Black Professionals of Wine: Black Winemakers, Winery Owners, Importers and More

Saturday, June 13th at 12pm CST

Join Lucas and Dhruv, two of our certified sommeliers, as they highlight some of the names, the faces, and stories of amazing black professionals and their wines. We will emphasize the importance of understanding who is behind the bottle and have a conversation about the barriers black people face entering and thriving in the industry. By bringing awareness we hope to bolster black owned businesses and bring greater diversity and selection to the wine world in Austin and beyond.

This week we are pleased to announce that all donations will benefit the Austin Justice Coalition: a racial justice group that educates and builds community power for people of color who live in Austin, Texas. In an effort to make this content as accessible as possible, this class is donate-what-you-can.


New to the Stay-at-Home Somm? This project began in April 2020 as a result of Covid-19 closures. Utilizing a team of Austin’s various certified sommeliers, this group raises funds for hospitality professionals and numerous charity projects across the city through virtual wine classes. We hope you’ll join us in sipping to support our classes for a cause.

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Where to Buy Wine Locally

It’s up to us all to conscientiously consume while our communities transform and eventually rebuild. Here are some of our lovable, local favorite places to buy wine and spirits from during quarantine:

Austin Wine Merchant (Downtown)

Locally owned and operated since 1991. The spot for craft spirits, vermouths, sherries and fine wines. They’ve transformed all of their operations to offer safe, curbside pickup. Orders placed over the phone.

Royal Blue Grocery (Multiple Locations)

Royal Blue Grocery is a compact urban market that opened its doors in in Downtown Austin in 2006. Curbside pickup and delivery available! Call for wine selections.

Sunrise Minimart (on Burnet, North Austin)

If you know, you know

An unassuming mini mart in North Austin is home to one of the best retail selections of wines in town, pleasing natural wine lovers and regional classic enthusiasts alike.

The Austin Shaker (East Austin)

Small and fierce, head to the Austin Shaker for hard-to-find spirits and reliable wines.

Travis Heights Wines & Spirits (South Austin)

“Opened in 2003, Travis Heights Wine & Spirits (formerly Travis Heights Beverage World) is dedicated to finding unique small production wine and spirits that represent true value and quality.” Download their app for Austin delivery!

Twin Liquors (Multiple Locations)

Twins has been sustaining consumers and restaurants alike across Texas since 1937. Their bi-annual Dollar Sale is one of the best beverage sales in town. Order online for curbside pickup.