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Field Blends Connects Travelers to Wine, Community, and Sustainability

Maryam Ahmed’s vision to empower people to experience wine travel differently shined a spotlight on Columbia Valley, Washington’s Walla Walla wine region. by Maryam Ahmed   Powered by my business, Maryam + Company, Field Blends is a five-day immersive food and wine travel experience that connects the Epicurious to the local community and land. It …

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LatinX Wine Summit heads to Napa Valley for its 2nd year

The LatinX Wine Summit is creating a space to acknowledge the contributions and celebrate the accomplishments of Hispanics in Wine. Written by Roberto Rivera   Last year, during Hispanic Heritage Month, Hispanics in Wine and Uncorked & Cultured debuted The LatinX State of the Wine Industry Summit hosted by Gabriela Fernandez of KVON’s The Big …

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Wine + Culture Fest: Roses, Rosé, and Rewards

Black wine professionals across the country received their roses at the Wine + Culture Fest. Written by Lauren Clark   The 2022 Wine and Culture Fest came to Atlanta, Georgia in August.  The event is run by The Hue Society, founded by change agent and sommelier Tahiirah Habibi in 2017, as part of an initiative …

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Taco Tuesday: Best Wines to Pair with Vegan Tacos

No more cervezas with your tacos, here’s an easy vegan recipe paired with wine. Written by Monique Copeland   IT’S TACO TUESDAY!! So, where to begin? We all know, that wine goes with everything right? Friends, family, brunch, dinner, and celebrations – just about any and every occasion. But wine is best served with moments …

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Stella Rosa: Yay or Nay?

Growing your palate beyond California’s favorite brand Written by Alana Bynes-Richardson Artwork by Cindy Nguyen   Stella Rosa, either you love it or hate it… There’s been an ongoing online debate in the wine community questioning if Stella Rosa is “real” wine. Whether you’re a novice or wine connoisseur, you like what you like – …

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Packaged with a Taste of Soul: Top 9 Black-Owned Wine Shops in the U.S.

Top 9 Black-Owned Wine Shops in the U.S. Written by Alexis Collins Artwork by Cindy Nguyen   We’re raising a toast to African American contributors in wine by spotlighting some outstanding Black-owned wine shops and providing a destination to foster the community of Black entrepreneurs in the 3-tier wine distribution chain. Whether you’re a wine …

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South Africa’s Wine Arc Honors the Past and Future of Black Winemakers

Stellenbosch’s first tasting room featuring Black-owned wine brands Written by Jennifer White   Meet the team at The Wine Arc, Capetown’s newest tasting room featuring Black-owned wine from South African winemakers. (Photo courtesy of SA Wine Industry Transformation Unit) Finally… A beautiful, modern, public tasting room in Cape Town, South Africa that honors and celebrates …

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Blaxit Tribe: Black & Living Abroad

Living the Expat Life with Faye Tillery Written by Alexis Collins Artwork by Cindy Nguyen   The worldwide grassroots movement that arose last summer in defiance of systemic racism and police brutality, nurtured the concentration of Black innovation and Black Americans exiting America to move abroad. In the early 1900s, Marcus Garvey urged African Americans to embrace their …

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Black Men Working in Wine: The Unconscious Bias in the U.S. Wine Industry

Overcoming obstacles as a Black male in a white-dominated marketplace Written by Alana Bynes-Richardson   In the current climate, the lack of diversity is getting increasingly obvious in certain spaces; especially those that are seen as affluent or luxurious. The wine industry is definitely at the top of that list. Thankfully, today the boats of inclusion …

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Finding Black Joy in Napa: “Cultured” in America’s Renowned Wine Country

How to Experience Black Napa Valley Written by Dr. Monique Bell Photography by Lightspeed Films/Erin Malone   Napa Valley, California holds a storied place in the imaginations of wine connoisseurs and novices alike. The wine region’s lore is quintessentially “American,” with facets of pioneering, agrarian roots, can-do attitude, and innovation. As is the case with …

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Juneteenth, A New Way to Celebrate

Celebration, Elevation, and Reconciliation for Our Ancestors Written by Stacy Lloyd Artwork by Cindy Nguyen   Juneteenth: a celebration of liberation and African-Americans’ true freedom from enslavement in the United States. Now a federally-observed holiday, June 19th beckons us to take a bow to our ancestors. Freedom Day, as Juneteenth is also known, is a …

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The History and Impact of Black Winemakers in the United States

Understanding our Roots in America’s Wine Industry Written by Alexis Collins Artwork by Cindy Nguyen   Wine production is a lifelong passion that many winemakers enjoy. This wonderful undertaking allows people to strengthen their affinity to nature by growing plump grapes in the vineyard that will later be distilled into a bottle. Even so, the …

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