In 2004, I left a 15 year Law Enforcement career in Northern Virginia to pursue a passion for wine. What did that mean for me? I wasn't quite sure. 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. I also took some enology classes at Napa Valley College from 2004-2007.
In 2007, I decided I wanted to make 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.
As we all know COVID-19 hit in March of 2020. Shelter-in-place orders, businesses closed, and we had to come up with different ways to sell wine. Zoom became a huge way to virtually talk to our customers and wine delivery right to our customer doorstep became a reality. In July of 2020, I decided I may need to pivot the Passaggio Wines brand and started on a way to doing just that.
I was given the opportunity to move Passaggio Wines to Treasure Island, San Francisco, if I could make it happen. In August I was able to get out of my lease at the winery and the same in December for the tasting room. I moved everything to Treasure Island to start this next chapter. Actually, I think I'll call it season two.
I love bringing people 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 season begins now!
Cheers to my friends and family!!