February may be the shortest month (insert side-eye at history here), but we stan diversity, equality, and representation year-round on our shelves and in our store. We’re dedicated to expanding our offerings from producers of color around the globe, because we truly believe that wine and spirits should be produced by everyone for everyone.
We’re celebrating Black History Month with hearty cheers to the incredible Black producers we carry in-store and online. Vibrant, unique, and expertly crafted, you’re going to want to break out the good glasses for these beauties. Check out our full Black Producers Collection here, and read on for some highlights.
Founded in 1997, Fairvalley was established by the employees of Fairview Wine and Cheese Estate, with the support from South Africa’s most awarded winemaker, Charles Back. Made up of 42 families, Fairvalley Workers Association’s main goal is to empower the farmers in all aspects, while making delicious affordable wine.
B. Stuyvesant Champagne
Marvina Robinson’s love affair with Champagne began during her college days. She and her friends would often pool their limited funds to purchase a bottle from a local shop not far from her childhood home in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. They would toast and proudly sip out of their plastic cups. The cups may have changed, but Marvina’s love for the juice continued. After working in finance for some years, she launched the critically acclaimed B. Stuyvesant Champagne, becoming one of the first African American women to do so. In 2022, she opened a tasting room in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where she holds events and tastings.
Jack From Brooklyn
The story of Jack from Brooklyn is the story of Jackie Summers and his ancestors, both African and Indigenous. His grandparents emigrated to New York from Barbados in the 1920s and through his family, he learned of the rich heritage of sorrel, a traditional hibiscus and spice drink with roots in West Africa and the Caribbean. Years later, Jackie left a 25-year career in corporate America to bring this 500-year-old tradition to market. Despite not having a background as a food chemist, he was able to create the first-ever shelf stable version of this beverage. When Jack launched the micro-distillery JackFromBrooklyn in 2012, he was at the time, the only Black person in America with a license to make liquor. To date, he is the first known Black person to hold this license, post-prohibition.
Established as a partnership between Dwyane Wade and the Pahlmeyer family, Wade Cellars was born out of Dwyane Wade’s love for the great wines of Napa Valley. Dwyane established an eponymous wine brand that has since become synonymous with accessibility and diversity in the wine industry at large.