Amelia Ceja: From farmworker to president of Ceja Vineyards
Bill Swindell's podcast, “Drinking Stories,” peels back the veneer of the wine, beer, spirits and cider industries.
In this episode, Bill speaks with Amelia Ceja, a Latina trailblazer in the North Coast wine industry. Her life has been the epitome of the American dream. She came from Mexico as a child and worked in celebrated Napa vineyards. She later joined her family's winery, Ceja Vineyards, doing various jobs that led up to her becoming president in 1999. She also is an expert on food, especially what wines to pair with Mexican cuisine.
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Business, Beer and Wine, The Press Democrat
In the North Coast, we are surrounded by hundreds of wineries along with some of the best breweries, cidermakers and distillers. These industries produce an abundance of drinks as well as good stories – and those are what I’m interested in writing. I also keep my eye on our growing cannabis industry and other agricultural crops, which have provided the backbone for our food-and-wine culture for generations.