Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The Universal Language of Food and Wine
Amelia Morán Ceja
President and CEO
The holiday season is here again, and our thoughts turn to feasting with family and friends. In the convivial spirit of food and wine, Dialogue brings you Amelia Ceja, President an CEO of Ceja Vineyards, to discuss her cross-border passions: wine, family and food.
Amelia’s family-owned business, Ceja Vineyards, is an ultra-premium winery founded in 1999 by Amelia, her husband, Pedro, and their family. Located in the Carneros region of Sonoma County, Ceja Vineyards is dedicated to sustainable agriculture in producing a diverse portfolio of award-winning varietal and blended wines from Napa and Sonoma estate-grown grapes.
Not surprisingly, food is another of Amelia’s passions. She began cooking on her own at age eight in the kitchen of her grandmother, who taught her about fresh ingredients and the flavors of Mexican cuisine. She has produced more than 140 video blogs demonstrating how to cook Mexican cuisine and pair it with wines.
Amelia grew up in Jalisco, Mexico and Napa Valley. Her parents immigrated to the United States in 1967 and settled in Napa Valley as vineyard workers. Twelve-year-old Amelia often worked right beside her mother picking grapes and tending the vines. After studying history and literature at UC San Diego, she returned to Napa Valley to take up her career in the wine business.
And what a career it is! Amelia and her Ceja wines have garnered many awards over the years. Notably, the California legislature recognized Amelia as “Woman of the Year” in 2005 for “breaking the glass ceiling in a very competitive business,” the first Mexican-American woman ever to be elected president of a winery.
Amelia knows how to give back, too. She and her family maintain community involvement through their leadership, volunteerism and fundraising. Amelia has lobbied in D.C. for legislation to improve farm worker safety and works to educate our youth about the importance of leaders like Cesar Chavez to the cause of farm workers. Local targets for fundraising include early education and healthcare access.
Please join us on November 13 to kick off the 2019 holiday season with Dialogue and Amelia Ceja, winemaker, leader, ceiling-breaker and chef extraordinaire.
Please join us from 7:30 am-9:00am on November 13, 2019
Early Bird Coffee at 7:15am
Breakfast and Networking at 7:30am
McInnis Golf Center
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