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My Story

In 2004, I left a 15 year Law Enforcement career in Northern Virginia to pursue a passion for winemaking. I moved to California in 2004 and began working part time for Bevmo in Albany, CA.  Hal, a part time employee, 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 harvest 2004.  I was hired on full time, after harvest, as a wine chemist in the lab.  I was also able to study enology at Napa Valley College from 2004-2007. 

In 2007, I decided it was time to start making my own wine.  I had heard about a 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 their Lab Manager.  During my time with Crushpad I launched Passaggio Wines with fifty cases of Unoaked Chardonnay.

Crushpad moved to Napa in 2010, and I was promoted to winemaker and was responsible for their white wine program. In 2011, Crushpad moved to Sonoma.  2012, I left Crushpad to dedicate myself to building the Passaggio brand. In August 2014, I opened the Passaggio Wines Tasting Room in beautiful downtown Sonoma.

July 2016, I opened my own wine production facility, located at 22020 Carneros Vineyard Way Suite 2, Sonoma CA 95476. I am currently producing about 1700 cases. 

I love bringing peopel together. There's something magical when you get together with friends and family and share a glass of wine. 

This has been an awesome journey to say the least...I can't wait to see what happens next... 

Next chapter begins now! 

 

Cheers to my friends and family!!


Winemaker