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#ParlayThePandemic: A Taste of the Culture

Written by Alexis Collins Artwork by Cindy Nguyen As Black people, we have a unifying spirit of magic, gumption, and resourcefulness that is difficult to duplicate. During the pandemic, many Black entrepreneurs managed to thrive by modifying their standard routines in the absence of normalcy. Founder of the subscription service, A Taste of the Culture, Sean …

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Black Men Working in Wine: The Unconscious Bias

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 are …

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Famous Black Owned Wines

Our list of the top wines created by Black celebrities Written by Alana Bynes-Richardson & Serena Carter It is a common thing for celebrities to endorse their own brand, such as clothes, shoes, food seasonings, hard liquor and now wine. This is the new norm and a way for those celebrities and artists to remain …

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

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 the wine industry overall, Napa Valley as …

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Packaged with a Taste of Soul: 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 enthusiast or casual drinker, where you choose to spend …

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ParlayThePandemic: Black & Living Abroad

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 roots, tirelessly advocating for Black nationalism and pan-Africanism. …

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Sipping Sober: Enjoying the “Dry” Wine Life

Written by Monique Bell, @thewynebelle, www.moniquebell.com Artwork by Cindy Nguyen “It could be a tumor.” If you’re an eighties kid like me, this quote will bring to mind the 1990 film, “Kindergarten Cop,” where pre-California ‘Governator’ film star Arnold Schwarzenegger complains of having a headache and is counseled by his precocious young co-star. That five-word …

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

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 Black women in wine — the true, and literally, the backbone of the …

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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… With everyone having more time on their hands, there’s an online debate in the Black wine community questioning if Stella Rosa is “real” wine. Whether you’re a novice or wine connoisseur, …

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Taco Tuesday Vegan Wine Pairings

Written by Monique Copeland IT’S TACO TUESDAY!! So, where to begin? We all know, wine goes with everything right? Friends, family, brunch, dinner, and celebrations – just about any and every occasion. But wine is best served with moments of love, and sometimes love comes in the form of a quick and easy, fulfilling and …

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The History and Impact of Black Winemakers in the United States

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 transfer of winemaking or vineyard ownership was considered …

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Why an Entirely Wine Book Club is What You Need

Written by Miranda Durr Artwork by Cindy Nguyen Do you find yourself craving a deeper understanding of wine, searching for a community of other passionate individuals who love this ancient beverage? If so, you may be interested in Entirely Wine, a virtual book club dedicated to wine education. To join, simply sign up, purchase the book and …

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