Exclusive Blacklist Wine and Jazz Weekend starts Feb. 7
2/8/2019, 6 a.m.
The Exclusive Blacklist Wine and Jazz Weekend returns for a four-day celebration of African-Americans in winemaking.
This is the fifth year for the event that Richmond native and Vine Wine Club owner Benita Johnson created and that is still a one-of-a-kind event in the nation, according to Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
The festival is scheduled to kick off 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, with a mixology competition at The Shoppes at the Renaissance, 101 W. Broad St.
On Friday, Feb. 8, events will include the Blacks in Wine Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by The Gala from 7 to 10 p.m., both at the Renaissance.
Events continue Saturday, Feb. 9, with a Wine Paired Brunch at 10 a.m. at the Spoonbread Restaurant, 2526 Floyd Ave., the Hip Hop Meets Wine party at The Mix, 12 W. Broad St., and a Wine Crawl at 8 p.m. at the Renaissance.
The weekend wraps up with the TheWineDown at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Renaissance.
Ms. Johnson stated that the Exclusive Blacklist’s goal “is to make people aware that African-Americans do make quality wines and, that we can collectively, we can increase shelf placement and sales of our brands across Virginia and the USA.”
Information: Ms. Johnson, (804) 993-4130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.