In every season of life, there comes a time. For something old to leave or get left behind, and something new to be loved and embraced. What once satiated us, no longer does and the bar continues to be raised.
When it comes to wine, I not only want to taste it and be thrilled by it, but I want the history and a story that hits home. Something that fills all of my senses while I enjoy it. Something that brings a genuine smile. So I meet this young lady named Cecilia at a Family Winemakers event. Wonderfully positive and has some pretty darn good wines. So I wanted to learn more. Who is she, how did she get here, what challenges has she been through? So here it is!
Cecilia was Born in Long Branch, New Jersey and went to school in Boston (that can’t be bad as MY family is from there as well). She graduated from Boston University in 2009 and went to work in the banking industry, Wells Fargo and through the wonderful world of corporate restructuring, she was let go. Bet more than a few of you out there can relate!
So she was going on a family ski trip to Tahoe with mom and dad and it turned out there was simply was no snow. So her dad, a physician and I think at this point, a visionary, decided to take a road trip to San Francisco instead. They decided on a short stopover in Napa. Well, they never made it to San Francisco, ended up in Sonoma County instead. That’s where the pivotal moment happened. They loved the wines they tasted, especially Dad. The terroir was amazing and the wines pleased him to no end.
So they identify a parcel with 26 acres in Petaluma. They go to check it out but mom just won’t get out of the car. It’s that “have you lost your mind?” moment which can also be “this was the best decision I ever made” moment. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between the two, much like blurred lines. They were only supposed to be there overnight. They never left and never made it to San Francisco. They checked out a few more vineyard properties but kept coming back to the magical 26 acres. Reminds me of 26 brix, right?
Then the moment of truth. The property was purchased and Cecilia was given the daunting opportunity of running the operations. With zero winery experience, but business savvy and IT experience , she breathed life into what has now become an incredible winery. Determination and hard work is what it took and this gal is not shy when it comes to putting in the effort to get the desired result. She is truly relentless.
How can we tell? Taste the wines, my friend. Start up with the 2014 Brisa Sauvignon Blanc blend. It’s really delightful. Blending with Muscat and Chardonnay and not oaking brings this wine full circle. Next up is the 2015 Tempranillo Dry Rose, which is delightful for that warm spring evening.
Moving on to the reds, we have the 2012 Tempranillo. I love this varietal as its Spain’s most noble grape – and for good reason. Once again, a ‘wow’ wine with great fruit and finish. Cecilia also makes a lovely 2011 Pinot Noir. You can certainly taste the terroir on this one! The recurring theme with her wines is the allegiance to staying true to the varietals used.
To find people with humility and an open mind, is rare. To find them talented and hardworking as well as genuine is even more rare. To find they make great wine is simply divine! To find Cecilia and her wines is a gift!