Blacks in Wine

Wine Down LIVE: Traveling Vineyard Pajama Drama review

@iwinedaily was kind of enough to sponsor this week’s episode of #WineDownLIVE and I was pleasantly surprised by this tasty varietal!

Malvasia also called Malvazia is a white wine grape originating from Greece. It’s typically used to make a sweet variety of Madeira wine. If you love your moscato (and that’s ok) I encourage you to try this one! It’s very tasty😋 On the nose there are strong citrus notes and I even smelled a hint of floor but on the tongue it’s not citrusy at all. The acidity is low and the finish is short. Overall it’s a little sweeter than what I usually drink but I wouldn’t mind pulling this one out after dinner. What’s your favorite dessert wine? 💁🏾‍♀️🍷🥂✨

Rating: 8.5

Reigning Title: The Crowd Pleaser

Transition Wine: Y

Wine Down Live Recap: Buttercream Chardonnay

This week I reviewed another tasty varietal that caught me completely by surprise! You’ve got to catch up on this week’s show!

WINE: Buttercream Chardonnay

Location: Total Wine

Rating: 10

Pairing: popcorn or truffle fries

Have you tried this one? Did you love it? Talk wine to me friends!

10 things your winery needs to bring in more DIVERSITY

Hello winefriends!

This is a topic I felt so passionately about I needed to wait for the creativity to hit me for the best way to deliver what will be a fun but sensitive topic. I recently visited a vineyard here in Virginia (formerly Upper Shirley plantation) currently known as Upper Shirley Vineyards and received less than impressive service. This was my second time visiting the winery and both times I witnessed the manager (or maybe he was the owner) walk around to greet all the tables around us except ours.

My friend and I were the only people of color in the bar/restaurant area (there weren’t even any black employees). We were not greeted warmly like the guest around us at other tables and our waitress acted as if when we ordered our food and wine that it was no absolutely no rush. Basically— sis took an hour to bring us everything. Literally.

This annoyed me but instead of bothering to make a fuss— because sadly this is nothing new I thought I would ask the wine friends what are some things they look for in a good winery visit. I pray many wineries around the world read this and get their act together!

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Welcoming & Knowledgeable Staff

This was the #1 answer I received on the gram when I posted this question. Educate your staff to know the wines, the history, and details about the process. But more importantly make sure they are kind and love people. Wine is a connector of persons. Don’t let your staff ruin that.

Tour of the Property

Most people visiting the winery want to feel it inside and out. They don’t just want to taste the grapes. They want to see where they’re grown, touch the vines, and not just hear the history but feel apart of it. Take interest in making your space beautiful.

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Wine Shop

When tasters come to have a great experience we want to spend money! Have the wines readily available so we can take them back home to relive the experience. A cute little store with wine trinkets wouldn’t hurt either. 😉

Events & Entertainment

Create an experience around your wine! You make a Pinot and so do a million other people. What sets your Pinot apart? Change the way I experience your Pinot and I’ll buy it forever. 🥰

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Ship it… Ship it Good!

Purchasing your wine is one thing but not having to worry about how to get it back home is a whole other story. Bless your wine friends and make sure you can send the wine right to their door. This will also eliminate the decision process- now I can buy them all!

Great food for pairing

Do not have me try 10 different vintages with no menu in sight. The charcuterie is great but invest in a brick oven so I can soak up some of this wine with a good pizza. (shout out to Charles Krug for getting me right in Napa)

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Diversity In Staff

If you’re a winery owner and you’ve never read “Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria” you should read it. When your staff lacks diversity your customer base most likely will too. Who’s going to go back and invite a more diverse community to your space if there’s no diversity on your team? In this year 2019 not only is there no excuse but it’s sad.

Partnering with diverse influencers is another great way to shake up your customer base. Wine lovers come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Do better with diversity & inclusion.

Good Backstory

Teach your staff how to really tell your story. A good story is what will keep your tasters engaged and give them something to share when they go home. A good story = word of mouth. Then everyone will want to visit your winery!

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Cute Winery Dog

While I’ve yet to meet a winery dog I can call friend, I totally understood this response when it popped into the comments. Make sure she’s absolutely adorable and thinks people are adorable too!

Great Wine

Make sure your wine is at its best and ready to serve. The wine friends also requested healthy pours. Don’t be stingy.

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Experience is everything.

Your biggest focus should be how your customer is experiencing your wine + your brand. Put effort into making each customer feel special and your efforts in diversity & inclusion will go along way.

Cheers 🥂 to everyone getting right!

Sipping Joyously,

Shayla V

VinPop Snacks Review

Summer snacks are needed from the beach to the wine festivals and they can be nothing less than tasty! While I’m not a huge snacker my husband and I are big movie watchers so popcorn is always the first thing I grab when I’m looking for something to satisfy that movie food craving. I was so excited when my friends at VinPop shared this new snack with me!

Check out my latest review and find out which bag was my favorite from VinPop!

Then head on over to pick up your bag here!

Have you had VinPop before? What’s flavor is your favorite for summer? Let’s talk snacks in the comments!

Napa Valley Vlog: Charles Krug Winery

The power of social media is getting on Twitter one day, tweeting my little heart out when all of a sudden I get an inboxed message! Sonoma Wine Guy and I chat it up and I get invited to Charles Krug Winery. The oldest running winery in Napa. I’m delighted. I say yes and that I’ll be there soon. Here’s a look at what happened next!

National Wine Day

Winefriends! It’s #NationalWineDay and I’m so excited!!! Let’s kick off the celebration sharing our fave wines! Talk to me in the comments! Mine are listed below! 💁🏾‍♀️🍷✨

In honor of #NationalWineDay my top 8 at the moment (in no particular order):

1) @fantescawine King Richards Reserve Pinot Noir

2) @charleskrugwinery Malbec

3) @mcbridesisters Brut Rosé

4) @shoecrazywine Sweet Harmony

5) @marcusjohnson360 FLO Wines Red Blend

6) @vine_wine_club Exclusive White

7) @veuveclicquot Brut NV

8) @ruinart Blanc de blancs


Let me know your favorites so I can try them too!  

Where to buy Wines by Black Wine Makers

Winefriends!

A list has been put together for us by Marcee Jones and if you join the movement and buy one bottle each month from a Black Wine maker on the list it will take you through to December 2020! Check out the list below, join the movement, and SIP with us! #DiversityInWine #BlackInWine

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May, 2019 - Abbey Creek Vineyard & Winery, Bertony Faustin  – www.abbeycreekvineyard.com

June, 2019 -@Bakerfamilywines, @Dusty Baker  – www.bakerfamilywines.com

July 2019 - Bodkin Wines, Chris Christensen – www.bodkinwines.com

August 2019 - Brown Estate, David Brown – www.brownestate.com

September 2019 - Caldwell Vineyard (not Black owned, but winemaker is), @Marbue Marke – www.caldwellvineyard.com

October 2019 - @Charles Wine Company, @PaulCharles – www.charleswineco.com

November 2019 - Corner 103, @LLoyd Davis – www.corner103.com

December 2019 - Darjean Jones Wines, Dawna Darjean Jones– www.darjeanjoneswines.com

January 2020 - Frichette Winery, Shae Frichette– www.frichettewinery.com

February 2020 - Indigené Cellars, Raymond Smith – www.indigenecellars.com

March 2020 - J. Moss Wines, James Moss– www.jmosswines.com

April 2020 - L'Objet Wines, Dan Glover – www.lobjetwines.com

May 2020 - LOBO Wines (not Black owned, but winemaker is), Victoria Coleman – www.lobowines.com

June 2020 - Longevity Wines, Winery, @Phil Long – www.longevitywines.com

July 2020 - Maison Noir Wines, Andre Hueston Mack – www.maisonnoirwines.com

August 2020 - Okapi Wines, @Dan Johnson – www.okapiwines.com

September 2020 - Sip & Share Winery, Nicole Kearney – www.sipnsharewine.net

October 2020 - Theopolis Vineyards, Theodora Lee – www.theopolisvineyards.com

November 2020 - @Tymphany Wines, @Louis Jordan – www.tymphanywines.com

December 2020 - @VisionCellars, Mac McDonald – www.visioncellars.com

 

Happy Sipping!