You've picked out a good Cabernet. What should you serve with it? Beans -- Mexican beans. That's what Amelia Morán Ceja would do. Ceja is the first Mexican-American woman to head a wine production company, Ceja Vineyards. "People never thought to pair wine with Mexican food until we came along," she says.
B. Hansen Amelia Ceja, with wines
Why beans? "Because they have the most perfect protein," she says, when eaten with accompaniments such as cheese and corn tortillas. In that way, they compare to meat, the usual Cabernet partner.
Ceja is used to making waves, with food or wine. Tiny, spunky and outspoken, she was picked by the Ceja family to head their business "because I was the best," she says. This put her on a level with the "middle-aged Northern European men" who dominate the wine industry. "It is very gratifying to me to have penetrated an industry that is not easily penetrated," she says.More »