Wine Unify launches initiatives to increase and celebrate diversity in the wine industry
Armed with three initiatives – to welcome, to elevate, and to amplify underrepresented minorities – Wine Unify seeks to create more visibility and opportunity for people of colour.
Outreach, access and funding for wine education are pillars within the mission. In addition, Wine Unify seeks to create an environment with inspiring, inclusive content highlighting the breadth of minority talent in the wine industry.
Wine Unify is made up of a team of industry leaders who serve as mentors, ambassadors, or advisory board members. The current roster of leaders involved includes Gary Obligacion (Post Ranch Inn), Tonya Pitts (One Market), Alicia Towns Franken (Towns Franken Consulting), Anna-Christina Cabrales (Morrell Wine Bar), Priyanka French (Signorello Estate), Lucy Anderle (Mayacamas Vineyards), Julia Coney (Black Wine Professionals), Annette Alvarez-Peters (Costco AVP, retired), Andre Mack (Maison Noir Wines), Yashodhan ‘Billo’ Naravane MW (Rasa Vineyards), and Jessica Trujillo (JONATA & The Hilt).
With the assistance of sponsors, including Napa Valley Wine Academy, Wine.com, Coravin, and JancisRobinson.com, among others, Wine Unify is able to offer a variety of education-based awards for aspiring and existing minority wine professionals. Details and requirements to apply for these awards can be found on the website at www.wineunify.org.