What We’re Reading: Rock and Vine by Chelsea Prince

We get lots of requests for reviews – wine, hooch, books and gadgets. We don’t have time to cover everything. But you really ought to pick up a copy of Rock and Vine: Next Generation Changemakers in America’s Wine Country, written and published by Chelsea Prince with Consulting Editor Christy Canterbury, Master of Wine.

Overlook the management consultant-inspired subtitle (I can say this because I used to be one those people, which is why I love the Marty Kaan character on Showtime’s House of Lies). Just dive right into the book. Filled with fabulous photography by Mary Steinbacher, Rock and Vine profiles 11 up-and-coming wine professionals, many descendants of California’s wine trailblazers, who are now making their own way in the wine industry.

Not just another coffee table tome, Rock and Vine gives you an inside look at these wine professionals with an easy-to-read, friendly approach. Much more than your standard bio on the winery’s “About Us” page, each profile feels more like you’re getting to know its subject through a friend-of-a-friend. And it’s always great to read about people we’ve actually met like Morgan Twain-Peterson and Dalia Ceja.

Morgan Twain-Peterson, of Bedrock Wine Co., son of "Sonoma's hippie-liberal godfather of Zinfandel, Joel Peterson.
Morgan Twain-Peterson, son of ‘Sonoma’s hippie-liberal godfather of Zinfandel,’ Ravenswood’s Joel Peterson.

All those profiled are 35 or younger, and include the offspring of Robert and Peter Mondavi, Joel Peterson, Mike Benziger and Don Sebastiani. But it isn’t just an All Boys Club. Rock and Vine includes an Introduction by Maggie Pramuk of Robert Biale Vineyards, and profiles Helen Turley’s niece Christina, of Turley Wine Cellars, Angelina Mondavi, one of four sisters making wines under the name Dark Matter, and a Q&A with Shannon Staglin of Staglin Family Vineyard. We’ve tasted wines from some of those profiled, but are looking forward to finding out more about the others’.

Dalia Ceja, 27, has stepped into a leading role in continuing the first Mexican-owned winery in Napa.

Rock and Vine also profiles Dalia Ceja, daughter of Amelia Ceja, one of the first Latina women to hold the position of winery president in the American wine industry.  Dalia’s grandparents marched with César Chávez for better wages for vineyard workers, and the Cejas bought their first property of 20 acres in 1982. Founded in 1999, Ceja Vineyards now includes 113 producing acres.

“America’s Wine Country” in the subtitle is not all-encompassing.  Rock and Vine focuses on wine industry professionals in Napa and Sonoma, those descending from the California legends and powerhouses. It leaves out other wine country pioneers in the states of Washington and Oregon. Missing from the under 35 group is Alison Sokol Blosser, Co-President of Sokol Blosser Winery in Oregon. Alison’s parents, Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol were among the pioneers of Oregon Pinot Noir.

RockandVineBookA portion of all profits from Rock and Vine sales will benefit Wine To Water, a non-profit organization focused on providing clean water to people in need around the world. Nearly one billion people in the world today lack access to adequate water and 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. Wine To Water is dedicated to countering the epidemic. The organization distributes water filters in Haiti, bio-sand filters in Uganda, and provides wells in Cambodia. Wine To Water has worked in Sri Lanka, South Africa, Ethiopia, Peru, India and Sudan.

For more information, or to buy a copy of the book, visit the Rock and Vine website, where you can download sample and learn more about the wines offered by the various wineries represented.


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Amy Corron Power View posts by Amy Corron Power

A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and legions of twitter, Instagram and Facebook friends and fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events. Amy is also a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, and was most recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude.
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