If you didn’t know, March is Women’s History Month. A month dedicated to celebrating women in American history. For Black History Month we highlighted two women who broke barriers in our industry: Iris Rideau (Rideau Vineyard) and Theodora Lee (Theopolis Vineyards). This month, we’re honoring an organization started by Tahiirah Habibi called Hue Society. While it’s important to honor those who came before us, we also wanted to share the story of someone making history now.
Who is Tahiirah Habibi?
Tahiirah Habibi grew up in North Philadelphia and fell in love with wine while in college. She worked in restaurants during the day and took wine classes at night, eventually going on to work in the restaurant industry and becoming a sommelier. Today, Habibi holds honors like being the first Black woman on the cover of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. She was also named to Wine Enthusiast’s 40 under 40 list.
What is the Hue Society?
The Hue Society is a hub for Black wine professionals. Habibi founded Hue Society in 2017 after noticing a lack of diversity in the industry. The name comes from a Jay Z lyric, “What’s better than one billionaire? Two, ‘specially if they’re from the same hue as you.”
She wanted a safe space for people to “learn, commune, and find resources in one place.” She fights for and provides a space for economic inclusion by providing resources for both consumers and business owners alike.
How can we support?
If you’re a black wine professional and would like to join, you can do so here.
Have a black owned business and want to be part of their directory? You can sign up via the ‘Directory’ link here.
If you’d like to find out more about the Hue Society or simply want to support, you can sign up for their newsletter via a popup on their website.
Not a Black wine professional but want to follow them online? Follow them on Instagram here.
A toast to Tahiirah
Cheers to Tahiirah and the Hue Society for fighting to make our industry more inclusive. Wine was meant for everyone. Let’s raise a glass to that.