We have been celebrating African American history every February since 1926. It was started by Dr. Carter G Wooden as Negro History Week to encourage people to learn more about black history and celebrate the achievements made by black Americans. Then, in 1976, the week expanded into Black History month or National African American History Month. To celebrate this month, let us toast with the some wine made by African American vintners!
Esterlina Vineyards, Mendocino & Sonoma Counties, CA – Mario Sterling and his sons have been making wine for generations. They make an exceptional pinot noir and riesling that consistently earn high reviews. Give their 2009 Cole Ranch Riesling ($20) a try, you won’t regret it.
Sugarleaf Vineyards, Monticello, VA – In 2001, Jerry Bias was inspired to make his own wine. It is an award-winning boutique vineyard and their petit manning was even served at the White House in 2010. Be sure to check out their silver medal winning 2008 Sugarleaf Vineyards Cabernet Franc ($28).
Black Coyote Chateau, Napa, CA – Dr. Ernest A Bates, former neurologist, found refuge in his Napa property and decided he could create one of the first African American Wineries in the Valley. His 2005 Black Coyote Cabernet Sauvignon is one to try, winning a Double Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Also, be sure to look into the Association of African Americans Vintners (AAAV) and the members who make it up, including Sonoma’s Vision Cellars and Running Tigers Wine. Please share with us your favorite!