5 Black-owned wine brands we love for Valentine’s Day
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- Published on February 10, 2023
- Last Updated May 15, 2023
- In Passport
Add some melanin to your Valentine’s Day by sipping on these wines from Black-owned brands.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and nothing makes ‘lover’s day’ complete like a nice glass of wine.
Whether you are sipping a bountiful Red with your significant other over a romantic dinner or sharing a sparkly Rosé with your best friends at a Galentine’s brunch, wine is always on the menu.
DeTour found some of the best Black-owned wines you should consider adding to your bar this Valentine’s Day or any other day.
If you are a Hip Hop lover and wine connoisseur, you’ll love Licataa owned by legendary rapper, Raekwon. The multi-platinum artist has created a new standard in luxury with Licataa sparkling red wine. Inspired by his love of Italian culture and cuisine, he sought out Cantine Ceci, a family-owned winery with 80 years of history to produce a rich, bold, sparkling red wine. The grapes are sourced from a vineyard in Northern Italy. Licataa is named after the Licata region in Sicily. The brand is domestically distributed by Legacy Wine & Spirits. Owned by Kelvin Young and Djuan Ditto, Legacy is Kentucky’s first Black-owned wine and spirits distributor.
Brown Estate is Napa Valley’s first Black-owned estate winery. Their 2020 Rosemary Zinfandel is a rich and smooth party for your tastebuds. It has dense notes of white flowers, jasmine, gardenia, and lily of the valley. Secondary notes of chocolate-covered maraschino cherry, toasted marshmallow, crème anglaise, and a hint of kirsch liqueur. Something sweet to share with your sweetie. If you are in the Napa area you can take a tour of the winery and even sample their many varietals.
Ebony Wine & Spirits are the first Black-owned wine brand in North Carolina. The wine is deeply rooted in African culture and tells the story of the diaspora through wine. Their Kinshasa blend is named after the capital city of Congo, where its owner, Camillya Masunda, is from. Kinshasa is a sparkling grape choice that has bright bouquets of orchard peach and mango fruits dancing with sweet, delightfully tropical fruit finishes.
Ole Orleans embodies the eclectic and eccentric characteristics that are synonymous with New Orleans. The Black-woman-owned brand boasts over 15 varieties and offers tastings and events at its location in Nola. The Vieux Carre is a Spanish Rose’, crisp, dry, and sexy! Lots of strawberries and red fruit on the palate and some floral hints on the nose. This wine includes hints of strawberries, citrus, melon, and flowers such as rose petals, along with crunchy green finishes.
For the non-drinkers that want to add a little razzle dazzle to their table, Sapiens is a great choice. Owner, Tolu Justine started the brand when she found herself “pretending to drink” to fit in with colleagues and friends. Their dealcoholized wine is a bold and smoky tempranillo. Justine uses a unique, low-temperature distillation process allowing her to preserve the antioxidants, tannins, and flavor, without adding any juices to the wines. All varieties are 0.0% ABV, halal-certified, vegan, gluten-free, and pregnancy-safe.
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