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About Aunt Momo

About Aunt Momo

Mara Roche pouring wine at an outdoor tasting room table with glasses.

Who is Aunt Momo?

My name is Mara Roche, and I grew up in Sonoma, California on my parent’s cattle ranch. In 1982 my parents Joseph and Genevieve decided to plant grapes on their land which led to the launch of Roche Winery in 1987.

The nickname “Momo” came from my niece who couldn’t pronounce Mara and I loved it.

Most of my life has been involved with helping my mother with preparing the food for the events in the winery and when I graduated from college I took it up full-time. I’m blessed to not only live in the wine country but I am doubly blessed to be from the San Francisco Bay Area where the options for ingredients for recipes are never-ending.


Roche Family Winery

If you want to find out more about my family and our wines feel free to visit the winery’s website, Roche Winery & Vineyards

Our Winery on Bonness Road & Downtown Sonoma Tasting Rooms Open Daily

The Roche Family posing in an archway surrounded by vineyards

The Women Who Inspired Momo

A woman in a chef's hat and another older lady, both in blue shirts.

This is one of my favorite photos of my mother and Gram-gram together in the kitchen. Their kitchens were always filled with laughter, wonderful scents, and constant motion.

The blog portion of this website came about because I didn’t want their recipes and the lessons they taught me to disappear. Occasionally we update this site with their recipes and mine so you can enjoy the foods with your family.

Eat well, drink better, laugh loudly, and enjoy every sunrise!

xoxo Aunt Momo