On Saturday, June 14, the annual event celebrating the Association of African American Vintners (AAAV) was held at COPIA in Napa, CA. I was my first time attending this event which included panel discussions followed by wine tasting. This was a fantastic event: well attended, enthusiatic panel discussions; good, food, music and people. Even the weather was nice. The annual AAAV event is an excellent opportunity to learn and enjoy wines produced by African-American vintners. I highly encourage you to attend next years event. I’ll be there.
Later that evening, my wife and I, enjoyed dinner at 1300 Fillmore on Fillmore St. in San Francisco. 1300 features a menu of noveau-soul food by Chef David Lawrence. I recommend the “shrimp ‘n’ grits.” Many of the wineries featured at the AAAV event are featured on the wine list. Highly recommended.
Panel 2 – left to right: Pam Moore (moderator), Dr. Ernest Bates (Black Coyote Wines), Stephen Sterling (Esterlina Vineyards & Winery), Daniel J. Bryant (Running Tiger Wines), Vance Sharp III (Sharp Cellars), Stover Oaks Winery (Louis Garcia), Vision Cellars (Mac McDonald)
One of the world’s premier sommeliers, Mr. Andre Mack, and his proud mother
Mac McDonald of Vision Cellars with a glass of his supurb ’07 Rose
Mrs. and Mr. Daniel Bryant (Running Tiger Wines)…their outstanding Syrah was a big suprise
Some of the wineries featured.