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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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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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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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