Hey ladies, and gentlemen, we’ve made it halfway through the workweek and the weekend looks more promising each minute, and now that the job is done, kids are asleep and plan is in place for tomorrow – it’s time to “wine” down!
Meet Tahiirah Habibi, founder of the Hue Society and The Black Wine Experience – a spirited activation landing at the 2019 Essence Festival.
A pioneer in breaking cultural boundaries and stigmas in the wine industry, she hopes to create an intoxicating space for wine lovers in the African-American community. After graduating from Penn State, the Philadelphia native attended the Philadelphia School of Wine and as she learned more about wine and the culture of wine, she noticed the lack of diversity and People of Color in the industry. This began her fire to become a disruptor and innovator in the wine industry.
Fast forward through moving to Miami and navigating the industry, Habibi began operating and managing some of the best wine programs in the city, including J&G Grill in the St. Regis Bal Barbour, the infamous Michael’s Genuine and Baoli. She also created private cellars and managed events for local, national and international clients such as pairings for the Haitian Food and Wine Fair.
Her knowledge, skillset and savoire-faire have now lead her to pushing her Hue Society platform and presenting “The Black Wine Experience” in New Orleans, July 5-7 in New Orleans.