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Ceja Vineyards

Navek Ceja
 
November 24, 2009 | Navek Ceja

In The Cellar with Armando Ceja: 2008 Carneros Pinot Noir

Armando Ceja of Ceja Vineyards takes a closer look at the developing Sonoma Carneros Pinot Noir. Finesse and elegance soon to be bottled!

 

Dalia Ceja
 
November 16, 2009 | Dalia Ceja

Spicy Camarones (Shrimp) by Dalia Ceja

Join Dalia Ceja as she makes her cooking debut! "Camarones a la Dalia" is an easy and succulent dish to prepare that is sure to impress all your guests. Pair this delicacy with Ceja Vineyards' Carneros Chardonnay and we promise you'll be the talk of the town!

 

Ariel Ceja
 
November 12, 2009 | Ariel Ceja

World's Oldest Bottle of Wine

Unearthed during excavation for building a house in a vineyard near the town of Speyer, Germany, it was inside one of two Roman stone sarcophaguses that were dug up. The bottle dates from approximately 325 A.D. and was found in 1867.

The greenish-yellow glass amphora has handles formed in the shape of dolphins. One of several bottles discovered, it is the only one with the contents still preserved.

The ancient liquid has much silty sediment. About two-thirds of the contents are a thicker, hazy mixture. This is most probably olive oil, which the Romans commonly used to "float" atop wine to preserve it from oxidation. Cork closures, although known to exist at the time, were quite uncommon. Their oil method of preservation was apparently effective enough to keep the wine from evaporation up to modern day.

The bottle is on permanent display, along with other wine antiquities, at the Historisches Museum der Pfalz (History Museum of the Pfalz), worth a visit if traveling near the area of Speyer, Germany.

Reprinted from www.winepros.org

Michael Wray
 
November 2, 2009 | Michael Wray

Mike's Guide to the World of Wine - Sparkling Wine

Sparkling wine - gotta love it. Michael Wray explains the three processes of making this bubbly beverage but focuses on the traditional "methode champenoise." Of course, talking about has his limits so Michael indulges the audience on proper opening techniques using a Pinot Noir Brut Reserve from Domain Chandon.

 

Ariel Ceja
 
October 29, 2009 | Ariel Ceja

Ceja Family Crest

 

A family crest, also known as a coat of arms, is the expression of a family's pride and aspirations; it is a graphical display of a family name history. While perusing the internet and doing research on the Ceja name, I found the Ceja family Crest in three styles as well as information on the origin of the Ceja name.

Purportedly, the Ceja name comes from Galicia in Northern Spain. This area has strong Celtic roots and in fact shares many Celtic traditions with Ireland and Scotland. The first reference to the Cejas was in 1387 in the small village of Friol, in the province of Lugo in Galicia. More references to the name were made in Brates near the Northern coast. There were several spellings of the name, and it was pronounced in the Galego language (Galician). Don Vasco Gomez das Seixas (Cejas) was a communal leader in those times, an important leader who oversaw several communities during his reign. Other spellings of Ceja are: Aceijas, Azexas, Aseixas, Acejas, Acexas, Azeixas, Sejas, Seixas and Xexas. The surname also spread to Portugal and to the Canary Islands where they were known as "Cejas,” "Seijas" or "Sejas."

Spain was a great sea power and one of their major ports was Vigo, on the western edge of Galicia. Most likely the first Cejas probably left from this port to the New World. Although it is not certain of the date that the name Ceja appeared in the New World, the earliest reference to a Ceja was in the mid 17th century in the state of Guanajuato in Mexico. Guanajuato borders the state of Michoacan where the Ceja family of Ceja Vineyards originated from before immigrating to the United States in the 1960s.

Time Posted: Oct 29, 2009 at 12:51 PM
Amelia Ceja
 
October 12, 2009 | Amelia Ceja

Filet Mignon and Roasted Potatoes by Amelia Ceja

Amelia Ceja prepares the ultimate comfort food - savory filet mignon and rich roasted potatoes! Paired with Ceja Vineyards' classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine and food pairing is not to be missed!

 

Amelia Ceja
 
October 1, 2009 | Amelia Ceja

Crostini with Roasted Bell Peppers by Amelia Ceja

President and executive chef Amelia Ceja prepares crostini with roasted bell peppers - a perfect appetizer or simple snack. It's paired here with Ceja Vineyards' Vino de Casa Red Blend.

 

Navek Ceja
 
September 28, 2009 | Navek Ceja

Popcorn with a Kick by Pedro Ceja

Pedro Ceja serves up popcorn Latin style! Who knew those little kernels could taste so good! Watching movies just got a whole lot better.

 

Michael Wray
 
September 25, 2009 | Michael Wray

Mike's Guide to the World of Wine - Decanting Wine

Michael Wray of Ceja Vineyards explains the intricacies of decanting a wine and why it's a wonderful tool that can enhance the wine experience.

 

Amelia Ceja
 
September 24, 2009 | Amelia Ceja

Lamb with Chimichurri Salsa by Amelia Ceja

Amelia Ceja cooks a zesty rack of lamb with her own version of Argentina's Chimichurri salsa. She'll show you how to make the chimichurri, prepare the lamb and a give you a few ideas for some finishing touches. Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is our wine of choice for this dish.