The evening of February 10 was filled with red-hot talent as twelve African-American Winemakers united for the second annual Sips With Soul, a celebration of award-winning wine paired with gourmet-comfort cuisine. Hosted by 1300 on Fillmore, the evening offered a unique opportunity to experience the creative talents of African American winemakers, growers and winery owners.
While there are more than 6,000 wineries in the US, only a handful are owned by African Americans. Sips with Soul brought winemakers from Black Coyote, Vision Cellars, Brown Estate, Sharp Cellars, Esterlina Vineyards, Stover Oak Winery, Rideau Vineyard, Longevity Wines, Everett Ridge Vineyards & Winery, Indigene Cellars, McBride Sisters and Markl Wines, who joined 1300’s owners Executive Chef David Lawrence and his wife, Monetta White to celebrate the craft of African American vintners for Black History month.
Executive Chef David Lawrence of 1300 on Fillmore prepared signature hors d’oeuvres of his Soulful American Cuisine — comfort food done well — to complement the wines, while each of the wineries had owners or winemakers on hand to discuss their craft. Among the notable guests was former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who offered an enthusiastic speech supporting friends and colleagues of the wine and culinary world. Following Mr. Brown’s speech, the enlivened crowd enjoyed the company of the vintners while networking amongst other food and wine lovers.