Sip & See: Black Vines Celebrates Black Winemakers & Toasts To Black Future

I traveled to Berkeley, CA for Black Vines, an annual celebration of Black wineries and Black art.

Put on by Fern Stroud, Precious Stroud and their amazing team of partners and sponsors, the event is a true showcase in masterful winemaking, culinary arts, great music and Black entrepreneurship.

Hundreds of multicultural guests gathered at the Ciel Creative Space for the four-hour event that was full of fellowship and joy as rich and full-bodied as a fine cabernet sauvignon.

Guests dined on a decadent presentation of hors d’oeuvres on a massive charcuterie spread, listened to funky sounds from Retro Jukebox, and were able to shop the Black-owned vendors selling everything from custom art to unique jewelry, all while sipping on a vast offering of Black-owned wines.

Jawn Murray, Precious Stroud, Fern Stroud, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín & Jena Domingue of Wine Direct after the mayor named Feb. 28 “Black Vines Day” in Berkeley

Black Vines is an event that those in The Bay Area should definitely experience and it’s certainly worth flying in. You can stay in either Berkeley or Oakland for a romantic couple’s getaway or a fun gathering of friends.

While in town, have a meal at the exceptional Jamaican restaurant Kingston 11 Cuisine (Oakland) or enjoy the fried chicken platter at Miss Ollies (Oakland).

With the theme of “Celebrating Black Future,” Black Vines is an afternoon of excellence, opportunity and cultural creativity.

(Special thanks Fern and Precious Stroud, as well as my host Sandra Varner of Varner Public Relations for exceptional hospitality.)

Fern Stroud, Mayor Jesse Arreguín & Jawn Murray sample Free Range Flower Winery at Black Vines

VIDEO: Check out Jawn Murray’s ultimate sip and see experience at Black Vines!

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