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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!

Time Posted: Mar 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Dalia Ceja
 
January 3, 2012 | Dalia Ceja

Ceja in Yosemite!

A few weeks ago my mom and I took a quick trip to Yosemite for the Ahwahnee Vintners’ Holiday Tasting. It was quite an honor to be invited back considering that most of these legendary vintners have been coming for the past 20 years {can you blame them?!}. This place is a nature junkie’s heaven, with its vast array of hiking, waterfalls, biking, lakes, wildlife, breathtaking views and insanely gorgeous scenery.

The wine sessions took up the majority of our time {no complaint here!} but we did have a chance to escape into the forest and explore the park by foot. Despite the freezing chilly weather, it was instantly therapeautic, breathing in the clean and pure smells of pine and fresh rain. We were even lucky enough to see a bear in the middle of our trail, but in the midst of yanking out my camera my mom fled the scene in a yelling panic attack, poor thing {insert laughing here}. Love you mom!

P.s. I could go on for hours about this place but I will leave it up to you to see the beauty of Yosemite… Ole!

Time Posted: Jan 3, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Ariel Ceja
 
September 23, 2011 | Ariel Ceja

Napa Valley Harvest Update - White Wines (Repost from NapaVintners.com)

Update on the 2011 Harvest from the Napa Valley Vintners, featuring our very own Armando Ceja! Very informative and beautiful video. Enjoy!

The Napa Valley Vintners is the non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region.

 

Time Posted: Sep 23, 2011 at 4:29 PM
Navek Ceja
 
February 16, 2011 | Navek Ceja

A Look Back at the 2010 Chardonnay Harvest

Footage of the Ceja vineyard crew hard at work picking Chardonnay in the Carneros district of Napa for Ceja Vineyards' 2010 vintage.

 

Ariel Ceja
 
February 9, 2011 | Ariel Ceja

Beautiful Nighttime Harvest Pictures from Lianne Milton

Bay Area photographer Lianne Milton was gracious enough to allow us to post some photos she had taken from a nighttime harvest shot in October of 2009. Please enjoy! 


Night Harvest - Images by Lianne Milton

Navek Ceja
 
January 31, 2011 | Navek Ceja

In the Cellar Reviewing the 2010 Ceja Chardonnay Vintage with Wine-maker Armando Ceja

Join Armando Ceja, wine-maker and grape grower for Ceja Vineyards, in the cellar as he tastes our yet-to-be-released 2010 Ceja Vineyards Napa Carneros Chardonnay.

 

Time Posted: Jan 31, 2011 at 1:46 PM
Navek Ceja
 
October 22, 2010 | Navek Ceja

2010 Napa Carneros Chardonnay Harvest with Armando Ceja

In the early morning hours, winegrower and wine-maker Armando Ceja, takes a look back and reflects upon the latest growing season. Harvest is in full force in the background! Get ready for our 2010 Chardonnay!

 

Dalia Ceja
 
September 2, 2010 | Dalia Ceja

Making Pesto with Dalia Ceja: Part 2

Using the base pesto sauce she made in Part 1, Dalia Ceja creates three delectable dishes: sun-dried tomato and a bow-tie spicy cilantro pasta and Parmesan bruschetta. Dalia then pairs these tasty treats with Ceja Vineyards' Carneros Pinot Noir.

 

Dalia Ceja
 
September 2, 2010 | Dalia Ceja

Making Pesto with Dalia Ceja: Part 1

Dalia Ceja prepares homemade pesto in this episode. The flavors are savory and tangy. Ceja Vineyards Vino de Casa Red Blend is called upon to liven things up! 

 

Dalia Ceja
 
August 16, 2010 | Dalia Ceja

Rewriting the Rules…Beans and Ceja Wine Anyone?

Beans and wine you ask? Well, here at Ceja we get down and grub on the nontraditional food and wine pairings…and why not? Growing up in a Mexican household, beans, tortillas and rice have been a staple of ours since I can remember. They have also played a stereotypical role in American culture that have downgraded the authenticity of beans giving them a bastardized symbol of a poor mans Tex-Mex meal. I happen to think otherwise.

I have been cooking alongside my mom since I was a little girl. I remember standing on a stool next to the kitchen counter using both hands to stir the pot of arroz con 

leche or Mexican hot chocolate, as tantalizing smells of cinnamon and sweetness infiltrated our kitchen. From that moment on I knew that food would always play an integral role in my life where wine would slowly make its grand entrance down the road.

 

However, given that I come from a huge extended family, fiestas and gatherings were always a prominent excuse to bring the goods to the table: homemade tamales, chiles rellenos, sopes, enchiladas, salsas, flan and so much more. Funny enough, there was as much food on the table as there was wine. Yep, more wine than beer or margaritas.

Now, when it comes to pairing wine with Mexican food, the most important rule to remember is to just drink and eat what you like! Although this rings true for many of us, there are some Mexican dishes that just plain taste better with certain wines. Here are some of my foolproof combinations that I absolutely love (all dishes are available under the recipes tab on our website).

*Mole Negro de Oaxaca paired with Ceja Syrah
*Salmon Ceviche paired with Ceja Pinot Noir
*Camarones a la Dalia paired with Ceja Chardonnay

Stay tuned for weekly mouthwatering recipes that will leave you begging for more…

¡Ole!

Dalia Ceja