wine was simply the drink Justin ordered with a fancy meal. He didn’t have the knowledge on why certain wines paired well with certain foods or how tannins and acidity could impact a meal’s experience.
Eventually, he realized that wine was never really a large part of his personal social networks. He never saw celebrities or famous people in his culture celebrating their favorite bottles of wine (as they did other beverages) so it seemed like something less relevant.
In 2020, Justin discovered "Uncorked," a film about an inner city black male pursuing a sommelier career and the challenges he experienced relative to his white peers because of systemic barriers. That evening, Justin took the leap and signed up for his very first wine course and it has been an amazing journey ever since. A year and over 100 different styles of wines later, he hopes to make this industry more inclusive.
This page is intended to be a resource for anyone who does not know how to approach wine, but wants to learn more. Justin aims to highlight an appreciation for a craft that has been around for thousands of years-paved by POCs. While he doesn't claim to know everything, he is thrilled to invite anyone who’s interested to follow his journey of learning about wine. You bring the wine and he’ll bring the glass.