Wine tasting at home just got better! I’m really excited about this next opportunity from the San Francisco Wine School. They’re hosting a virtual wine tasting and benefit called Sips with Soul that will highlight some of today’s top Black winemakers, winery owners and sommeliers. In an industry where melanin isn’t at the forefront, this type of exposure is so important for people to see. Let’s face it, not only are Black people huge consumers of wine, but they’re also creating, serving, marketing it…oh and (cough, cough) writing about it too. Black representation matters in the wine industry and I’m glad that these Black wine professionals are being given a platform to showcase their wine-derful talents.
Although, the event is this Friday, I still wanted to share this fun at-home experience with you. Here are the details:
Date: Friday, August 7
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. PST
What to Expect? This will be a live virtual event featuring some of the industry’s top wine professionals (like D’Lynn Proctor who you may remember from the Netflix documentary Somm or his recent work with the Netflix movie Uncorked and Carlton McCoy who was the first Black person hired to run a major winery, Heitz Cellars) who will walk attendees through a guided tasting of 12 remarkable wines. Some of the featured wines will include: Brown Estate, Maison Noire, and Theopolis Vineyards just to name a few. You may recall that I wrote about these wines in my For the Culture post earlier this year.
Cost: Last minute tickets with 12-wine tasting kits are available for $175. Pick-up is no charge and delivery is available in 43 states for an additional fee. Seeing how we’re already close to the event date, you might just want to consider the “web only” option for $85. Even if you don’t pre-order the wines, you can see the full list of featured wines and look into finding them at store near you. Regardless if you have the wines or not, this is a line of Black wine professionals and Black-owned wines that you won’t want to miss! Tickets can be purchased here.
Sip with a Cause: Sip with Soul is also raising money to benefit cultural education and civil rights.100% of event profits will benefit San Francisco’s Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD), the ACLU of Northern California, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
I’m looking forward to another fun at-home tasting this Friday. I told you before you don’t have to go out to enjoy wine. Wine is all about the experience, so check out Sip with Soul if you can. Until next time…glasses up!