Filipino American sommelier wins James Beard award for essay on ‘white supremacy’ in the wine industry
- Filipino American sommelier Miguel de Leon won the James Beard Foundation Journalism Award for his long-form personal essay, “It’s Time to Decolonize Wine,” published in online magazine Punch in June 2020.
- De Leon, who currently serves as the wine director of the Michelin-rated Pinch Chinese restaurant in Manhattan, wrote about his experiences as a wine professional of color in the white-dominated industry.
- He contextualized the appreciation of wine beyond its Eurocentric heritage with his own Filipino heritage and upbringing.
- De Leon’s works in the media cover the topics of racism, social justice and equity. Last year, he was named the New York Sommelier of the Year.
Filipino American sommelier Miguel de Leon won the James Beard Foundation Journalism Award for his long-form personal essay on dismantling white supremacy in the wine industry.
De Leon, a Philippine-born writer and New York City-based sommelier, received the award on June 11 for his essay, “It’s Time to Decolonize Wine,” which was first published in the online magazine Punch in June 2020.
It’s a Monday night in October in Beverly Hills. Wine lovers are gathering for a party at The Bazaar, the famed molecular gastronomy restaurant by Michelin-starred chef José Andrés.
The entire restaurant has been booked to celebrate the launch of The Drops of God Wine Salon, an interactive online wine club created by Napa Valley vintner Peter Chiang and the sibling creators of the manga “Drops of God”, Shin and Yuko Kibayashi. Full disclosure, NextShark also had a role in co-hosting this event.
During the 17th and 18th century in Europe, prominent individuals (mostly women) would host private gatherings in their homes called “salons”. These gatherings were reserved for the elite who would gather together to debate and discuss topics surrounding literature, philosophy, and current events. Over time, salons became a key to the birth of new political ideas that would affect the course of world events.
To pay homage to these salons, Peter Chiang, a Napa Valley vintner, and Shin and Yuko Kibayashi, the renowned creators of the “Drops of God” manga, are debuting The Drops of God Wine Salon, an interactive online wine club, with two extraordinary wine-tasting events. Tickets are available now for Napa Valley and Beverly Hills.
A man from Thailand died last month after mixing durian and wine together despite warnings from his friends.
The man’s body was found at a bus stop on August 14 at around 6:30 a.m. near Pattaya, Thailand with a bottle of alcohol and the fruit, according to The Star. Authorities estimated that he had been dead for five hours.
Archaeologists were working on an excavation site in Luoyang, Henan when they unearthed a jar containing what appeared to be 2,000-year-old Chinese wine.
Scientists at the excavation site discovered a bronze-colored jar from the Western Han Dynasty tomb containing 3.5 liters of clear yellow liquid. As soon as the archaeologists opened the lid, the contents gave off a rich aroma of alcohol, according to Xinhua News Agency.
Some guys need a little liquid courage to chat with girls, but this glass of vino has no problem whatsoever hitting on women on Tinder.
Last year the internet was hit with a hilarious series of puns when an anonymous girl posed as a cheeseburger named Patty on Tinder to flirt with men. That gave Sean Fahmy, a writer at Foodbeast, the idea of transforming himself into a glass of wine to win his way into women’s hearts.
You’re at your favorite local watering hole, and you’ve knocked a few back. Feeling emboldened by your newfound liquid courage, you scan the room for prospects. You lock eyes with someone who flashes you a smile, make your approach, and that’s when something miraculous happens. They didn’t notice you before, but they do now, and they’re quite smitten.
Perhaps they’re under the same boozy influences as you, but they’re not. They’re as sober as the sun with nary a cocktail glass in sight. So what’s changed?