Grateful Gathering Virtual Tasting program designed for team building and client engagement

Today, Gracianna Winery in Sonoma County, California is excited to announce their newest service offering, an integrated virtual tasting called “Grateful Gathering”—for those desiring innovative approaches to virtual team building with work colleagues and clients.

Through relationships with corporate clients/members, Gracianna has tracked the need to join groups together to deepen distanced work connections and celebrate the things teams are thankful for. “The ability to connect with a client or gather work teams of 8 or more across many locations to engage outside of our stressful work environment is a severe corporate need! Our ‘Grateful Gathering’ online wine tasting is designed around the ease of virtual technology in order to deliver a fun and intimate Sonoma County wine tasting experience, while helping clients build and maintain satisfied clients and employees,” said Lisa Amador, Gracianna co-founder.

The program is designed for work teams to better collaborate by gathering around a relaxing wine tasting to celebrate a promotion, the landing of a big client, hitting sales targets, or just a way to reward those who suffer the stress of working apart all year. Or, break the ice with a new client by doing something fun in a non-selling environment.

Kerry Huffman, VP, Client Services of Labrador Systems, Inc., developer of a new generation of assistive robots, says “Keeping partners and clients happy is our goal. We are constantly on the lookout for new and innovative ways to delight and surprise them, trying to go beyond what they expect from a ‘standard’ business relationship. Our Gracianna Winery ‘Grateful Gatherings’ have been well received and paid off for this small CRM investment. Next we plan to award our own team members with the program.”

Additionally, families and friends can take advantage of the program to celebrate an engagement, anniversary, birthday, reunion or just get everyone together for an impromptu reunion for groups of 8 or more!

It’s very easy to get started: “Simply tell us how many tasting kits you need, where to send them, and when you want to hold the virtual tasting. We do the rest! We handle billing, shipping, and organizing. The tasting will be conducted by an expertly trained Grateful Gathering host and lasts about an hour,” adds Fernando Arellano, Gracianna Hospitality Manager.Each tasting kit arrives in safe, weather-appropriate packaging and contains four award-winning Gracianna Russian River Valley wines in 50ml glass bottles—a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel. Ground shipping is included and each kit is $75 which also includes the hour-long well-produced virtual tasting with a brand ambassador. (Tax will be added and summer weather shipping is extra when required for safe travel.)

Businesses or individuals wishing to host their own Grateful Gathering virtual tasting may do so at

Extending beyond the multitude of gold medals from wine competitions and honors from the wine press, Gracianna has recently been racking up hospitality accolades across multiple platforms, including Yelp, Tripadvisor and Airbnb. On Tripadvisor, Gracianna is a 2022 Travelers’ Choice Award Winner, placing it in the top 10% of attractions worldwide. This is a multi-year continuation of Gracianna’s hosting accolades. Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor says, “The Travelers’ Choice Awards recognize the best in tourism and hospitality, according to those who matter most: guests.”

Recently Yelp featured Gracianna— with a five-star overall rating—in the list of Top 10 Wineries in California, out of a field of 3,600 wineries in the state. And for six years running, Gracianna has been named an Airbnb SuperHost for their two spectacular properties, the Gracianna Estate Loft and the Sea Ranch Lodge & Bunkhouse.


Each Thanksgiving we reflect on what has been and what is to come. Welcome to 2021. It was better than 2020.

The theme for this year’s Thanksgiving letter is “Lucky and Grateful.”

And why luck? Although “luck” is defined as success or failures brought on by chance, we in the Gracianna family don’t subscribe to the notion of “chance”; we believe in the “make your own luck” principle.

Meaning…“luck” for us is something less about randomness and more to do with mindset and preparation. We think lucky people create their own luck by the keen pursuit of positioning—positioning to be in the right place at the right time—and being in the right mindset capable of identifying and seizing “lucky” looks—looks at opportunities and new possibilities. Of course, this mindset is directly linked to resilience, a base belief of the Gracianna ethos.

But why luck this year? Several reasons: something normal happened this year. We picked fruit and made wine after a series of unlucky events that would have sunk those less resilient. We also feel lucky for those that have come into our lives and stayed or those that came and could not stay—those we would have never met without divine intervention by the universe. Lucky for health and for a smooth year despite adversities all around us. Lucky for a team of dedicated wine professionals that make Gracianna thrive—from the winemaking team to the tasting room pros and everyone in finance and marketing. Lucky for five cute little grandchildren who are smart and intensely curious. We wish you to make some “lucky looks” in the year to come.

Which leads us to our favorite time of year where gratitude is on the minds of everyone at Thanksgiving. Our “Gratitude Godfather,” Bob Emmons, Professor Emeritus at UC Davis simply defines gratitude as an “affirmation of goodness.” Where we acknowledge that there are good things in our world—gifts and benefits that we’ve received.

Gratitude encourages us to recognize goodness in our lives.

The second part is figuring out where that goodness comes from. We recognize these good things as being outside of ourselves. Bob’s research tells us that true gratitude involves a humble dependence on others. We acknowledge that other people—or possibly even higher powers—have given us many gifts to help us realize the goodness in our lives.

Sometimes goodness can be easy to see—it is as simple as someone who has been good to us or good for us.

This is one of those times in life when we rely on others more than usual. The pandemic has driven us to depths of mental stress and depression never seen in our lifetime. Financially, it can be a stressful time. Health concerns for ourselves or our loved one cause us serious concern. Relationships can be tense.

In the end, shifting our mindset to creating lucky moments, acknowledging goodness in our lives and where that goodness comes from can be a recipe for pulling ourselves up and giving thanks.

That said, we appreciate you. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Trini & Lisa and the entire Gracianna team and family

Photo by Medallion Wine Club member Michael Estigoy

(Healdsburg, CA) Elliot deBruyn, Brooklyn-based cinematographer and documentary filmmaker lends his talents to Sonoma County winery, Gracianna, as he debuts his latest work as a short film, “Grateful.”  The upcoming film focuses on Gracianna Winery’s brand promise—“wines for those with something to be grateful for”—featuring the very best of Sonoma County’s environment and majesty.

Gracianna’s promotional film will premiere online on May 7th, 2021 kicking off the winery’s season as they once again open their tasting room to wine lovers.

The Amador Family believes in the message of gratitude so much that they have submitted the short into various film festivals including the Cannes Short Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Manhattan Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival.

deBruyn also shoots internationally having lived in China making documentaries, commercials, and branded content for global brands like AirBnB, Volvo, CNN, Apple, Google, the New York Times and many others. deBruyn said, “I loved the Gracianna project in Sonoma County. I have a deep connection to Westside Road (the Russian River Valley) and feel a calling to be there. Gracianna’s message of gratitude is an important one that resonates with me and my family.”

“Visitors emerging from the confines of the pandemic are excited to reconnect with loved ones, and are seeking out travel experiences that support this,” said Todd O’Leary, VP of Marketing and Communications with Sonoma County Tourism. “The story in Gracianna’s film, of a mother and daughter connecting through a series of lovely experiences is a wonderfully emotive example of how Life Opens Up in Sonoma County.”

View the film “Grateful” by visiting

About the Director:

Elliot deBruyn is a documentary and advertising director and Director of Photography based in New York City. From 2012-2019, deBruyn has lived and worked in China for various global clients including The New York Times, Nike, Airbnb, the International Red Cross and more. He is drawn to human interest documentary features, breaking news, travel advertising and non-profit film production, but has also worked on TVCs, corporate documentaries, short narrative films and music videos. deBruyn is bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and English and travels globally for projects.




(Healdsburg, CA) In recent years Sonoma County has been hit hard by multiple fires, floods, and now a pandemic. There are many that need help and for local first responders it is especially true – firefighters, hospital workers and those that are food insecure. To do its part in this time of need, Gracianna Winery is stepping up again: 100% of the profits of three special wine offers featured exclusively on Gracianna’s website will be donated to four Sonoma County non-profits involved in helping those in need. The offers can be found at:

“We are in the thick of it, and Gracianna has felt the effects of this shutdown,” said Gracianna Winery co-founder Ashley Amador. “We have kept our team employed and are open limited hours but we are still going. And while we keep going others are struggling. Our responsibility is to pitch in with the community to support affected people today, right now. It’s one of our core values to always help others when in need, and that’s especially relevant now as the four entities we selected to support have helped us and others tremendously.”

The wines offered are Gracianna’s core award-winners, brilliant Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel. Online buyers can buy 2- and 4-pack shipments and 100% of profits will be donated to these four important Sonoma County entities:  Forestville Fire Protection District, Healdsburg Fire Department, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and Redwood Empire Food Bank. Many familiar with Gracianna’s label recognize that the gift stands for all the things that our fans worldwide are grateful for.

“We are at a critical moment in time and the Redwood Empire Food Bank is committed to distributing food to those in Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, Lake, and Del Norte counties,” said Redwood Empire Food Bank CEO, David Goodman.

“We are first responders in this crisis, as we have been during floods and fires and public safety power shutdowns,” said Goodman. “Because of the support of our community, we run towards disasters, not away from them. We can’t do this alone.”

(Davis, CA/Healdsburg, CA) Americans are optimistic about what the future holds for them despite living in a global pandemic and grappling with worrisome financial, relationship, health and leadership concerns.

According to a new study conducted by UC Davis and Gracianna Winery of Sonoma County, people in the United States predict they will emerge from the Coronavirus crisis with more to be grateful for. The study aimed to investigate respondent’s feelings, thoughts, and attitudes regarding gratitude, now and in the future.

Over 56% of respondents reported being very grateful in general, whereas only 39% of people reported being very hopeful (the second highest-rated positive emotion after gratitude). Indeed, almost 30% more people reported being very grateful than the average positive emotion such as happy, thankful, and hopeful.

In an adjacent finding, 69% expect to feel very grateful in the future. In fact, their feelings about the future are more positive than negative, signaling that they expect to be less stressed and worried in the future.

“As stressful as the pandemic has been on all facets of our ‘typical’ lives, people can still see a future where they feel more grateful for those elements in their lives that they yearn for now,” Dr. Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at University of California, Davis, said in a statement. “The pandemic has reminded us all that our mental and physical health is a top driver of what allows us to appreciate everything else we cherish, our loves, our exercise, even the food we eat and the wine we drink.”

Referencing prior studies conducted after significant catastrophes, Philip Watkins of Eastern Washington University, renowned gratitude researcher and study collaborator says that, “in the face of crises and during troubling times people rely on positive feelings to cope, and they seem to turn to gratitude more than any other positive emotion.”

Researchers found three significant gratitude-related areas of perceived changes in the self during this period: that we “are more grateful for the positive aspects of our lives;” “have a greater understanding each day that we are alive;” and “have a better sense of what is important to me.”  Of all the positive emotions, gratitude was the strongest predictor of these changes, e.g., the more grateful people were, the more they reported these positive self-changes. This is important because people can increase their levels of gratitude with simple practices such as journaling, and gratitude then opens the door to seeing other positive life changes and personal growth.

Nationwide, however, worries linger even after life begins the long road back to normalcy after prolonged shelter-in-place orders. The new study reveals that 62% felt their self-confidence had not grown significantly while only a mere 17% reported having significant increased trust in their public institutions, researchers said.

Yet respondents overwhelmingly embraced gratitude as their most salient emotional state, with feelings of at least moderate gratitude endorsed by 75% of the sample. Indeed, even though people said they felt quite thankful at present, over 51% of respondents who had potential for gratitude growth said they expect to feel more gratitude in the future.

“This does not surprise us,” said Trini Amador, Sr., partner at study co-sponsor Gracianna Winery in Sonoma County, “since our wine is for those with something to be grateful for. We wanted to better understand exactly what it is that people most appreciate during these times. And do they anticipate feeling more to be thankful for in the future? We found that the answer is a resounding ‘yes!’”

Of the respondents that the UC Davis/Gracianna Winery study surveyed, gratitude was the strongest predictor of positive changes in the self. “It means that gratitude is playing a unique role as a core emotional feeling versus happy, sad, angry, etc. —gratitude is not just helping people feel good—it has a unique potential allowing people to see positive changes in themselves,” said lead researcher Emmons, “Being happy, optimistic, or hopeful are secondary predictors of growth whereas being grateful is the primary driver of this positive change.”

Watkins added, “Overall there is optimism for the future, even though we could see very rough times ahead.” Researchers found respondents seeing positive emotions ahead such as joy, hope and calm and feeling that all negative emotions will diminish even though 56% felt stressed and worried, 28% irritable and 28% felt disconnected from others.

“Being grateful,” Amador continued, “was strongly linked to beliefs that ‘access to food and drink has reminded me of the infrastructure that I depend on for my existence;’ ‘I take more time to appreciate food and wine;’ and that ‘I am finding drinking wine enhances other experiences more than it did before.’ This finding tells us something deep down clicked, that not only were we were reminded of the larger network we are a part of but how we must savor the everyday moments of grace when we are able to host a meal with family or friends.”

The study team will repeat the survey in six to nine months to measure the longer-term effects of the crises on emotional health. Emmons was pleased with the results.

“Considering the stress of working from home, home-schooling, online meetings, food deliveries and all the trappings of getting through a worldwide pandemic knowing that we are feeling grateful today and see more coming in the future is hopeful,” he said. “The study shows us that despite the worst, resilience reigns.”

The ability to understand that one can be grateful for three to four months from now is helpful to employers, retailers, public policy makers and even personal relationships, Emmons reveals. “We know that gratitude has a powerful impact on how heathy we feel, and now we learn that the capacity to envision a grateful future—regardless of current circumstances—may be a major reason why gratitude heals and energizes lives.”

The poll was conducted from May 10 to May 17, 2020 with 532 adults in the U.S.

Trini Amador, Sr., of Gracianna Winery summed it up by saying, “We know that living gratefully in the moment allows us to transcend even the worst of times and finding that individual inner peace is what our wines stand for.”

Gracianna Winery cannot stand by and watch without pitching in for American Healthcare Heroes! Inspired by the heroics of committed healthcare workers we are compelled to act to show them we are grateful for their devotion. You can help!

There are two ways to show your support:
  1. Random Act of Kindness: Don’t know a healthcare worker and want to do something kind? We will deliver your act of kindness to a random card-carrying doctor, nurse or front-line support staff in a hard-hit American hospital in New York, New Orleans, Washington, etc. and get it to them with your name (and contact information if you like) with all of our thanks.
  2. For a Healthcare Hero in your life. Honor a specific healthcare worker with your gift of gratitude. Simply give us their name, address, email address and phone number (for shipping) and we will handle the rest.

Three wine options:

2016 PINOT NOIR – Gold Medal Winner

  • Send 2 bottles $54 each and we match with 2 free ($108) $0 shipping plus tax.*
  • Send 4 bottles $54 each and we match with 4 free ($216) $0 shipping plus tax.*

Click HERE to order Pinot Noir (Use the Promotion Code GRATEFUL during checkout to match your gift.)

2016 ZINFANDEL – Guest Favorite Award Winner

  • Send 2 bottles $46 each and we match with 2 free ($92) $0 shipping plus tax.*
  • Send 4 bottles $46 each and we match with 4 free ($184) $0 shipping plus tax.*

Click HERE to order Zinfandel (Use the Promotion Code GRATEFUL during checkout to match your gift.)

2016 CHARDONNAY – Guest Favorite Award Winner

  • Send 2 bottles $36 each and we match with 2 free ($72) $0 shipping plus tax.*
  • Send 4 bottles $36 each and we match with 4 free ($144) $0 shipping plus tax.*

Click HERE to order Chardonnay (Use the Promotion Code GRATEFUL during checkout to match your gift.)

Gracianna wines have always been for those with something to grateful for.

* Limited time offer, while supplies last and we may substitute a vintage if necessary. Free shipping only in the continental US.

The Amador and Petersen ladies. We are so grateful for how our family pulled together to restore our estate after the floods this year. Now that things are back to normal, it’s a joy to celebrate together! 





Golden vines at golden hour.

Vino for breakfast? Don’t mind if we do.

Today, we’re grateful for our loyal guests like Debra, who share photos and stories of their visits with us here at Gracianna. What are you grateful for today?

????:@Debra Malk