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Mission in a Bottle – Making an Impact through Wine

SOME OF THE MOST TALENTED WINEMAKERS IN THE COUNTRY ARE TEACHING US HOW TO GIVE AND RECEIVE LOVE AND MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT By Erin Ortiz   Few things unite the world, like wine. It transcends language, geography, and cultural differences and replaces them with joy, community, and love. Professional chefs and grandmas nationwide say …

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Tiquette Bramlett is Harvesting BIPOC Legacy in Willamette Valley

Oregon wine leader Tiquette Bramlett isn’t just making history for herself, she’s making history for the diverse world of wine drinkers.  By Sedale McCall   In 2021, just five years after moving to Oregon and starting her wine journey, Tiquette Bramlett became the first black woman to run a winery in a major US region. …

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Anything But Vinifera: Flipping the Script on Land Economics

It Takes a Village to Awaken a Community By Gerrard Roberts   How do you navigate a system that was developed without considering your community? The answer is you don’t. You must embrace your individualism and know that you are not required to play by the rules of the past. Through intentional collaboration, communities can …

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The Rise of Tinashe Nyamudoka and Kumusha Wines

A Journey of Passion, Community, Memory, and Association By Vanessa Charlot   Tinashe Nyamudoka, a young and ambitious entrepreneur from Zimbabwe, has made waves in the wine industry with this next chapter in his career, Kumusha Wines. This new venture has gained significant attention for Tinashe’s unique wine-making approach and his focus on sustainability. In …

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Who’s Still Doing the Work? Making Wine Inclusive Takes Commitment

Three years after the racial reckoning in 2020, these organizations are still committed to seeking more diversity in wine through scholarships and educational initiatives.   By Sedale McCall   “Do the Work.” It was a phrase that rose to prominence in 2020, as many industries looked at how diverse and inclusive they were and saw the …

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A Toast to the Tribe: A celebration of Tara Gomez

Tara Gomez is a Native American winemaker honoring her tribe through wine and continues to build a support system through love and passion. by Vanessa Charlot   “It takes a village.” A phrase reiterated by many around the world to highlight the importance of a support system. The support of a community is pivotal to …

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