks for Passaggio Wines bottling. I immediately got on the phone to the company and they had me down as bottling on the 25th…oy vay!!! Needless to say, you can bottle without capsules, but you can’t bottle without corks!

The company realized their mistake and had the capsules and corks to me at 7am on the 15th. Now that’s cutting it close…geez!

The day went very smooth. I had wonderful friends who took part in this memorable occasion. It makes bottling more of a non stressful day when you have great people helping you get through it. Passaggio Wines bottled the 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Rose Colored Glasses, and newly added to the line-up this year – Sauvignon Blanc.

Shout out to Dave Gifford, Chris Nelson, Justin Rose, and the Luna Sei group for all their help!!! You guys are awesome….



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San Francisco Tasting Room – DogPatch & Passaggio

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Passaggio Wines is proud to announce it is now part of a tasting room in San Francisco. This is just one more step on the wonderful journey I have been on since 2004.  The tasting room is such a huge part of building the Passaggio brand.  For those who sell on-line only…I have been there. It is not easy. How do you entice others to buy your wines without tasting them? I have poured at events, special tastings, parties, etc. This is not an easy task to do, plus an expensive one, especially to those making small lots of wines.  We don’t have much to give away at first. We want to build our brands large enough to sustain us at least to the following harvest so we can make another vintage for you to enjoy. That’s what you call “passion”

For those who don’t know anything about the “Dogpatch” area of San Francisco, it has a rich history. The Dogpatch area was originally part of the Protrero Nuevo and closely tied to “Protrero Hill.” Dogpatch has its own neighborhood association. It shares merchant association, Democratic caucuses and general neighborhood matters with Protrero Hill.

The area was officially designated a historic district of San Francisco in 2002. The name originated mostly because of the packs of dogs that would run that neighborhood and scavenge discarded meats in Butchertown (a slaughterhouse district in BayView) This area survived the earthquake of 1906, therefore making its houses some of the oldest in the city dating from the 1860’s. The earliest immigrants were European factory workers. Over time, this area became more blue-collard and working class until its recent gentrification.

I have come to the part of my journey where I can pour for you in a tasting room so you can enjoy the fruits of my labor (no pun intended). So you can say to your friends and family “Hey, have you tried those Passaggio Wines? I know of a tasting room where you can find them. You are going to love them…”

I hope to see you at the tasting room. You can find me topping barrels, running wine analysis, or just sitting quietly on the beautiful leather sofa in the tasting room area.

You can find DogPatch Wine Works at 2455 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.

The hours are: Thursday: 4pm – 8pm
Friday: 4pm – 8pm
Saturday: 12pm – 7pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm


Cynthia Cosco

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A Stainless Christmas In July

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Is that all stainless…?  I get that question a lot about my wines.  Passaggio Unoaked Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Rosé are all fermented and aged in stainless tanks.  They do not go through malolactic fermentation which gives these wines a nice crispness that pairs well with food.  I also love to ferment the wines in different vessels, with different yeasts. They are left on the lees and stirred often.  I feel this adds a nice complexity to the wines.  The wines are then blended and cold/heat stabilized.

I was very excited to unwrap my new stainless drums and my new stainless tank.  It felt like Christmas in July.  If you would like a tour and tasting of Passaggio Wines just send an email to – it’s a pretty cool place – check it out Dogpatch Wine Works

Hope to see you there!

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Got Any Grapes…?

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If you haven’t tasted any of the Passaggio Wines now is your chance.  Join me in downtown Napa on July 11th, 2012, 6-8pm for a flight of Passaggio Wines.  1313 Main will be pouring the 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and the Rose Colored Glasses.  All three perfect for these warm summer days…perfect with light foods and great company of friends.

I do have a few t-shirts to give away…get there early!!

Hope to see you there…

Follow Your Passion

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