There’s something about having a healthy pour of your favorite wine on a cool fall or winter evening. I myself, enjoy the depths of an aged French Malbec with firm tannins. Below you’ll find 3 Black owned wine shops from 3 different cities. All striving to support and educate their community on the wondrous world of wine.
Brooklyn, New York
Happy Cork was founded in 2019 by Sunshine Foss. Sunshine has a passion for highlighting quality brands that have been overlooked, her main focus is to support the community. According to a New York Times article, Happy Cork saw a significant increase in sales during the pandemic in 2020. There were also nationwide social justice and police brutality protests being held, which led to a high demand for Black-owned brands. Happy Cork has become a travel destination boutique shop for people to discover Black and minority owned wine and spirits. Check out their app where you can browse the collection, learn more about the wine and become part of supporting the community.
Sarah Pierre, with a background in food and beverage hospitality, founded 3 Parks Wine in 2013. 3 Parks has gained much recognition over the years for being that go-to wine shop for wine enthusiasts and also for those looking to expand their knowledge and palette. 3 Parks values education, they have wine tastings every week focusing on small organic, biodynamic and natural wine producers. 3 Parks also offers a mobile wine bar service. Book them for a wine pouring experience for any occasion!
RichWine was founded in 2019 by Virginia natives, Kristin Gardner Beal and Lance Lemon. They are an online boutique shop where you can become a member of their community, book them for an event or purchase some of their hand selected wines to be delivered straight to your door. Their goal is to provide sustainable, minimal intervention, organic produced wines. They also pride themselves on making wine accessible to people of all walks of life. It is their hope to diversify this industry and connect with wine lovers alike.
Now that you’re familiar with a few places to purchase a variety of wine. Check out the latest “Wine Etiquette” episodes on AspireTv. Wine educator and connoisseur Larissa Dubose will educate you on how to properly choose and taste your wine, learn wine verbiage and the many differences between wine varietals.