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Mar 24, 2022

Wine Road Podcast Episode 146
Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery

Episode 146 | Craig Colagrossi, Owner & Winemaker Colagrossi Wines

We chat with Craig about his wine program focusing on Italian varietals and what’s new and upcoming at Colagrossi Wines on Artisan Alley in Windsor. Plus our Fast Five recipe from Jesse Malvesti of David Coffaro Wines.

Wine of the Day: Colagrossi 2021 Ribolla Gialla

Fast Five: Baked Salmon with Honey Mustard Glaze Paired with David Coffaro Wine

Podcast Sponsor: Ron Rubin Winery


0:52 Wine of the Day- Ribolla Gialla, an Italian varietal from the Friuli Region in Northeastern Italy. Simply delicious! Bethy Beth likes it too!

3:10 What’s new at the winery in the Colagrossi portfolio including a Sparkling Rosé di Sangiovese. (Wow!) Sparkling is so versatile and pairs with everything. In the pipeline is Aglianico, a red wine grape variety native to southern Italy and Montepulciano, a red grape grown widely in central Italy, both coming this summer. Also new is La Catola, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese.

7:22 Fast Five Recipe – Baked Salmon with Honey Mustard Glaze from Jesse Malvesti of David Coffaro Winery.

Stone Ground Dijon mustard
Fresh Tarragon leaves
Olive oil


Pre-heat oven to 375. Place salmon on a baking sheet. In a small bowl mix all other ingredients together. Spoon half the mixture over the salmon in an even layer. Place in oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and spoon the remaining mixture over the salmon and put back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes till done and fish flakes easily. That’s it! Pair with David Coffaro Dry Creek Pinot Noir.

10:30 Craig started blending seminars for customs to make their own blend of wine that they can take home. Colagrossi Zoom events are big fun. Check out upcoming events on the website.

13:52 Artisan Alley a beverage collective in Windsor has a two wineries, a cider maker, a distiller, and a brew pub. Third Friday a monthly event, from 5-8 pm, starting up again in April.

17:01 Lots going on in Windsor plan a visit to this dynamic area, The South West corner is the Beverage District.

18:01 Craig got started with winemaking working with Carole Shelton—an icon in the wine industry.

20:20 Hours at the winery are by appointment on weekends – but call or drop by if you are in the area.

21:15 Wineries are still taking reservations but most are allowing walk-ins if they have room, so stop by.  

22:33 Tastings with Craig usually include some barrel tasting too since the tasting room is in the barrel room.


Colagrossi Wines

David Coffaro Winery

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