Now, you can enjoy the friendly skies the same way you like to enjoy everything else — Black owned.
How so? Delta Airlines just launched a new partnership with Brown Estate Vineyards
, the first and only Black-owned estate winery in Napa Valley, California. As a nod to increasing diversity awareness during Black History Month, what initially started out as an idea through the black business employee network has turned into a full blown partnership where Domestic Delta One customers will see two Brown Estate wines on the winter 2019-2020 menu: 2017 Betelgeuse Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Chaos Theory.
Established in the 1990s by siblings Deneen, David and Coral Brown, Brown Estate is a fast-growing two-generation family-run winemaking business. The siblings of course were encouraged to keep going through an investment from their parents Bassett Brown and Marcela Brown. They acquired the 450 acres in the Chiles Valley AVA of the Napa Valley, California back in 1980, and have been making history ever since.
For the family, this is a huge milestone and accomplishment for further putting the Brown Estate on the map for people who may not be familiar with the brand.
“We are delighted to partner with Delta Air Lines,” said Deneen Brown, president of Brown Estate. “Delta’s all-in commitments to the spirit of inclusion and to their wine program are perfectly aligned with our core values at Brown Estate.”
We hope this is one of many similar partnerships for the airline.
“Partnering with innovative, diverse suppliers from certified small-, minority- and women-owned businesses like Brown Estate is fundamental to Delta’s strategy to keep climbing year-round,” said Heather Ostis, Vice President — Supply Chain Management. “Seeking employee perspectives and leveraging unique ideas brings us closer to meeting that goal, while creating the highest quality experience for our customers.”
Don’t have a Delta flight booked anytime soon? Well, that’s not the only way you can support the Brown family. On your next trip to Napa Valley, stop in for a tasting of their vast wine collection, which is best known as one of that region’s most well-regarded zinfandel producers receiving a score of 91 points by Wine Spectator. In addition to zinfandel, Brown Estate produces cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and petite sirah. The estate easily stands apart from the rest of the high-trafficked wineries, so it’s worth a visit.