Okay, I know the “wine season” is technically year round, but I’m here to say that we are officially in “wine. szn“!! Yes, there is a difference (read: summer), and I won’t explain myself further.
Either way, it’s obviously time to crack open a bottle of sparkling rosé and fill your filmstrip with photos from a low-key pool photoshoot. And while we love a boxed poolside wine that feeds a family of five, maybe it’s time to try something from a little bougier this year. (I mean we have to catch up latest year, right ?! Law?!)
Can I be bold enough to suggest a choice from one of these wine brands owned by A + Black? Each bottle on this list is super refreshing and pairs well with the scent of sunscreen and pool floats. Not to mention that some of these bottles were from big, huge celebrity names! * gasps forever *
Let me help you ring in the season of Sippin ‘™ (yes, I entirely created that phrase, you’re welcome) with some of the best black-owned wine brands to bring to your next BYOB.
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Love Cork Screw not only offers wine tastings, but each tasting is completely virtual, so you can participate and never have to put on a bra. Plus, this crisp apple and pear pinot is * perfect * for a hot summer day.
EUNICE CHIWESHE GOLDSTEIN
Each month, proceeds from the first winery owned by a black woman in Oregon are donated to a featured charity through #ObjectiveWine. You can also buy wines like Black Lives Matter Pinot Noir (pictured here), Pinot Noir for Parkinson’s disease, and Pandemic Relief Rosé.
McBride sister collection
Sisters Robin and Andrea lived 7,000 miles from each other, were finally united by their aunt in 1999 and bound by their love of wine. Today, their company is the largest brand of black-owned wine in the United States. @HBO please make it a docuseries !!
Theopolis Vineyards was founded by Theodora R. Lee, aka Theo-patra, “Queen of the Vineyards”. So this pinot noir is the perfect choice if you want to be sophisticated and elegant as hell.
The guilty grape
Twin sisters Nichelle and Nicole Nichols left their 9 to 5 years old and built The Guilty Grape as a pathway for minorities and women in the wine industry. Pssst, their Instagram worth following for any #winetent you will ever need.
First of all, this company is owned by Nicki Minaj and exclusively makes moscato and sangria, so you know now is the right time. Second, who doesn’t live (and die too) for a sweet moscato in the summer? Nobody, that’s who.
Love Drunk Rosé
Maison Noir is a lifestyle project that makes both wines and t-shirts, which is the only things you need to run. And after having sipped this rosé, you will feel a hundred beings drunk with love. No need to thank us!
Yes, Amour Genève wine is blue like the ocean on an influencer vacation! Yes, it’s also organic! With hints of peach, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits, you can easily pretend you’re in the Caribbean villa with Kylie.
Wines of Longevity
Blanc de Blanc Sparkling
Founded by Phil Long, the president of the Association of African American Vintners, Longevity sparkling wines are known to be suuuuuper sweet.
In the heart of Napa Valley, the Brown Estate label has been blessing us with wine since 1996. This fruity zinfandel has a hint of strawberry, raspberry candy and … toasted marshmallows?!?! Yes, I will absolutely take 12 bottles.
John Legend partnered with Raymond Vineyard of Napa Valley to create the LVE collection. John, tysm for bringing a whole new level of elegance to my bar cart in the form of this buttery chardonnay.
Rosé sparkling wine
Ever wanted to buy five perfect bottles of fine Italian wine for $ 99? The woman is gotchu. And this sparkling rosé has aromas of strawberry and raspberry that will make you want to live in a pool float forever, so …
Ole ‘Orleans Wines
Blanc du Bois
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