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The Art of Wine Making with Kyle Burke

A Black woman winemaker pursuing authenticity and inspiration through The Roots Fund, Naked Wines, and visual art. By Gerrard Roberts   Kyle Burke is an artist with fantastic style and undoubted grace. Supported by a village of family and mentors, she has continued to challenge herself to pursue avenues that are authentic and  inspired by …

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Experiencing Aslina Wines: Ntsiki Biyela’s U.S. Grand Tasting Tour

Traveling through eight states across North America, Aslina Wines pairs well with everything from traditional South African Braai to Vegan-Soul cuisine. Written by Sedale McCall   Just ahead of the wine world descending into Capetown for Cape Wine 2022, South African winemaker Ntsiki Biyela traveled across the United States to promote her collection of Aslina …

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Telling Our Stories: Wine Writers Symposium Seeking Representation

Curating an experience that’s inclusive and committed to long-term change. Written by Sedale McCall   Early in August, writers, editors, marketers, and more came together for the 2022 Wine Writers Symposium (WWS). Founded by Meadowood Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Vintners, the three-day event explores several themes related to contemporary wine writing and attracts …

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Bruno Almeida receives a Wine + Culture Award

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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Wine Influencers Creating their own paths

Three Women in Wine Creating Their Own Paths

Desiree Harrison-Brown, Meaghan Odum, and Jessica Yanez are using their unique voices to be the change we want to see in wine. Written by Sedale McCall   “I wanted to be a particular person that I saw in a restaurant. Dapper, Italian-cut suit, pointed-toe shoes, wonderful black serviette draped over his forearm, bottle held high. …

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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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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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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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