For a long time, black people controlled distilleries and the alcohol industry. The fact that there are only a few black-owned alcohol businesses in the alcohol industry demonstrates how far we still have to go in ensuring diversity in this area. African American men and women who make beer, wine, and distilled alcohol are presenting their unique flavor by sharing their passion for making the perfect drink and educating their community. We discovered some fantastic options for individuals who enjoy a good glass of wine or beer while simultaneously supporting a black-owned company.
La Fête du Rosé
Nothing beats a glass of rosé. The aromas of dried fruit, hazelnut, and bonbons are followed by a tinge of cherry in this St. Tropez export. Donae Burston, the brand’s founder and CEO, has pushed the envelope in making a wine that appeals to a broad audience. Burston, a Baltimore native, is on a mission to transform the way we think about rosé and show how fantastic this dry wine can be. A crisp glass of French-style rosé is great for a daytime gathering, brunch, or a cool summer evening.
WONDRY Cocktail Wines
Chaz and Whitney Gates, the founders of WONDRY, believed that great wine should be enjoyed by everyone. WONDRY opposes exclusivity and urges people to try something new. Their wine is more approachable, bolder, sweeter, fruitier, fragrant, and well-balanced. Organic berries and exotic fruit extract are used in their fruit-forward, semi-sweet wines for a succulent, silky finish. “WONDRY Cocktail Wines” are available at Target and certain Total Wine locations in Dallas. Fruit-infused sangrias with higher alcohol content are available as well from WONDRY Cocktail Wines.
Jon Basil Tequila
Soft aromas of toasted agave, vanilla cream, tropical fruits, and pepper characterize Jon Basil Tequila. The spirit’s name pays respect to the family of Jon Basíl’s founder, Uduimoh Umolu. Umolu’s grandfather’s name is Jon, and his father’s godfather’s name is Basil. Umolu is one of Illinois’ youngest spirits entrepreneurs. Umolu recently struck a distribution deal with Binny’s Beverage Depot in Chicago, the state’s largest spirits store. So, rather than reaching for the Casamigos, try Jon Basíl.
Vanessa Braxton designed and manufactured Black Momma Vodka. Braxton is the first African-American female distiller and master blender, as well as the proprietor of the only Black-led tea and beverage manufacturing facility. Vanessa Braxton owns the distillery, manufacturing facility, and 15-acre farm grow house in its entirety. Pomegranate, peach, and green tea are among the flavors available in Black Momma.
Halo 7 Rum
Ashley Jackson and JeNai Stanley, both rum lovers, came up with the idea for their own rum label. They set out to create a rum that honored the history and tradition of rum. Jackson and Stanley wanted to contribute to the artisan spirit movement. Halo 7 Rum is a sipping rum that defies rum stereotypes, improves the rum experience, and captivates spirit lovers of all kinds.
Whatever your preferences, show your support. Spread the word. Let’s start closing the gap and turn the distilleries and alcohol sector into a diverse market that sells high-quality black-owned alcohol.