Ceja Vineyards would like to thank everyone who participated in the Haiti relief fund wine special. Your commitment to helping is sincerely appreciated. We were overwhelmed with the positive response we received, and we are proud to announce Ceja Vineyards accrued over $1500 from wine sales and is rounding up the donation amount to $2,000.00 for the American Red Cross to aid Haitians afflicted by the earthquakes.
The goal of Ceja Vineyards is to continue to make a difference in the wine industry and beyond. With your help, we will continue to see improvements in the world, one step at a time.
Thank you again for your generous support!
What does a running club and a wine club have in common? C’est moi! As the Wine Club Manager here at Ceja Vineyards I spend a lot of my time talking with members, pouring wine, setting up appointments for tastings, and dealing with wine shipping logistics. But on the off hours I belong to another type of club, the Vinerunners here in Napa. Our motto is “a drinking club with a running problem” for a very good reason! Almost everyone in the club is connected to the wine industry in one way or another and very dedicated to it – we are in the Napa Valley after all – but we are also very dedicated to running. Often when I move to a new city I immediately begin searching the web for a running club, I know we will instantly have a commonality and there will undoubtedly be runners in my ability range, but here in Napa it is two-fold. Wine and running? What could be more perfect? For me, not much else. So the next time you are visiting Napa and if you have an inkling to go for a scenic run with some wine drinking running fools, come meet us on Thursdays at 6 pm or at 8:30 am on Saturdays at the Napa Running Company, 942 Main Street in downtown Napa.
Wendy Newman, Ceja Vineyards' wine club manager, explains the ins-and-outs of this fabulous familia. You can join the fun too! From festive fiestas to access to exclusive award winning wines, being a Casa Ceja wine club member is a must for any wine aficionado.
Amelia Ceja prepares one of Mexico's most traditional pre-Columbian soups - Pozole. This dish is made from nixtamalized cacahuazintle corn. Amelia adds chicken this time around but pork, turkey, pork rinds or even sardines can compliment this warm soup. Vegetarian and vegan versions also exist. Amelia chooses Ceja Vineyards' Vino de Casa Red Blend as the perfect wine pairing. Salud!
Liz Mazzei, winner of Ceja Vineyards' "Facebook Recipe Entry Contest", joins Dalia Ceja at the Ceja Vineyards' kitchen to present her winning dish of California Chicken Noodle Soup. The two gals cook and drink their way through this delicious presentation!
With 2009 drawing to a close and the holidays in full swing, there comes a time for gratitude and reflection. Stopping to think about my last 8 months here at Ceja Vineyards I realize how much knowledge I have gained, how many new friends I have made, and the good times that have been had. I have learned so much about food and wine it’s hard to know where to start. My very first week working here Amelia showed up with 60 fresh oysters from Hog Island, and I watched as she and Javier barbequed them to perfection (in front of the camera, of course), added a little Mexican flare, and then we all plopped them in our mouths with some Ceja Chardonnay to wash them down until our bellies were full. I had to pinch myself, is this really where I work? As the days passed on, I grew to realize that this was a way of life here at Ceja Vineyards. Not only was my wine knowledge growing on a daily basis, but I was also learning about cooking and pairing various foods with wine.
My significant other and family are delighted when I come home and use some of my freshly learned cooking tips and recipes. They look at me slyly and ask, “Did you learn this at work?” Some favorites so far have been the Cabernet Reduction Sauce that I lightly poured over a plump filet mignon and the Chardonnay Poached Pears for dessert paired with our Dulce Beso late harvest wine (you can find the recipes and videos on our website and Facebook page). I hope you have had a chance to try your hand at cooking some of the recipes that we have shared with you – and please let us know how it goes, we love to get feedback!
For all of you out there that I may have helped solve a shipment issue, fixed a credit card glitch, or, if I was lucky enough to actually spend some time in the tasting room with you and our lovely wines, I want to thank you for being a part of the Ceja vision and family. Assisting you and bringing these wonderful wines to your table is a great joy to me and I am honored to do so. Here’s looking forward to a fantastic New Year ahead of us, more amazing wines, great food, and lots of good friends!
~Wine Club Wendy
This recipe treat is just in time for the Holidays! There's nothing like Panettone french toast to spice up your breakfast table this year. Join Wendy Newman, Ceja Vineyards' wine club manager, as she prepares this festive dish.