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Broadway Under the Stars

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Have you ever been to an outside theatre? What a wonderful venue watching a broadway musical under the stars in the historical Jack London State Park in Glenn Ellen, California.

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You are invited to enjoy one of the Transcendence Theatre’s “Broadway Under The Stars” evenings with me.

Are you ready to experience one of the most magical & breathtaking nights of your life? OH WHAT A NIGHT! will take you on a journey of music & dance throughout the ages that has inspired people to live life to the fullest.

Join us for a night filled with Broadway showstoppers, nostalgic standards, & modern twists on some of the world’s most uplifting & cherished songs.  This astounding evening is guaranteed to be a night that will take your enjoyment of life to new levels!

Passaggio Wines will be pouring at this event alongside MacLaren Wine Company. We are show casing our wines on Sunday, June 28th. We’ve arranged for Girl & The Fig to cater this event’s evening just for you. We start at 5:15 pm with a cheese course and wines. Dinner is at 6:00pm (yes, more wine!)and the show begins at 7:15pm.

I sure hope to see you there – what a night this will be!! Take a look at the website to see all you will be experiencing. Click on the link below to purchase your tickets.

Purchase your tickets here.

Hope to see you there!!

Cindy
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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)

Cheers!

The Sassy Kitchen

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Let it Breathe – VinoMax Wine Aerator

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Let it breathe!!!

These two triple VinoMax Aerators arrived at my house a few weeks back. I was asked to give them a try and write about my experience. I can truly say I was intrigued!

They both worked like a charm, although I preferred the handheld device over the one you actually place in the bottle. They both helped enhance the wine I was drinking for the evening. I would definitely the VinoMax Aerator. It’s also a great conversation piece to have when friends come over for dinner. And I love talking about wine!!

I am keeping the handheld VinoMax on the counter for those wines I think need to breathe. I don’t drink too many heavy reds but when I do this will be an awesome device to have. Check out their website.

Thanks so much for the opportunity VinoMax…

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Cheers!!

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Winemakers

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These are some of my thoughts on the Habits of Highly Effective Winemakers – I would love to hear some of yours!!

1) Keep a notebook – write it down: these days, when you say notebook, you could be talking about a couple of things.  A notebook to me is the one with paper in it.  A notebook to someone quite younger may be a Mac Pro.  Either one is great for keeping notes.  You may think you’ll remember something, but in my experience, I always forgot what I wanted so much to remember.

2) Taste, Taste, Taste – yeah, I know it’s a great job…but someone has to do it…LOL  Tasting the juice all the way through fermentation through aging is a must. (no pun intended)  Don’t be surprised when the winemaker comes to your house and asks for a beer…

3) Stay up on new research, new technology, and new equipment – Things change every day.  Modern technology is changing very quickly and we need to keep up with it.  We should never be afraid to try new things.

4) Never be afraid to ask –

5) Source great fruit –

6) Stay focused –

7) Have fun – I have always said that if the winemaker is not happy or always in a bad mood, they will not make good wine…

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Cheers!

Cindy Cosco
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Opening Day!

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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!!

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Gone too Long

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I feel like I’ve been gone forever from writing on my blog. I have been quite busy trying to get this new venture of mine going!!!

What a journey this has been. I started Passaggio Wines in 2007 with the release of my first 50 cases of Unoaked Chardonnay. I was on top of the world…and here I am today producing nearly 500 cases last year and ramping up for almost double that for harvest 2014. None of this would have been possible without the support from those who believed in me and drank lots of my wine 😉

Here’s a glimpse of what I have been working on…Coming Soon to the Sonoma Square – Passaggio Wines Tasting Room!! I can’t wait to see you there!

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Cheers

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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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