It’s International Wine Day! Our cocktail-savvy friend Shosh gave us a list of amazing Black-owned wine and champagne brands that we should be sipping. Enjoy a glass of lovely rose, or champagne knowing you are supporting some groundbreaking entrepreneurs in the wine and spirits space.
La Fête Rosé – La Fête Wine Co
Sparkling winemaker Sapere Aude sells sparkling rosé wine from napa valley. Wife and husband winemakers Pata and David Airaudi began making sparkling wines in Napa Valley in 2012. They blend classic Champagne traditions with West Coast ideology while paying attention to the delicacy and biodiversity of the environment as much as the subtlety and pop of the bubbles.
Theopolis Vineyards was established in 2003 by Theodora Lee, an attorney who also makes fine wines. She developed a taste for wine shortly after moving to San Francisco from Texas in 1987, largely as a result of the impact of the mentors at her legal firm, many of whom owned vineyards. Ms. Lee decided to start her own vineyard after enrolling in multiple viticulture courses at UC Davis. Situated in the famous Yorkville Highlands of the Anderson Valley in California, Theopolis Vineyards is a small-lot vineyard and hand-crafted winery. The AVA is a very elevated, inhospitable inner wine-growing region that is located along Highway 128 in southeast Mendocino County close to the boundary with Sonoma County. Robert Parker, a renowned wine critic who was founded in 2003, awarded Theopolis Vineyards wines a perfect score of 94 to 96 points in 2006, an outstanding result for the vintner’s first harvest.
Mouton Noir is a two-pronged venture that produces a line of t-shirts and Oregon wines. It was established by sommelier André Hueston Mack in 2007. The wines, which are referred to as exclusive and distinctive garage wines, were initially produced for some of the greatest restaurants in New York where Mack served as a sommelier, and are now offered everywhere. Clothing made by Mouton Noir is influenced by hip-hop, punk, and skateboarding cultures. Chaine des Rotisseurs conferred the honorary title of “Best Young Sommelier in America” upon Mack.
Brown Estates Brown Estate Vineyards is a winery in Napa Valley, California, United States. It produces zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and petite sirah varieties
Charles Woodson Wines. Charles Woodson brings the same passion and hard work to his wine as his once-in-a-lifetime football career.
LVE by John Legend Because we love a little music with our wine. LVE is “a unique series of rich, soulful, and complex notes inspired by true love, produced in collaboration with Napa Valley’s renowned Raymond Vineyards.
McBride Sisters is the largest Black-owned wine company in the United States. Cheers to this sparkling sisterhood! Cheers prices range from $20 – $75.