While the Old World is famous for family vineyards that span centuries of success, America’s domestic wine industry found its legs mere decades ago. With significant help in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s from the likes of Robert Mondavi, Don Sebastiani, Mike Benziger, and Charlie Wagner, California wine came into its own. So what has happened now that the legendary originators of Napa and Sonoma have passed the torch?
Rock and Vine is a new coffee table book by Chelsea Prince that introduces Napa and Sonoma’s next generation of winemakers...
Of those featured, many have their parents and grandparents to thank for mentorship. Morgan Peterson-Twain, son of Ravenswood founder Joel Peterson, learned to make his first wine "Pinot Bambino" at 5 years old. Dalia Ceja has taken a cue from her mother Amelia Ceja (president of Ceja Vineyards, the first winery run by a Latina in Napa). And fourth-generation winemaker Angelina Mondavi still talks (and sips) wine every day at five o’clock with her grandfather, Peter Mondavi Sr. These are but a few.
Rock and Vine not only shares the compelling personal histories of eleven rising stars, but it does so in traditional coffee table book format, with beautiful, large-scale color photographs, bound in a very pretty, rich red hardback cover. The presentation alone makes it a terrific gift — perhaps for this Mother’s Day, or in tandem with a great bottle of wine for the next wedding that you attend.