AUGUST 4, 2014, Napa, California: On the evening of September 11, 2014, a panel of wine industry trailblazers, including Amelia Morán Ceja, the first Mexican-American woman ever to be elected president of a winery; Herta Peju, co-founder of Peju Province Winery; and Delia Viader, owner and winemaker of Viader, will speak at “Women in Wine” to be held by the Napa|Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense (WWS) and hosted by Silver Oak Winery in Napa Valley. Adding a fresh perspective to the discussion will be these industry leaders’ next generation daughters, Dalia Ceja, Lisa Peju and Janet Viader, respectively, joining them on the panel. Steve Heimoff, former wine critic for Wine Enthusiast Magazine and current Director of Communications and Wine Education for Jackson Family Wines, will have the task of moderating this mother-daughter panel discussion.
This event will be held at Silver Oak Winery, in Oakville, California, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., which will be offering guests a 25% discount on wines purchased at the event. For 40 years, Silver Oak has been producing delicious and distinctive Cabernets from their Napa Valley and Alexander Valley wineries. Guests may enjoy a glass of wine along with appetizers created by Silver Oak’s Chef Dominic Orsini at the event’s reception in advance of the panelists’ main program.
During the event’s reception guests may also bid on several silent auction lots benefiting the WWS chapter’s annual scholarship fund drive which raised more than $10,000 last year. Some of the lots available for bid this year include luncheons at some of the panelists’ wineries along with private tours and tastings.
ABOUT AMELIA MORÁN CEJA: Long before the California legislature recognized Amelia Morán Ceja 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 was on the frontier of wine. The dynamo behind Ceja Vineyard’s more than 140 video blogs since 2009 on preparing Mexican cuisine and pairing it with wine, Amelia has introduced thousands to exciting flavor combinations they never dreamed of.
ABOUT DALIA CEJA: In 2011, Dalia Ceja was named “Woman of the Year” through the Napa Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for her entrepreneurial leadership and charitable contributions. In 2011, she launched her own blog and website titled, “The Ole! Report.” And in 2012, Dalia partnered with NakedWines.com to launch her first wine brand, “La Tapatia,” producing estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Napa Valley.
ABOUT HERTA PEJU: Thirty years ago, Herta (H.B.) Peju helped her husband Tony transform a 30-acre parcel of land into a Napa Valley jewel, Peju Family Estate Winery. Her handprints are everywhere, from Peju’s exquisite gardens, to its flagship wine, the H.B. Reserve, picked from the Rutherford Estate’s best fruit and named for her first two initials (Herta Behensky).
ABOUT LISA PEJU: The oldest daughter of Peju co-founders, Tony and H.B., Peju is always on the go, sometimes traveling to three different states during a week’s time to represent Peju Family Estate’s wines at winemaker dinners, trade and consumer events and meet with retailers.
ABOUT DELIA VIADER: Born in Argentina, owner and winemaker Delia Viader spent much of her formative years in Europe and especially in France. Delia came to the United States as a post-graduate student and earned both a Ph.D. and M.B.A. from top-rate universities. Delia soon set her sights on purchasing land in the Napa Valley and subsequently plunged into the wine business in the early 1980s. With an initial loan from her father, she acquired their Howell Mountain property and set out to create a world class wine estate. All while raising four children on her own, Delia forged the vision and design for this unique estate vineyard property, wine blend and brand.
ABOUT JANET VIADER: Janet Viader grew up in the Napa Valley on the vineyards of VIADER. In January 2007, Janet joined the family business to assist with national and international distribution, California restaurant placements, and direct-to-consumer sales and marketing. Janet is also one of the youngest board directors elected to represent the Napa Valley Vintners Association. She is also involved with “NG: The Next Generation in Wine,” a collaborative marketing group of second generation family winemakers.
ABOUT STEVE HEIMOFF: After 22 years at Wine Enthusiast Magazine, most of them as California Editor, Steve Heimoff recently joined Jackson Family Wines as Director, Wine Communications & Education. Previously, Heimoff wrote for Wine Spectator Magazine. Heimoff has written two books for University of California Press, “A Wine Journey along the Russian River,” and, “New Classic Winemakers of California: Conversations with Steve Heimoff.” In addition, his daily wine blog, steveheimoff.com, is one of the most widely read in the country.
Both members and non-members of WWS are invited to attend. Ticket prices range from $45 for early bird members through August 25th, to $70 for non-members and $25 for student members and young professionals (21 and over). Tickets may be purchased online at www.WWS-WomeninWine2014.Eventbrite.com.
Women for WineSense is a not-for-profit organization 501(c)6 formed in 1990 to help promote women working in the wine industry. WWS is committed to being the premiere wine organization offering outstanding education programs, member benefits, and networking opportunities to industry professionals and wine enthusiasts. The Napa/Sonoma Chapter currently has approximately 300 members of which 80% are professionals in the wine industry. To join or learn more about membership, please contact Ellen Reich Luchtel at [email protected] or visit the WWS chapter’s website: WWSNapaSonoma.com.