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Ceja Vineyards

Dalia Ceja
 
Dalia Ceja
 
June 18, 2013 | Dalia Ceja

Happy 100th Birthday To The Godfather of Wine!

Happy Birthday Robert Mondavi!

Today celebrates Robert Mondavi’s 100th Birthday! He was not only the father of America’s wine but he elevated the idea of American wine and food as something to be celebrated, shared and savored.

Our family had a personal relationship with Robert Mondavi when they immigrated from Mexico to Napa in the 1960s and began working in the Oakville Vineyard Management Co. We are following in his traditions in building our own legacy and we thank him for his generosity and leadership. Today we raise our wine glasses to you Robert! Ole!

Dalia Ceja
 
February 25, 2013 | Dalia Ceja

San Francisco Wine Competition!

We are thrilled to announce that our 2010 Carneros Chardonnay & 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon won GOLD at the San Francisco Wine Competition! 

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Silver Awards:
2009 Carneros Pinot Noir
2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
2010 Sonoma Coast Sauvignon Blanc
2008 Late Harvest "Dulce Beso" Dessert Wine

Dalia Ceja
 
January 24, 2013 | Dalia Ceja

Celebrity Spotting at Ceja Vineyards!

We LOVE our fans!

Blake Beaven, starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners MLB and his family stopped by our tasting room this afternoon! He loved our Cabernet & Sauvignon Blanc. Blake drinks Ceja wine... so should you!

Dalia Ceja
 
September 5, 2012 | Dalia Ceja

Ceja Vineyards 2012 Harvest!

Behind the scenes at Ceja Vineyards!

Day 1 harvesting our delicious Carneros Pinot Noir fruit! Stay tuned for more harvest updates!

Dalia Ceja
 
August 13, 2012 | Dalia Ceja

Harvest 2012 is Around the Corner!

Veraison is happening amigos! The change of color in our Pinot Noir grape berries is absolutely stunning! We can't wait to taste the sweet grapes next month. Stay tuned for more harvest updates - Ole!

Dalia Ceja
 
April 30, 2012 | Dalia Ceja

Sweet and Savory Fried Plantains

Let’s talk about snack foods. I am definitely one of those people who likes to be munching on something tasty a few times a day. I typically like to go the “healthier” route and nom on carrot sticks and hummus but once in a while Icrave something fried, something sweet and something salty. That’s where these puppies come into play. I first discovered my love for fried plantains during my backpacking trip to South America and became instantly addicted. There is also the spicy aji salsa, which adds a bit of acid, spice and creaminess to your palate.

Traditionally, fried plantains or {Tostones} are a favorite snack and side dish in Puerto Rico, Cuba and other Latin American countries. Tostones are salted and eaten much like potato chips or French fries but, in my opinion, are so much better. Trust me, you’ll get addicted! Ole!

Sweet and Savory Fried Plantains dipped in a spicy Aji Salsa

{Serves 4 people – Level Easy}

Ingredients for fried plantains:

3 large ripe plantains
Oil for frying
Salt/water mixture
Salt to taste after frying
Preparation:

Heat the oil to 375 degrees. While the oil is heating up, peel the green plantains and then cut them into 3/4 inch slices. Tip: Put the sliced plantains in a bowl of salt water for 5 minutes. This will make them crisp and golden brown when frying.

Fry the slices in the hot oil for 3 minutes. They should be a golden brown in color, crisp on the edges and semi-soft in the center. Remove the plantain slices with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

Ingredients for aji salsa:

1/2 head of romaine lettuce
3 jalapenos, fire roasted and deseeded
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3 green onions, coarsely chopped
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
2 garlic cloves
Juice from 2 limes
Salt and pepper to taste
Preparation:

Fire roast the 3 jalapeno chiles on a comal or griddle. Then, roughly chop the chiles, lettuce, garlic, cilantro & green onions. Add all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend for 3-4 minutes on a medium level. Lastly, add salt and pepper to taste. Serve the tostones on a platter and put the aji dipping sauce in a little container.

Tip: Pair the scrumptious appetizer with Ceja Chardonnay and enjoy!

Dalia Ceja
 
March 6, 2012 | Dalia Ceja

DREAMLAND Premiere

Experience the true California lifestyle!

Two weeks ago my mom and I attended the “Dreamland” movie screening in Sacramento {we attended the world premiere in London last November}. The film features essential elements of California’s lifestyle – cuisine, wine, music, entertainment and film. I’m particularly excited to share this post because my family and I had the unique opportunity to be selected as part of the cast and to represent a wine focused family living in the Napa Valley!

The plot - “DREAMLAND” tells the story of one day in California. Filmed simultaneously from dawn until dusk on November 19, 2010, it follows a remarkable ensemble of Californians who are pushing the bounds of the possible. On this one-day event, a dozen documentary film crews scattered across the Golden State – all working together to tell the story of one day in time by individually capturing unique stories of people and places.

The cast includes entrepreneurs, daredevils, entertainers, scientists, politicians, chefs and technologists who are all in California for the same reason: to make their dreams a reality. Each embodies an adventurous and innovative spirit that symbolizes California.

The film provides detailed snapshots of what makes California so desirable to travelers from around the world – I feel so lucky that I can call this place my home! The film was sponsored by Visit California and will air on PBS this fall and will also be shown on international T.V. channels. Stay tuned for more info! Ole!

Dalia Ceja
 
February 10, 2012 | Dalia Ceja

Running the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon!

My First Half Marathon!

I’ve definitely taken 2012 by storm and signed up to run my first {ever} half marathon in July! A few weeks ago we formed a Ceja Vineyards running team so there will be six of us running the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon and I must admit, I’m a bit intimidated. Nervous in fact, but excited to get fit and back on track. Let’s get something straight – I don’t consider myself to be a runner. I played soccer for years during middle school and high school but, come on, 13.1 miles. Ay dios mio! I’m learning that running is more than just a mental or physical endeavor. It’s knowing the right shoes to wear, when and what to eat, how to pace yourself and what music to listen to {among many other things}.

It’s also been helpful and encouraging that I have an enormously supportive group at Synergy {my local gym}. These girls {and guys} are not only motivating, but they are also turning out to be good friends who happen to kick ass! Yesterday’s workout marked day 12 of some intense training and let me tell you, I am SORE. Everywhere. It’s such a good feeling and makes me look forward to seeing where I’ll be in a few months. All I know is that I have to keep telling myself that I can and I will… and dammit, I will!

p.s. Does anyone have any good running advice? Please share, I would love to hear your experiences!

Dalia Ceja
 
January 24, 2012 | Dalia Ceja

Bocce Ball and Wine Anyone?

 

 

We can't wait for Spring!

A few years ago my dad, Pedro Ceja, became infatuated with the game of bocce ball and decided to build not one, but two bocce ball courts at our Ceja Vineyards headquarters in Carneros. It’s a fun and addicting game, especially when you put two highly competitive and energetic teams together. The only major rule {that we really enforce} is that you have to have a glass of {Ceja} wine in your hand when you play. Pretty simple, right?

Check out this video to see my dad explaining the bocce ball court construction process. Ole!