These Black-Owned Wine Brands Are Making Stellar Bottles for Summer
Considering that so many people are still housebound this summer, your pad might just be the only local watering hole you’ve been frequenting for some time – which may actually be good news for winemakers. That said, there’s no better time to support black-owned wine brands, which are still vastly underrepresented, as the Association of African American Vintners reports that they make up just 0.5% wineries in the United States. Fortunately, many entrepreneurs aim to change the landscape.
With the ultimate goal of racial equality and anti-racism in mind, it’s become clearer than ever how important it is to shop and support black businesses, and there’s no reason so that this idea doesn’t extend to your liquor cellar or home bar. Whatever style of wine you’re typically looking for — red, white, rosé, or sparkling, including trendy natural varieties — you can find one made by a black-owned brand or winemaker. You just need to know where to find it.
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Ahead, find a handful of wine brands to try this summer (or any time of year, really), all of which have black wine experts or entrepreneurs at the helm.
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Black-Owned Wine Brand: McBride Sisters Collection
Although sisters Robin and Andrea McBride grew up 7,000 miles apart (one in Monterey, California and the other in Marlborough, New Zealand), each developed their own passion for wine. When they finally connected and realized their commonalities, the McBride Sisters collection was born, using the best varietals from both their worlds.
Black-Owned Wine Brand: ZAFA Wines
Burlington, Vermont-based winemaker Krista Scruggs uses no filtering, fining, additives, or pesticides in her naturally fermented wines and ciders.
Black-Owned Wine Brand: Theopolis Vineyards
Founded by Theodora R. Lee (who practices law when she’s not running her wine business), this Anderson Valley-based brand offers an award-winning Petite Sirah Rosé that’s perfect for summer sipping.
Black-Owned Wine Brand: Domaine Curry
You may know Ayesha Curry from her social media presence, her Cover Girl ads or her Food Network hosting duties, but she also co-owns the Domaine Curry wine company with her sister-in-law, Sydel, in partnership with John Schwartz. of Napa’s Thunderbolt. Currently, the brand’s Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon are available for purchase in packs.
Black-Owned Wine Brand: Love Cork Screw
During his experience as a gallery/event space owner in Chicago, Chishon Lampley has received accolades for his expertise in wine selection. It turned into a blog, and then eventually into her own brand, Love Cork Screw, which features seven varietals that you can even find at big box stores like Target and World Market.
Black-Owned Wine Brand: Maison Noir Wines
André Mack is a renowned sommelier and author, so naturally the next step was to create his own wines. With Maison Noir, he gives his personal touch to traditional Oregon wines.