Consumers, especially millennials, are increasingly concerned about where their food and beverages come from, how they are made, and whether they’re produced in a responsible way. Wine is no exception. As the demand for organic food continues to increase, restaurants and retailers are also seeing demand for wine made through sustainable practices. My involvement with […]
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A Toast to … Phoebe, a 95-year-old woman who lives next door to me – who I only met about 3 weeks ago when I moved to Scottsdale, AZ. She could easily pass for a 75-year-old, with the youth and vigor surpassing some 40-year-olds I know. When I told her I was looking for a […]
Christine Villanueva PH.D has been named the new Chief Strategy and Brand Officer at Walton Isaacson, the branding and marketing powerhouse behind the strategy for the Marvel comics and Lexus Super Bowl ads. Walton Isaacson was ranked No.1 on Black Enterprise’s 100s list for advertising agencies in 2016 with $70 million in revenues and 150 employees. In […]
There’s a reason why Napa Valley can be so expensive. It all started with winning the Judgment of Paris in 1976 when Napa Valley wines were, for the first time, tasted blind against Cabernets and Chardonnays from France, and prevailed. Napa wine is our Burgundy and Bordeaux, our fine wine. And to spend $60 or […]
Ladies, start your engines… Melissa Harville-Lebron is the driving force behind this toast! She is the first African American woman to solely own a race team licensed by #Nascar. You read that right… Melissa Harville-Lebron, a 47-year-old single mother of three biological children as well as her siblings’ four kinds, has driven herself right into […]
While Napa Valley may not be the oldest wine-producing region in the world, it has rapidly ascended to the reputation of being the best. And while I’m not averse to jet setting across the Atlantic to Tuscany or Bordeaux for some quality vino, I truly love the wonderful wines we get from the ripe soils […]
Ntsiki Biyela, the first black female winemaker in South Africa. After working as a domestic, Ms. Biyela learned about an initiative to bring people of color into the wine industry. She applied and received a four-year scholarship to the renowned Stellenbosch University where she graduated with a degree in viticulture and oenology. Later Ntsiki was […]
1. Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 2. Stags’ Leap Winery The Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014 3. Shafer 2013 Hillside Select 4. Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2014 5. Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014 6. Silver Oak Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 […]
It has been 15 years since The California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance (CSWA) was formed and #CSWA just announced some amazing results for 2017: 1,099 Vineyards and 127 wineries are CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE 5 million cases produced — 74% of Total Statewide Case Production made in CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE Wineries What is sustainable wine? Winemakers take care with […]
I, like most people it seems, saw the movie #Black Panther. What incredible images it portrayed of strong women, like general #Okoye and #T’Challa’s brilliant sister #Princess Shuri. It made me think about the wonderful bold #Syrahs and #Cabernet Sauvignon that I love that come from the vineyards of South Africa. I wonder if the […]