If you happen to be strolling in the beautiful Sonoma Plaza and wander a short way into the courtyard where Passaggio Wine has their tasting room you will happily discover some wonderful wines.
Spend a few minutes there and you will quickly notice that the person who designed the tasting room is very thoughtful and classy. Better yet, if you happen to be there on a day when the owner and winemaker (Cynthia Cosco) is there, you will meet a very lovely person...talk with her a while and you will discover why her wines are so good.
But honestly there is a more wonderful story behind her beginning. Originally, from northern Virginia Cynthia (Cindi) walked away from a career where she was just a few years short of having a fully paid pension. She decided to fulfill her dream of being a winemaker! If you go to the Passaggio website (http://www.passaggiowines.com/) you can read about her start and growth in the wine industry in Sonoma county. But when I spoke to her about what drove her to make that change she shared a very personal story...
Growing up, she always remembered how great the feeling was whenever anyone stopped into her grandfathers house...quickly people would move into the kitchen...food would come out and a bottle of wine would be opened and shared. She embraces the memory of the sense of hospitality she felt and wanted to always have.
With great honor and distinction this talented winemaker will be celebrating her 10th year of making wine and her 3rd year of having her tasting room open. This weekend (August 5th & 6th) there will a lot of celebrating at Passagio Wines.
*Passagio is a Charter Fermented Partner and part of our Fermented Passport program, if you would like to enjoy Passagio's special perks click link.