Wine Noir Toasts Black History Month with Award Winning African American Winemakers at Westside Tavern in Los Angeles


In honor of Black History Month, Westside Tavern will host a Wine Noir Dinner to toast Black History Month on Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. Executive Chef Ben Cohn, chosen for Best Chefs America, will prepare a special five-course dinner that will be meticulously paired with the wines of award-winning African American owned wineries including L’Objet Noir, Indigené Cellars, Visions Cellars, and Black Coyote.Present to speak about their journeys into winemaking and to teach some interesting historical facts about African Americans in U.S. Wine Industry, will be winemakers Dan Glover of L’Objet Noir Wines, and Raymond Smith of Indigené Cellars.

 This exclusive wine and culinary experience is limited to 25 guests and is priced at $65.00, excluding tax and gratuity. To reserve your place for the Wine Noir Dinner at the Westside Tavern, contact general manager Kevin Brady at Westside Tavern, 18050 Pico Boulevard LA, CA 90064, (310) 470-1539.

Chef Ben Cohn’s Wine Noir inspired menu will include:


Duo of Oysters

Richard Grant Sparkling Rose, NV


Endive, avocado and grapefruit salad

2010 L’Objet Noir Comstock Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek County

Kurobuta pork with green peppercorn, torchon, cornichons and grain mustard and grilled bread

2012 Vision Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

Potato gnocchi, prosciutto with beef ragu, basil, parmesan and olive oil

2007 Indigené Cellars Philanthropist Red Blend (cabernet sauvignon, petite sirah and petit verdot)

Braised short ribs with roasted root vegetables, fresh horseradish

2010 Black Coyote Reserve Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Coffee and cookies


About Wine Noir:

 Wine Noir is a group welcoming Wine Enthusiasts of all levels who are interested in exploring the wines of African-American and Latino-American winemakers.  Wine Noir Organizer Roberta Rinaldi, the Beverly Hills Wine Examiner for, decided to form Wine Noir in December 2012, when she couldn’t find the many award-winning wines of African-American and Latino winemakers at any retail outlets and consequently, discovered that most wine drinkers were unaware of their existence. Rinaldi has written more than 160 articles about LA’s wine scene; has taken and taught numerous wine classes; and has worked seasonally at Wally’s Wines & Spirits for over 10 years.  For more information on Wine Noir, visit their website on




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