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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

5 May

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I couldn’t help but get a bit giddy about Cinco de Mayo after one of my best babes, Christina, emailed me this deliciously colorful and edible Ole! churro. I mean, simply adorable right?

In honor of this festive day here’s my version of the ultimate Refreshing White Sangria (that I perfected a few years ago). Considering that I love both Sauvignon Blanc & Sangria I decided to combine the two and make the perfect festive cocktail! This cocktail is both energizing and beautiful, making me so excited for the summer season to begin. Ole!

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Dalia’s Refreshing White Sangria
Serves 6 people

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 6 slices of oranges
  • ½ cup of sliced white peaches
  • ½ cup of sliced apples
  • ½ cup of blackberries
  • ½ cup of raspberries
  • 1 cup club soda or Sprite
  • Ice

Directions:

Combine white wine, brandy, and sugar in a large pitcher, then stir in ice. Continue stirring until the sugar is dissolved, then add the lime, oranges, white peaches, apples, blackberries & raspberries. Lastly, stir in the club soda. Add ice as you need and enjoy sipping this refreshing beverage during a sizzling afternoon!

Besos,

Dalia x

 

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Ready To Sparkle?

10 Dec

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I only drink sparkling wine on two occasions. When I am in love and when I am not… -Coco Chanel

This time of year makes me giddy and excited for holiday parties, Tahoe getaways, ice-skating, cozy nights in and planning for NYE (can you believe 2014 is around the corner?). With so much to celebrate and be thankful for I’m elated to announce the release of our Late Disgorged Brut Sparkling Wine! Yes, it’s true I am a die-hard bubbles fan and never need a reason to POP a bottle of delicious bubbles. Ours is both creamy and toasty with a crisp lingering finish – simply perfection!

Click HERE to bring a little sparkle to your holidays. Ole!

P.s. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

Besos

Dalia xo

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La Casa Azul de Frida Kahlo

15 Nov

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you… -Frida Kahlo 

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{Frida Kahlo – Cover of French Vogue Magazine, 1939}

A few weeks ago my mom and I had the opportunity to travel to Mexico City to promote Ceja Vineyards at an international wine exhibition. As a travel aficionado, I was elated to visit the birthplace of the iconic Frida Kahlo. We jumped at the chance to visit her eclectic home and spent an afternoon catching a glimpse into her life. She lived, painted and eventually died at her home suitably called, La Casa Azul or The Blue House in Coyoacan.

Ever since I can remember, I have been intrigued and inspired by her work, her controversial lifestyle and complex marriage to Diego Rivera. Frida embodied a saint, muse, lover, mistress, bisexual, victim, and survivor. She was the very model of the bohemian artist: unique, rebellious, and contradictory. A cult figure adopted by feminists, artists, fashion designers and pop culture.

Here are a few of my favorite snapshots. Take a peek inside her incredible life…

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{La Casa Azul. Inside her home patio}

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{Self portrait of Frida found in her home in 2004}

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{Frida’s art studio desk and personal portrait mirror}

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{Taking it all in. So. Much. History.}

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{Frida’s colorful wardrobe – discovered in her home in 2004}

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{Self portrait, “Las Dos Fridas” – 1939}

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{Her amazing kitchen. My mom  and I were in complete awe}

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{Luscious gardens inside La Casa Azul}

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{Wedding portrait. Frida and Diego – 1931}

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{Framed photograph of Frida in her art studio – 1934}

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{Her bedroom & the place where she passed away. “I hope the exit is joyful — and I hope never to return — Frida.”}

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{One of my favorite paintings, “Viva La Vida” -1954}

 I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

Besos,

Dalia xo

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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words…

13 Jun

Viva Amelia

{Mi madre – Amelia Ceja}

If a picture is worth a thousand words then family is worth 10 million…

 I dedicate this post to my mom, Amelia Ceja. Today happens to be her birthday and in honor of her special day I want to take a moment to celebrate her achievements and recognize a very inspiring individual who has not only made an impact in my life but also in the thriving wine industry.

This past week proved to be very exciting! My mom, our family and our business, Ceja Vineyards, were featured on NBCs Today Show {watch the segment HERE}! The interview captured the essence of my mother’s voice, representing a Latina woman that went from ex-immigrant to vineyard worker, to winery owner. I am proud of what she and my entire family have accomplished. We are not perfect. We have our own challenges but as a family we make it work and want to leave behind a legacy that through hard work, sacrifice, passion and dedication, anything is possible.

Photographer, Norma Quintana, took these portraits of my family in 2005. We were honored to have been part of a photo series she shot, titled, Forget Me Not/No Me Olvides… Ole!

Viva Dalia

{Back in the day – age 20}

Viva Pablo y Pedro

{Sr. Pablo and dad Pedro Ceja}

Viva Juana

{My Abuelita – Mama Juanita}

Viva-Armando

{Uncle – Armando Ceja}

Viva Navek

{My bro, musician – Navek Ceja}

Viva Ariel

{My bro, salsero – Ariel Ceja}

Happy Birthday Mom! Te quiero muchisimo. xoxo

Besos,

 Dalia

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Pardon The Dust

29 Mar

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A little update…

Spring has sprung and so are a few changes here a The Ole! Report. Pardon the dust but let’s just call this a time of spring cleaning. This past year has proved to be both rewarding and challenging while juggling work,  getting my Masters (8 months to go!) and focusing on various passion projects. I want to thank all of my lovely followers for continuing this journey with me. You guys are awesome and make me smile (oh so BIG). Have a fabulous Easter weekend. Ole!

Besos,

Dalia x

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