Stellekaya Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2012 | Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon | Region: Stellenbosch| Price: $30 If you don’t know about Stellekaya Wines then you’ll definitely want to take notes. They produce one of the best collection of affordable red wines that I’ve ever tasted. Every label is unique and overwhelming good. Stellekaya is a privately owned boutique wine producer located in the heart of the Cape Winelands in South Africa. All of their grapes are sourced from the town of Stellenbosch. And guess who is the winemaker behind these wines? A woman by the name of Ntsiki Biyela, who just happens to be the first black woman winemaker in South Africa. Biyela studied viticulture and oenology at Stellenbosch University. After graduation, she was hired as a winemaker for Stellekaya Wines in 2004. Her first red wine won a gold medal at the Michelangelo awards. Five years later she was named as South Africa’s Woman Winemaker of the Year. For the last couple of years, Biyela…

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For the (Wine) Culture

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate all the African Americans holding it down in the wine game. Now I’m not talking about the consumer, but people on the other side of the bottle—the winemakers, sommeliers, and distributors. As a blogger, when I attend wine industry trade events, I rarely see people who look like me in those positions and that can be disheartening. It’s sad because I think there’s this perception that wine just isn’t a “black thing.” Well guess what?! We out here too! That’s why I wanted to shine a light on Black winemakers. They definitely don’t get the exposure or credit they deserve. I myself didn’t even know they existed until I randomly discovered a Black winemakers group on social media a couple years ago. It was a breath of fresh air knowing there were people who liked like me and shared the same…

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Noble Rot Wine Bar

I’d like to think that I know about all the wine bars in Houston, but last week I was scrolling on the ‘gram and came across Noble Rot Wine Bar. Of course, I immediately googled it and saw that it was actually located inside of Conservancy in downtown Houston. For those not familiar with Conservancy, it’s an underground beer garden and food hall. How cool does that sound? I don’t really hang out much downtown, but this was worth a trip to check out. So, when you get to Conservancy, you take a flight of steps down to get to the food hall area. Noble Rot Wine Bar is located towards the front end. It has a small bar area with seating for maybe eight and then there are tables throughout the hall for people to sit as well. I noticed that most people just came up to the bar…

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Momo Food + Wine

I’m not even going to beat around the bush with this one. There’s a new wine bar in Houston called Momo Food + Wine that is definitely worth checking out! It opened last fall and I’m so glad that I finally got a chance to check it out. Momo is located in Midtown around the corner from the Breakfast Klub. It’s on this weird strip that if you blink you might just pass it, which ironically I did. Not the best area in town, but once you walk in you immediately forget what’s outside. Momo has this really cute chic vibe. Loved the purple and gray decor! It kind of reminded me of a spoken word lounge channeling the Love Jones era. There is plenty of table seating and a couple of areas where groups can hang out. So, I absolutely love the concept behind this wine bar. Every little…

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Mo’ Wine, Pour Problems

I like big pours and I cannot lie! When a server stops by with an itty bitty pour I get… Seriously! Especially, when a glass is probably equivalent to the cost of the bottle…but that’s a whole other issue (sips wine). I have a bit of a problem with the standard pour size in this country. It’s only five ounces and yet at some places it’s probably more like three! Unfortunately, some servers follow that rule to a tee. Booooo to all the restaurants and wine bars who now have ounce markers on their glasses (tré tackÿ) and pour exactly to…that…freakin’…line. Not cool my friends, not cool! At that point, I’d rather just take the bottle and pour it myself. All jokes aside, I’m not asking for my cup to runneth over so that I can get wine wasted. It’s all about getting my money’s worth at the end of…

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