Dunne on Wine: California vintners see future in Mexico
By Mike Dunne, The Sacramento Bee - April 21, 2014
For the first time in 20 years, Amelia Moran Ceja is in Cabo San Lucas, the sunny resort settlement at the southern reaches of Mexico’s Baja peninsula. She’s finding that the town no longer is a dusty little fishing village as she marvels at the string of hotels, golf courses and restaurants along the 20 miles of beach stretching northeast along the Sea of Cortez to San Jose del Cabo.
TODAY Show: The American Dream - from migrant worker to wine maker (Video)
By NBCLatino - June 9, 2013
Amelia Ceja spoke to Today show’s Kristen Dahlgren about her journey from a small village in Mexico to California, where she discovered the love of winemaking and is living the American Dream. Watch the video.
Ceja family shares passion with new online cooking show
By L. Pierce Carson, Napa Valley Register - August 20, 2012
The Ceja family would like to change the way people eat. Parents and children alike in this wine-centric house believe it’s important for families to gather around the kitchen table, to take adequate time to enjoy a meal together, to share both highs and lows in one another’s lives.
Expect to Feel Like Family at This Vineyard (Accompanying Videos)
By MSN re:discover Insider Profiles - Summer 2011
Dalia Ceja often jokingly tells people, "I don't have blood in my veins, I have wine." Wine has certainly been a part of Ceja's life for as long as she can remember. As a little girl, the Napa-area native remembers playing amid the family vineyards alongside her brothers. In some ways, the 27-year-old still sees the vineyards as her personal playground.
Watch re:discover Napa segment featuring Dalia Ceja. Watch re:discover hot air balloon segment featuring Dalia Ceja.
Inside the White House Kitchen
By Risa Wyatt, Wine Enthusiast Magazine - Issue: March 2009
So... what's it really like inside the Obama White House? Amelia and Dalia Ceja of Ceja Vineyards in the Napa Valley had a look recently on a private, two-hour tour of the Executive Mansion. The visit was hosted by Daniel Shanks, the usher in charge of food and beverage at the White House since the Clinton administration in 1995.
Feast of the Senses
By Risa Wyatt, Photos by Victoria Yee, Wine Enthusiast Magazine - Issue: Best of Year 2007
There is probably no more compelling seasonal image than a festively decorated table groaning under an array of food and wine and ringed with upbeat revelers. The holidays typically take center stage for any gourmand worthy of the title; it’s an opportunity to bring family and friends together for a show-stopping array of special dishes and coveted sips from the cellar
Honorable Mention: The Ceja Family
By Nicole Gull, Inc. Magazine - January 2005
In 1967, a young couple named Pablo and Juanita Ceja left their small village in Michoacan, Mexico, for a new life in the United States. Like many migrants, they wound up in California's Napa Valley, where they found jobs picking grapes in the local vineyards.
Pickers to Vintners: A Mexican-American Saga
By Eric Asimov, New York Times - October 17, 2004
NAPA, Calif. - When Amelia Morán Ceja and her brother-in-law Armando Ceja look out at the vineyards around her house, they can also see the past, when their fathers traveled from Mexico to harvest fruit in stifling heat for meager wages. Ms. Ceja can still feel the grape juice on her hands, made raw from helping her father tend the vines in fields just like these.
Mexican matches: Napa's Ceja family shows that wine is a winning complement to the smoke and spice of south-of-the-border cuisine
By Carol Ness, The San Francisco Chronicle - May 1, 2003
Shrimp are marinating in cayenne and paprika. Serrano chiles are going under the knife for the sake of the guacamole. Longaniza sausage is giving up its fat in a frying pan. A feast of Mexican home cooking is in the works in the Ceja family's kitchen. And there's not a margarita nor Dos Equis in sight.
Braceros to vintners in a generation
By David Shaw, Los Angeles Times - February 5, 2003
Lunch begins with lightly smoked salmon. "You have to drink our 2000 Chardonnay with it. It comes from right out there." Amelia Moran Ceja is standing at the stove in the family kitchen, gesturing toward the vines 250 yards from her front door in the Carneros district of southern Napa.
American Dream: Cejas Release Wines Under Their Own Label
By Jeff Morgan, Wine Enthusiast Magazine - June 2002
Until she was 12 years old, Amelia Ceja lived in the small Mexican village of Las Flores—population 60—about 350 miles northwest of Mexico City. There was no electricity or running water. “We took our water from the river,” Ceja, now 46, recalls.
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Best wines for Mexican food
Photos By Erin Kunkel; Styling By Nissa Quanstrom, Sunet Magazine - October 2013
We're thrilled to have some of our favorite family recipes featured and photographed by Sunset Magazine. The recipes include our citrusy salmon ceviche, eggplant salsa, easy lamb birria and Mexican mussels with sausage, mushrooms, and chiles.
Yadegaran on wine: Pintos and pinot? Ole!
By Jessica Yadegaran, San Jose Mercury News - June 3, 2013
Dalia Ceja wants you to put down that Corona and reach for a Carneros chardonnay instead.
Ceja, the social media guru for her family's Napa winery, Ceja Vineyards, has made it her mission to shift the public's perception -- and our palates' inclinations -- when it comes to Mexican food and drink.
Dalia Ceja: Growing Up Amongst the Vines
Sonoma State University - Spring 2013
"You have to live your dreams and follow your passions," Dalia Ceja told me, on a recent sunny afternoon at her family's vineyard. A student of the EMBA program at Sonoma State University, she is truly living her dreams to the fullest.
Ceja Vineyards pairs pinot noir and seafood
By Nancy Hawks Miller, Napa Valley Rgister - November 21, 2011
For Amelia Morán Ceja, of Ceja Vineyards, food is love. Born in Las Flores, Jalisco, an agricultural village in Mexico, Ceja said her happiest memories go back to the kitchen on the family farm, helping her grandmother prepare meals.
Dalia Ceja: Finding her place in a family business
By Catherine Seda, Napa Valley Register - June 09, 2011
Dalia Ceja had a decision to make. After graduating from San Francisco State University in 2008 with a degree in marketing and communications, living and working in San Francisco, and then traveling to South America, Ceja had to decide whether and when she would join the family business.
A celebration of life at Ceja Vineyards in Carneros
By Annette Hanami, Napa Valley Insider Examiner - April 16, 2010
Arriving at Ceja Vineyards on a cool spring morning, one is struck by the impeccable landscaping – just one of many signs that the Cejas take pride in their work. Ceja was founded by Amelia and Pedro Ceja, Pedro’s brother and winemaker Armando Ceja, and his wife Martha.
2010: Year of the Woman in Wine
By The Tasting Panel Editorial Team - Issue: January-February 2010
As one of the few Latina women in wine in California, Amelia Ceja is determined to help shape the future of the consumer’s comprehension of—and abilities in—pairing food and wine. “I want to be thought of as being instrumental in breaking down the barriers of the mystification of wine,” says Amelia, who was appointed President of the Carneros-based winery when it was founded in 1999.
Food & Wine - Hidden, Affordable Napa Valley
By Tilar Mazzeo, Food & Wine - April 2009
My husband and I lived in Sonoma for six years. I loved our life, and I loved Sonoma, so much so that I wrote a travel guide to Sonoma’s small family wineries. Then, in 2007, my husband announced over dinner one night—and with heartbreaking appetite—that he wanted a divorce. I fled to New York for nine months, but I had to return to California because I had promised my publisher another travel guide, this one to the small family wineries of Napa.
Productores mexicanos de vino en California: una tarde inolvidable con Amelia Ceja y familia en Napa
Por Bernardo Mendez Lugo, Enlace Mexico Express - March 2009
Napa y Sonoma, California - El apellido Ceja se ha convertido en sinónimo de buen vino, no solo para los conocedores y catadores de vino en Estados Unidos sino a nivel mundial.
Wine for a Change
By Risa Wyatt, Wine Enthusiast Magazine - Issue: February 2009
In Washington DC, the Napa Valley is not just the toast of the town—wines from the acclaimed viticultural region delivered the first toasts to Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States.
Mural at Ceja illustrates juicy tale
By Jennifer Huffman, Napa Valley Register - January 30, 2009
A work of art depicting more than 8,000 years of viticultural history may not seem a likely fit on a 4-by-14 foot canvas, but that didn’t stop artist Maceo Montoya. Montoya was commissioned by Ceja Vineyards to create a mural of the history of winemaking, from 6,000 B.C. to today.
Amelia Morán Ceja: Award-winning winery rises from humble roots, perseverance
By Jeff Quackenbush, North Bay Business Journal - June 30, 2008
Passionate and fearless could equally describe Amelia Morán Ceja, president of small upscale wine producer Ceja Vineyards. The first Mexican-American woman to run a wine production company, Ms. Ceja is proud of her cultural and culinary heritage.
Vinum, cantus, amor - Ceja Vineyards' puts roots in downtown Napa
By L. Pierce Carson, Napa Valley Register - March 7, 2008
As far as the Cejas are concerned, it’s not only about wine. Their decision to locate an inviting, elegant tasting salon in downtown Napa came from a desire to provide the community with an opportunity to explore Latin culture through the arts, through cuisine, as well as through the family’s approach to winegrowing.
Napa wine family welcomes Cru Carneros for a festive lunch
By Sasha Paulsen, Napa Valley Register - October 31, 2006
“It’s one of my favorite dishes in the world,” Amelia Ceja declared as she surveyed the spread at the family winery’s new tasting headquarters in Carneros. There, on a perfect autumn afternoon, 24 young food and wine professionals were gathered around the outdoor kitchen where the Ceja family had set out all the fixings for tostadas in what one guest called “a serious spread.”
SonomaWino: Say You, Say Me, Ceja
By Daedalus Howell - July 5, 2006
Wine appreciation is simple to sum up for Amelia Morán Ceja. “You either like it or you don’t,” she says. “That should be your mantra.” Ceja is the dynamic, bright-eyed force of nature behind Ceja Vineyards, the family wine label she founded with her husband and brother- and sister-in-law in 1999.
Una Empresaria Con Manos Campesinas
Por Lucero Amador, La Opinión - Febrero 7, 2006
Adonde quiera que va, Amelia Morán-Ceja lleva muy en alto el nombre de su compañía. A ella no le interesa lucir adornos que la hagan ver como una gran ejecutiva, aunque lo es. En toda su ropa de trabajo tiene grabado el logotipo de Ceja Vineyards.
Vintage journey: Two farmworkers blended their dreams and families to become owners of a prestigious Napa-area winery
By Jim Wasserman, Sacramento Bee - January 8, 2006
NAPA - The afternoon sun hung low over the Ceja family's vineyards and beamed through the window of the tasting room, warming a hardwood table filled with Mexican food and wine produced by farmworkers who realized the unlikely dream of becoming owners.
The ‘Fearless’ Wines of Ceja
By Alan Goldfarb, Appellation America - August 29, 2005
She’s a five-foot tall colossus of whit, strength, enthusiasm and intelligence. But most of all, Amelia Morán Ceja possesses in her diminutive body, enough energy to power the electric grid of the entire Napa Valley.
Mexican American Winery: A conversation with Amelia Morán Ceja
By Alan Goldfarb, St. Helena Star - July 14, 2005
She's a five-foot tall colossus of wit, strength, enthusiasm and intelligence. But most of all, Amelia Morán Ceja possesses in her diminutive body enough energy to power the electric grid of the entire Napa Valley.
Ceja Vineyards: Nuestra Historia
Por Amelia Morán Ceja - Mayo 9, 2005
Napa (California) – El sueño de tener nuestra empresa de produccion de vino propio viñedo esuna realidad para mi familia mexicana de Napa. Ceja Vineyards se fundó en 1999 y en menos de cuatro años, se ha hecho un nombre por su calidad y compatibilidad con la comida mexicana e internacional. Yo fuí elegida primera mujer mexicana presidenta de un viñedo de la región de Napa y Sonoma.
Learning The Vintners Art From The Ground Up
By Roger Morris, DelawareOnline.com - October 20, 2004
Amelia Morán Ceja met her husband, Pedro Ceja, when both of them were Mexican-born teenagers whose families had immigrated to Napa Valley. As Hollywood might have it, both were working in the same vineyard as teens. Today, Amelia is president and chief ambassador for Ceja Vineyards, and Pedro and his winemaker brother, Armando, are co-owners.
Ceja honorary co-chair of 'Three Tenors' concert
By Jack Heeger, Napa Valley Register - June 7, 2004
Amelia Morán Ceja is a woman who is always on the move. When she's not on the road selling Ceja Vineyards wines, she's in her office doing the multitude of tasks that a winery executive must do. She's also a chef, preparing Mexican dishes for visiting dignitaries and for friends whom she frequently entertains at home.
On Wine | Cultural diversity comes to winemaking
By Deborah Scoblionkov, Philadelphia Inquirer - April 01, 2004
A generation ago, many Americans viewed wine as the purview of pompous white guys in tuxedos sipping claret from crystal glasses. The only ethnic market for wine was Italian immigrants. African Americans and Hispanics were invisible to the wine world.
Harvest 2002: As crush begins, workers dream of a Wine Country career
By Linda Murphy, San Francisco Chronicle - August 28, 2002
They come from Michoacan, Jalisco and Zacatecas, from tiny farming villages like Haro, Las Flores and Aguililla, where they grow corn, beans and fruit and get barely enough compensation to make ends meet.
A Winemaking Journey
By L. Pierce Carson, Napa Valley Register - May 1, 2002
It comes as no surprise that one of the newest entries in the local wine trade is Napa's Ceja family. Virtually raised in and around Napa Valley vineyards, brothers Armando and Pedro Ceja spent after-school hours and summer vacations learning how to graft grape varieties, prune vines and taking part in the harvest every fall.