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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 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 chapter begins now!