“Only 1% of US wineries are Black-owned. These entrepreneurs want to change that.” – CNN

Alicia Towns Franken, President of Wine Unify and Towns Wine Co, was recently honored at the Aspen Food and Wine Festival’s ‘Black on Black’ event, honoring Black leaders in the wine industry. Announcing the launch of Towns Wine Co, Alicia became emotional describing the significance of the dinner, saying, “The energy in the room — I wish we could have bottled it. It’s important for those people to tell their stories.” Read more from CNN’s article on the event and the extreme rarity of black owned businesses in the wine world here.