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African American Vintners: Who Knew?

July 20, 2010 by  
Filed under food and drink, travel and culture

Did you know that there are African American winemakers (vintners) and they even have their own organization?  Now, as much as I enjoy a nice bottle glass of vino you would think I would be aware of such an illustrious organization.  The Root keeps me in the know with a great slide show that highlights African American vintners:

The Wine Institute says that 90 percent of American wine comes from California’s nearly 2,900 wineries and 4,600 grape wine growers. The Association of African American Vintners (AAAV) has seven members, and there are several other black winemakers, also covered in this photo slide show, who aren’t members. Black-owned restaurants, and wine bars that carry the award-winning vintages, include 1300 on Fillmore in San Francisco, Chicago’s Bin 36, Pican in Oakland, Calif., and Nectar Bar and Therapy Wine Bar in New York City.

Some featured African American vintners to look out for:

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  • WineMaven

    Yep!! And there are more and more everyday! I have had the opportunity to meet and feature some of their wines in my private and corporate educational wine tastings through the company The Perfect Glass, LLC in http://www.the-perfect-glass.com. Two of my favorites to use in our tastings is the Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from winemaker Mac McDonald at Vision Cellars in CA. He is really the pioneer of African American wine growers in the US and very nice man!