Gracianna’s founding partner Trini Amador III has written his account of the life of Gracianna Lasaga, which is inspired by true events. Gracianna’s value of gratitude motivated the current generation of Amadors to launch the wine brand and name it after her. Mr. Amador’s book, entitled Gracianna, is published by Greenleaf Book Group. It will make the perfect complement for Gracianna wine lovers who want to learn about the thrilling story of Gracianna’s struggle to get to America from occupied Paris during World War II.
“My great-grandmother was French-Basque. When I was young she used to talk a lot about being thankful. It seemed important to her that I remember this value as I grew older. One day when I was four years old we were alone in her home in Southern California – it was fifty years ago, she came from the kitchen into the living room and I was standing there holding a loaded German Luger. All these years later, little did I know the amazing surprises I would find when I began to dig deeper into her life. The research took me to the Pyrenees, Paris and eventually, and surprisingly, Auschwitz. Naturally this chilling story had to be told, and I’m proud to be able to offer it alongside the wine that bears her name.”
Praise for Gracianna: “Debut novelist Trini Amador sparkles as this riveting story unfolds. His characters are deeply endowed with vibrant features and flaws and his evocative descriptions allow readers to experience each environment as though they had been there themselves.
The story is carefully crafted, flowing smoothly and constantly, with impressive purpose and inspiration. More than a tale of good and evil, Gracianna is spun from convincing and memorable scenes and vivid personalities—a compelling and inspiring novel whose chronicle and characters will remain in the reader’s memory long after.”
— New York Journal of Books
“Gracianna is a riveting and remarkable narrative. The characters come alive through their unassuming but compelling stories, as Nazi-occupied Paris unfolds before our eyes. We come to care deeply about the characters, which makes putting down the book almost impossible. Highly recommended.”
— Stacey Katz Bourns, Director of Language Programs, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
“While wine is obviously a significant part of life’s enjoyment, the story behind the wine can be even more gratifying. You will be fixated on this thrilling story written by Trini Amador, which was inspired by Gracianna, his great-grandmother, the French Basque namesake of his family’s award-winning winery in Sonoma County.”
— Bob Cabral, Director of Winemaking & General Manager, Williams Selyem Winery
“Gracianna is an impressive debut historical fiction novel by Trini Amador! Set in Paris during World War II, readers will be easily swept up in the extraordinary story of Amador’s great-grandmother, Gracianna, and her fight to free her sister from the Nazis. Engrossing and well-written, I highly recommend you check out Gracianna!“
—Amy Bruno, Passages to the Past and HF Virtual Book Tours
“Gracianna is a gripping story about human courage and determination. This book truly deserves a movie because of the action and emotions in it. Trini Amador has done a fantastic job in bringing the story of his amazing grandmother to life. A must read for fiction and non-fiction lovers alike.”
— Felipe Korzenny, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication, Florida State University