The Next Generation of Winemakers

Photo courtesy of NG: The Next Generation in Wine | Photo by Crystal Images

By Rely Pio Roda

GEV Magazine  joined the second-generation vintners of participating wineries of NG: The Next Generation in Wine for their 6th Annual Trade Tasting held yesterday at the Farmstead Restaurant in St. Helena, California in conjunction with the 2013 Premiere Napa Valley Week.

The Next Generation in Wine or NG was created in 2006 to bring together the next generation of Napa Valley family wineries and vineyards.  NG, originally 6 and now 18 wineries, has a non-profit status, an elected board, and a unified focus with collaborative wine marketing and wine education.

Among the wineries seen pouring at the event were the following:

  • Ahnfeldt Wines
  • Arkenstone
  • Bonded Winery #9
  • Broman  Cellars
  • Burgess Cellars
  • Ceja Vineyards
  • Charles Krug
  • Corley
  • Elizabeth Rose
  • Emblem
  • Frazier Winery
  • Fisher Vineyards
  • Hill Family Estate
  • Judd’s Hill
  • Long Meadow Ranch
  • Madonna Estate
  • Marston Vineyards
  • Michael Mondavi Estate
  • Monticello Vineyards
  • Pahlmeyer
  • Peju
  • Spelletich Cellars
  • Trefethen Vineyards
  • Viader
  • Vineyard 7 & 8
  • ZD Wines

It was a sold out event where more than 350 attendees from the wine purchasing trade, professional wine writers and bloggers, wine connoisseurs and collectors, wine club administrators, restaurateurs and of course, the media.  For more information about the organization, please visit their website

People are lining up and waiting for their turn to enter the "sold out" event.

Farmstead's food display

Judd, owner of Judd's Hill Winery, showing the wine he is pouring at the event.

Brother and sister together with their Mother, Delia Viader, runs Viader.

The attendees enjoyed sipping on the newly released wines of NG participating wineries.

Mr. Jack Sakazaki with his daughter, Michelle, from Japan. Jack is the President of the 90Plus Wine Club who has over 600 members majority of whom lives in Japan. A good subject to write in your magazine. I can set up an interview with him here in Napa anytime. Visit their website:

Liza Peju from PEJU pouring their current release at the event.

Amelia and Dalia Ceja from CEJA VINEYARDS. We ♥♥♥♥ them!

A native of Napa for over 22 years, Rely Pio Roda has established a name for himself locally because of his auction business experience and a combined 35 years of auctioneering service experience. Rely and his team have successfully raised funds for organizations like Napa Valley Opera House, Napa High School, Yountville Elementary School, Napa Emergency Women’s Services, Napa Valley Education Foundation, Napa Grape Growers Association, Queen of the Valley Hospital and Napa Humane Society to name a few. He is also a Director of the Benicia Chamber of Commerce and a Member of: National Auctioneers Association, Public Fleet Supervisors’ Association, Investment Recovery Association and San Francisco Mayor’s Sister City Committee for International Commerce and Cultural Exchange. Visit his website at