A few months ago, I introduced you all to a good friend of mine, Cynthia Cosco--winemaker and lab assistant at Crushpad, San Francisco's famous custom crush facility. Well, a lot has happened since then! Crushpad is now a reality in Napa Valley, having moved their crush facility to a location on the Silverado Trail--complete with a vineyard. And as for Cindy, she's still with them and still making her own wine and yes, folks, she has done it again! Cindy is on a roll, having just released not one but two excellent wines I feel everyone should know about! There's a big buzz out there about her wines and I have a feeling the buzz is about to get bigger!
I recently received samples of the new releases. The first release is the 2009 Passaggio Wines New Generation Unoaked Chardonnay. Last year, I went on and on about how refreshing the 2008 release was and how I'd learned to embrace unoaked Chardonnay because of Cindy! Well, I am here to say that the 2009 was such a lovely surprise and the flavors this time are even bigger! So tropical and absolutely wonderful. Bursting with pineapple and guava goodness. She really has her finger on top of a formula I hope keeps evolving because it is truly wonderful! This wine is $16 a bottle. Worth every penny!
This year, she decided to surprise us with a new wine as well. The 2009 Passaggio Wines New Generation Pinot Grigio is a breath of fresh air! I'm not a big fan of Pinot Grigio. I tend to find them boring and uninspiring. This one is completely different. I enjoyed it from the first sip. Lemons, pears, crisp, refreshing! Way more flavorful than the traditional Pinot Grigios coming out of Italy. Just superb! $14.
With wines this nice and flavorful, Cindy's star is definitely on the rise! I hope to see many more wines being created in the coming years. Perhaps a Rosé or how about a Riesling? Maybe she'll even venture into making red wines! The possibilities would be endless! Let's hope so! So, where can you get these great wines? They are available through her website at passaggiowines.com. She also has them available at Crushpad if you were to pop in and visit. I know I'm a bit late in saying this but she does have a "Summertime Special" going on for the month of July! Save 20% when you purchase six or more bottles of Passaggio Wines. Now that's a deal!
I'm an Italian-born, American-bred walking encyclopedia of wine. Wine is my passion. People who know me find me interesting, funny, and knowledgable. A wine country enthusiast, I moved my life from Iowa to California and am enjoying educating the public about wine at one of the most historical wineries in Napa Valley! I'm here to keep it fun and help you enjoy wine as much as I do! I recently obtained my CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine) certification from the Society of Wine Educators and am diligently working towards my CWE (Certified Wine Educator) certification in the Fall of 2014.
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