Winery owner Iris Rideau’s still available at two Solvang locations

Staff Report

The book signing and reading of “From White to Black: One Life Between Two Worlds,” a memoir of her life by local author Iris Rideau, scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, at Rideau Winery has been canceled for personal reasons. It will be rescheduled at a late date, according to Rideau.

Rideau, owner of the winery and vineyard that bears her name, spent 32 years in the insurance industry and also spent time on the California political scene, fighting for the rights of the underprivileged. The book is an intimate look into her life as a Creole woman born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1936, when Jim Crow was the law of the land, through her journey to become the first black woman to own her own winery and vineyard in United States.

Despite the cancellation, her book may still be purchased at Rideau Winery, at 1562 Alamo Pintado Road in Solvang, accessed on, or at The Book Loft, 1680 Mission Drive in Solvang.