Atop The Wine World, Court Of Master Sommeliers Faces A Racial Reckoning
“It’s based on networking and expectations that you attend conferences. But, when marginalized people look at the marketing, websites, social media for these events, groups—even the affiliated scholarships—they don’t see anyone who looks like them.”
10 Organizations that Support Black Drinks Professionals
Veteran restaurant professional Lia Jones founded this organization to create a more inclusive hospitality industry. It provides career guidance, grants and scholarships, educational panels and events, and also consults with companies on issues relating to diversity and inclusion.
Prestigious Wine Organization Drops Use of Term ‘Master’
"If there are no black people in someone’s inner circle or going to industry conferences, she added, it contributes to the lack of diversity. Because of that, there are also not a lot of black people or people of color who can mentor or inspire up-and-comers."