Pride Month is here and there’s so much to celebrate! You don’t have to be LGBTQ+ to join the festivities but if you do participate, I hope you back it up with education, exploration, ACTION, and support of some very fun wines!
I’ve gathered the below list of over 30 wine, beer, and spirits brands (highlighting the deets on the wines, of course) that are either owned or produced by members of the LGBTQ+ community or offer special products or programs to benefit them. Of course, there are many other great organizations working on these initiatives, so please drop any you're aware of in the comments!
I’ll be sharing some of these wines throughout this month as we honor the progress! I’ve also got a special event up my sleeve for later in the year, so stay tuned!
To my LGBTQ+ friends and family near and far: I love you. You’re the shit. You make the world amazing!
Let’s keep it going beyond June in honor of ALL people! Cheers to open hearts and open minds!
BABE Wine: In 2020, they launched Pride Month with a video celebrating LGBTQ+ encouraging folks to tag their loved ones and supporters in the comments. They donated $1 for each retweet on Twitter or comment on IG to three LGBTQ+ organizations: the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, The Center, and Love on a Mission, a safe haven for LGBTQ+ youth located in Central Ohio. I have reached out to them to see what they have up their sleeve for 2021! I found their wines in Denver at Applejack Wine & Spirits. Check it out!
Barefoot Wine: A proud LGBTQ+ supporter since 1988, Barefoot is offering their new Sweet Rosé Bubbly online at Barrel Room. The program partners with Free Mom Hugs and the National Center for Transgender Equality. Together they work to make the world a better, more equal, more inclusive place, and are an honored supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I ordered a 6-pack of this bubbly and I'm so excited to share it with you all!
Eco Terreno Wines: Based in Alexander Valley, this team offers small-production wines from certified biodynamic & organically grown grapes. Founder and winemaker, Mark Lyon, has been making wine for over 30 years. Today 100% of Mark’s production comes from estate fruit! I’m looking forward to trying their ‘Pink Pride’ Rosé!
Equality Vines: This company is committed to equality for all people. Co-founders Matt Grove and Jim Obergefell work together to offer collections of limited-release wines to benefit organizations working toward equality for all. Their ‘Love Wins’ Sparkling Rosé supports LGBTQ Connection an initiative fueled by youth and other emerging leadership that fosters a healthier, more vibrantly diverse and inclusive community.
“What if a bottle of wine represented something bigger, something more important than just a bottle of wine? What if a bottle of wine could do more than help you unwind or celebrate in the moment?”
Gary Farrell: This Russian River Valley program comes from the hands of winemaker Theresa Heredia. She says, "I strongly believe in the Russian River Valley's capacity to consistently produce world class wines. They key is cool breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean blanket." I found their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for sale in Denver at Applejack Wine & Spirits! Wine & Spirits Magazine named Gary Farrell a Top 100 Winery of 2019
Gentleman Farmer: Made by winemakers Joe Wolosz and Jeff Durham with a focus on Napa Valley Cabernet, red blends, Chardonnay, and rosé. “The gentleman’s farm, an idealized farmstead, designed for personal pleasure and satisfaction. It kindles a way of living. It rouses our thinking on winemaking.” The 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon looks like a bottle worth laying down for the next 15-20 years. They produce less than 1,000 cases total so these beauties need to be ordered online via their website.
Remy Wines: Winemaker Remy Drabkin knew she wanted to make wine since she was a child. She brings an Old World sensibility to her lineup of Oregon wines. The company is also the host and originators of Oregon’s Wine Country Pride event. Check out this article on Remy
So Gay Rosé: The self-proclaimed “Proudly Poolside Rosé” comes in a colorful can with 0g sugar, 100 calories, and a generous 14% ABV. “We love designer but we don’t believe in labels. That’s why we created SO GAY ROSÉ, a crisp, canned rosé that always goes down easy, no matter where you’re drinking - or who you’re drinking with.”
Tank Garage Winery: Located in Calistoga at the northern tip of Napa Valley, their ‘Love & Pride’ Case Special “celebrates the dreamers” with a Pride-themed wine in honor of the LGBTQ+ community. A portion of proceeds benefits LGBTQ Connection, an initiative fueled by youth and other emerging leadership that fosters a healthier, more vibrantly diverse and inclusive community.
Teneral Cellars: With a focus on supporting women’s issues, inclusion, and social change, the company donates $10 from every sale of their ‘Love is Love’ 3-pack to The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, which supports safe space designation.
“The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative is the official non-profit charitable organization of The Stonewall Inn inspired by the struggles and ideals of the LGBTQ rights movement and born from The Stonewall Inn Uprising of 1969. We are committed to eliminating the social intolerance that is profoundly impacting the lives of LGBTQ citizens throughout America and abroad.”
ZAFA Wines: Produces wine in both Vermont and Texas. The company is 100% woman-owned and maintains a staff of at least 85% woman. Led by powerhouse Krista Scruggs, their website states: “We are very vocal about our intentions to provide opportunities first and foremost to skill qualified marginalized individuals; this includes POC and Women. Until our industry is reflective of a level playing field of gender and race, we at ZAFA will forever strive to level out the curve and provide opportunity and equity to those who are not seen or given a chance in a homogenized industry.”
BEER & CIDER BRANDS WITH LGBTQ+ INITIATIVES:
101 Cider House
Athletic Brewing Company
Goose Island Beer Co.
Old Bakery Beer Brewery
SPIRITS BRANDS WITH LGBTQ+ INITIATIVES:
Albany Distilling Company
Cotton & Reed Rum
Crystal Head Vodka
Ogden’s Own Distillery
Stateside Urbancraft Vodka
Tom of Finland Vodka
LGBTQ+ WINE EVENTS:
Out in The Vineyard: an experiential Wine Country Event and Travel company for out LGBTQ+ community and offering exclusive, luxury itineraries and events in Wine Country for the discerning gay traveler and our friends.
I hope you find some fun things to explore as we raise a glass to our LGBTQ+ family around the world!
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