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September 9, 2013 | 8:13 AM

The Napa Sonoma Mexican-American Vintners Association (NS MAVA) was honored this past Wednesday for their contributions to the California wine industry kicking off the month that celebrates both the state’s wine and the national recognition of Hispanic Heritage.

The resolution was sponsored by State Senator Noreen Evans, Chair, Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry along with 26 senators and assembly members from across the state. Attending were fourteen Mexican-American family winemakers from Napa Valley and Sonoma County representing NS MAVA. And supporting the resolution were the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce from Napa and Sonoma counties.

Most winemakers being honored are natives of Michoacán, Mexico who came to California decades ago with hopes of earning the American Dream. Working through the ranks as farmworkers and vineyard operators, today they’ve come to realize that dream. In 2010 they were invited by the Governor of Michoacán to pour their wines at the Michoacán State Fair and together realized a common heritage and history that compelled them to form the NS MAVA. Today, NS MAVA winemakers share a camaraderie rich in history and perseverance to leverage their crafts in Mexico and the United States, and specifically California, where Mexican-Americans are one of the fastest growing wine consumer groups.

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