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Burgundy wines have always enjoyed a somewhat mystical admiration from sommeliers and wine directors. Their allure is usually associated with the pinot grape, but when it comes to building a food-friendly wine list, consider white Burgundy, an easy-drinking wine produced in various regions within Burgundy.
In 2018, Julia Coney, a wine and travel writer based in Washington, D.C., led an initiative to help women of color secure scholarships to attend the inaugural women’s forum Bâtonnage in Napa Valley, California. Through her efforts, five scholarships were granted to women of color; there were 320 attendees altogether.
“I like to say the darker the wine, the darker the teeth,” Julia Coney, a wine writer based in Washington, DC, tells me. A pinot noir, for example — less tannic, and less physically dark than a soulful cabernet — is also likely to be less staining. “If I think of cabernets, I’m going to have purple teeth at night. Malbec, I’m going to have purple teeth.” So if you are trying to avoid the telltale mulberry stain, you might be better off with a nice pinot noir, or an elegant gamay.
“What’s great about Grand Cata is showcasing the vastness of wines and spirits from the region and different producers,” Julia Coney, a Washington, D.C.-based wine and travel writer and educator, says. “Their selection is a great curation of passion and exploration, which is what wine is all about.”
Spain and Puglia — Julia Coney, Wine Writer
I am looking forward to drinking more Albarino from Spain, wines from Puglia, specifically susumaneillo from Tenute Rubino. The wine has focus, depth, and lushness you don't expect. Also, I'm still drinking grower champagnes as often as I can. Pierre Paillard is high on the list.
What more does the wine community need to know about African American consumers?
This was the question racing through my mind as I sat and spoke with Julia Coney in Washington DC a few weeks ago. Coney, a lifestyle writer and consultant with a focus on wine, is a colleague and also a friend who good-humoredly tolerated my earnest questions that still rung, even to my own ears, of naiveté and being out-of-touch with an entire segment of the wine consuming public.
Diversity in the World of Wine by Julia Coney
“Excuse me, you look like you work here.” “Are you sure you’re in the right room?” “I’m sorry, I thought you were the help.” “How do you afford to travel like you do?”
I grew up in a house where words meant things. And not just the words themselves; “it’s not what you say, but how you say it,” echoed daily. I used to mock my parents for saying it until I became an adult and realized the adage’s simple truth. The questions and statements below are just a few things that have been said to me while I attended wine tastings.
In recent years, the wine writing landscape has witnessed the arrival of several exciting new voices. All About the Pretty, reached a national audience (The Washington Post, Lucky, Essence and Ebony), adds an informed-yet-casual perspective on wine for the consumer to explore.
As I write this, the Washington, D.C.-based Coney is in Paris, sitting as a judge on the Concours Mondial des Feminalise panel, an all-woman wine tasting and judging competition.
Wine Judge. Féminalise World Wine Competition in Paris, France.
Jury members are selected among the female members of the wine network on the basis of their faculty to taste wine: producers, oenologists, technicians, wine-traders, wine-brokers, and wine representatives.
The Tasting Panel
The first thing you learn in wine education is how much you don’t know about wine. The second thing you learn is the value of scent and the ability to smell.
In his book, Perfume: The Alchemy of Scent, famous Hermès perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena says, “Perfume is a story in odors, sometimes a poetry of memory.” The term “odor” is similar in the world of wine. Every wine has a distinct odor, but the scent imbeds itself in our memory.
Equity At The Table (EATT) is very much inspired by the aphorism that it’s better to “build a longer table, not a higher fence.” EATT is a practical and proactive response to the blatant gender and racial discrimination that plagues the food industry. EATT is an easy-to-navigate database for food industry professionals featuring only women/gender non-conforming individuals and focusing primarily on POC and the LGBTQ community.
Women in Hospitality United. to build community by creating safer spaces to gather; to foster leadership and champion the equitable advancement of all people through connection, mentorship, and resource sharing; to empower our members by providing tools, training, advocacy, and support; and to develop solutions and provide policies that set new standards for equity, accountability, and transparency in the industry.
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