Four generations ago my family embarked on a journey from Italy to America. Here they blended their heritage into their new surroundings, keeping the Italian winemaking traditions alive.
In 2004, I left a 15 year Law Enforcement career to pursue that passion and family tradition of winemaking. You will find my wines handcrafted with passion, rooted in my heritage, and made as part of my continual journey. I love watching each new year unfold as each harvest brings forth it's beauty that ends up in your glass.
In 2004 I began working part time for Bevmo in Albany, CA. Hal would come in on Saturday's to conduct store wine tastings. He also worked for Chateau St Jean and was able to get me a temp job for the harvest 2004. I was hired on full time after harvest as a wine chemist in the lab. I was able to take enology classes at Napa Valley College and soon was promoted to Wine Chemist II.
In 2007, I decided it was time to start making my own wine. I had heard about this custom crush facility in San Francisco called Crushpad. I attended their open house and while talking to the head winemaker as to what I wanted to do I was soon hired on as the Lab Manager. During my time with Crushpad I added Pinot Grigio, a Rosé , and Pinot Noir to the Passaggio brand.
Crushpad moved to Napa in 2010 and I was promoted to Winemaker. I was responsible for all the white wine making and lab as well. In 2011, Crushpad moved to Sonoma. I decided that it was time to dedicate myself to building my Passaggio brand, so in 2012, I moved my production to DogPatch Wine Works in San Francisco.
And now, I am very proud to present the opening of the Passaggio Wines Tasting Room in Sonoma where you can relax in a beautiful space and enjoy awesome wines while meeting some wonderful people. This has been an awesome journey to say the least...I can't wait to see what happens next...