As many consumers look for ways to break the cycles of systemic racism, one avenue is to support black-owned businesses with funds that may have previously been allocated elsewhere.
In solidarity with the Black community, WineSavage is offering an opportunity to support black-owned businesses through a three-bottle bundle of wines exclusively from black-owned wineries.
At WineSavage, our mission still rings true: to curate high quality wines from boutique producers you might not otherwise discover. Today we specifically feature wines produced by black-owned wineries with this special offering.
Note, while wines featured in the WineSavage club shipments are typically offered at deep discounts as a marketing opportunity with little profit to the wineries, in the spirit of supporting black-owned businesses, this bundle will be at fulll price to pass full profits to the producers.
Show your support and order as many bundles as you like, or add a la carte bottles from our selection here
We will bring in the wine and fulfill orders when the offer expires on September 9.
As a young lawyer in the 1980s, Dan Johnson handled a legal matter for a well-known winemaker, which sparked his interest in wine and dreams of having a vineyard in Napa Valley.
In 2006, his dream became a reality. Dan, and his wife Kim, transformed a walnut orchard into a vineyard. Although his business his relatively small — Okapi produces about 300 cases a year — what the winery lacks in quantity is made up in quality with award-winning wines that zing with innovation and creativity.
2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay
- 155 cases produced
- 100% Chardonnay
- 12 months on 30% new French oak
This wine presents aromas of rich French pastries and fresh picked apples and figs, spiced with hints of exotic lychee and wildflower honey. On the palate the mouthfeel is expansive and vibrant, with subtly layered flavors of mandarin orange, hazelnut, lemon, creme fraiche and a lively minerality that lingers in the energetic finish.
Winery price: $30.00
Emboldened by the great fruit produced by the land, its owner and founder, Theodora R. Lee aka Theo-patra, Queen of the Vineyards, a bold and dynamic Texan and San Francisco trial lawyer, is now bottling her own award winning wines. In addition to bottling the richly intense and flavorful Petite Sirah and Rosé of Petite Sirah, Theopolis Vineyards strikes a lighter note by bottling a Symphony, a white wine, which is a crossing of Muscat and Grenache Gris. Theopolis Vineyards also bottles an Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, a Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir and a Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir.
Currently, Theodora Lee is the only African American female sole proprietorship that owns her own vineyard versus sources grapes and having a label.
- Located in the Yorkville Highlands of the Anderson Valley
- No public tasting room, but an annual Harvest and Bottle Release Party that is open to the public.
- Produces 800 cases annually
2016 Theopolis Vineyards Estate Grown Petite Sirah
- 280 cases produced
- 100% Petite Sirah
- Aged 22 months in 25% new and 75% Neutral French oak barrels.
This Estate Grown Petite Sirah has a bouquet of delicious and ripe black fruit. The wine is full bodied, rich and flavorful on the palate with hints of black pepper, lavender, wild cherry, and black tea. It has fine tannins with a lovely depth and texture, creating a pure and smooth finish. This vintage will age beautifully for decades.
The wine will pair well with barbecue, stews, braised and grilled beef, pot roast, veal, wild game, oxtails, charcuterie, lamb, sausage or dark chocolate.
Winery price: $39.00
J. Moss Wines
James Moss comes from Dallas, Texas where he first was introduced to fine wines working for a Texas distributor. His work often brought him to the Napa Valley for further education. That is when he began to fall in love with the industry and had the desire to produce his own fine wine that he could share with friends and family and eventually all wine lovers. James decided to move to California in 1998 to follow this dream.
The dream was to create high quality, hand crafted, small lots of cabernet sauvignon from top Napa Valley appellations. In vintage 2000, he made his first barrels from merlot grown on the Carneros property where he lived. He knew he was on to something special! For several more years, while working a full time job in the wine industry, James spent evenings and weekends learning the intricacies of winemaking. James was fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside two phenomenal winemakers in the Valley; Mark Jessup, former winemaker from Jessup Cellars, Robert Mondavi and Opus One and now winemaker at J. Gregory Wines, and subsequently with Gustavo Brambila, former winemaker for Chateau Montelena, Grgich Hills and now part owner/winemaker of Gustavo Wines.
- Founded in 2010
- Based in Napa Valley, tasting room by appointment only
- produce ~1,200 cases annually
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mee Lane Vineyard, Rutherford
- 300 cases produced
- 100% clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 28 months on 100% French Oak
The 2014 vintage is an early keystone of a growing vertical series of vintages produced from the noted Mee Lane family vineyard in the world class Rutherford AVA of Napa Valley. This single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is produced with precise hand-crafting in the Bordeaux style with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Opulent wine, true to the classic Rutherford Dust dense, pure and saturated profile. A bright, complex, plush and full bodied, age-worthy Cabernet with ample layers of bright cassis, succulent black fruit, hints of mocha, tobacco, sweet vanilla whiskey, leather and warm toasted spices. Substantial, yet supple tannins round out this well balanced wine with a remarkably long, complex finish. Can be enjoyed now and will age like a dream. A powerful, classic collector's Napa Cabernet.
Winery price: $84.00