Join the Wine Pairing Weekend blogging group as we support BIPOC Winemakers and Winery Owners! This article provides you with the details you need to participate and a preview of the articles we will be sharing.
Last year, our Wine Pairing Weekend (#winePW) group highlighted BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Winemakers and Winery owners for our February theme. We are returning to that topic here for February 2022, and I’d like to invite you to join us! Our event is on Saturday, February 12.
Our February theme coincides with the observance of Black History Month. In addition to learning about the historical contributions of African Americans, the increased focus on racial injustice and inequity have prompted many to also focus on supporting Black owned businesses. Our #winePW group is building on that concept, expanding to include any winemaker or winery owner that identifies as BIPOC.
BIPOC in Wine
Virtually every sector in America struggles with issues of racism and inequity. It doesn’t take a major leap to figure out that the wine business, with its association with wealth and privilege, has its share of issues.
One glimpses some of the challenges in this New York Times article, Black Wine Professionals Demand to be Seen.
Last year, I focused my February #winePW content on André Hueston Mack, owner of Maison Noir Wines and regarded as one of the top sommeliers in America. In addition to pairing his OPP (Other People’s Pinot) with Black-Eyed Peas with Collard Greens , we had a chance to interview André about his story and his wines.
In this clip below, he talks about race in the wine business.
André talks about the many times people were surprised about his various leadership roles in wine, and how he was motivated to move beyond that and succeed. You can catch the full interview with him here.
The February Theme
If you’re new to the #winePW group, each month we take up a topic related to food and wine pairing. Participating bloggers write an article and join in a live Twitter chat.
So the February plan is to pick up a bottle or two — or maybe a case — of wine from a winery that is either BIPOC owned and/or from a BIPOC winemaker.
Wine Pairing Weekend always includes food pairings with the featured wines. You can go in any direction you like for the food pairing, but I would encourage you to think about ways you might lift up BIPOC folks on the food side of the equation, too. Some ideas for consideration:
- Buy ingredients from a BIPOC owned business or a BIPOC maker.
- Order takeout from a BIPOC owned restaurant.
- Buy a cookbook from a BIPOC author and make a recipe.
- Learn about the amazing contributions of Black Americans to our food culture and cook a traditional dish.
- Cook a recipe from a BIPOC blogger, linking to their recipe post for the details. There’s a Black History Month roundup from Eat The Culture that could be one starting point.
Resources for finding BIPOC wines
Here are a few resources I have found for sourcing BIPOC wines to fit the them. Let me know if there are others I should add to this list!
- 23 Black Owned Wine Businesses in the US — list from Melanin is Life
- The Urban Grape, a Black owned wine shop here in Boston, has a collection of wines from BIPOC Producers.
- 11 BIPOC Owned Wine Brands from Well + Good
- 100+ Black Owned Wine Businesses to Support Now & Always — collection on the McBride Sisters website
Here are the titles my Wine Pairing Weekend colleagues and I will be sharing:
- Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm shares “Here’s to Longevity. Cheers!!”
- Culinary Adventures with Camilla is sharing “Cherry-Kissed Pairing: Maison Noir’s Horseshoes and Handgrenades + Steaks in a Cherry Pan Sauce”
- Linda from My Full Wine Glass shares “Back to Brown Estate – for Zin this time“
- Deanna from Wineivore pairs “Long Life Noodles + Longevity Chardonnay with a Unique Twist“
- Susannah from Avvinare features “a trio of delightful wines from Theopolis Vineyards“
- Gwendolyn from Wine Predator…Gwendolyn Alley shares “We Say “Kiwa’nan” to Kitá Wines with 3 Blends by Tara Gomez Paired with Soul Food” and “NFL Super Star Charles Woodson’s “Intercept” Pinot Noir Paired with Smoked Ham #winePW #BHM“
- Nicole from SommsTable is “Cooking to the Wine: Longevity Pinot Grigio with Crab Cakes“
- David from Cooking Chat will pair “Berbere Lentil Chili with Rosé from the McBride Sisters“
How to participate
There’s still time to join us for a #winePW focus on BIPOC winemakers and and winery owners! Here’s how to participate:
- Obtain one or more bottles of wine from a BIPOC winemaker and/or winery owner.
- Plan a food pairing or pairings to go with the wine.
- Let me know the title of your article about the wine and pairing by emailing me – david AT cookingchatfood.com.
- Post your article by 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, February 12. Include the links to the other participating bloggers in your article (I will provide the html code).
- Join us for a live Twitter chat at 11 a.m. Eastern / 8 a.m. Pacific on February 12, using the tag #winePW.
- Visit the other participating blogs, comment and share their posts!
- Use the #winePW hashtag when posting on social media about this event.