Cross-Country Events Cater to Millennial Wine Lovers, Showcase Wines From Argentina to Africa

By Katie Hunter

Mixing wine with DJs, hip venues, and photo booths? For millennials, these pairings make perfect sense, and are largely the brainchild of two wine communities focused on hip, young wine lovers with adventurous palettes. Bottlenotes, a wine community that encourages members to learn about, discuss, and rate wines on its interactive platform, is one of these communities. Last Friday, the organization hosted Around the World in 80 Sips in Washington, DC, for the first time. The annual flagship event, which also passes through San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Denver and Miami, features over 80 wines from countries like Argentina, Chile, Spain, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as artisanal cheese and charcuterie.

Held at DC’s Newseum, the event featured spectacular panoramic views of the Capital, thumping beats, and plenty of twenty and thirty-somethings, dressed to the nines and eager to try new wines. 

Despite being sold out at 500 tickets, there was plenty of wine to go around. Event sponsor Heritage Link Brands poured from its portfolio, which featured Seven Sisters, One World by Koopmanskloof, and M’hudi, South Africa’s first black family owned winery. Guests lined up to sample wines like Seven Sisters’ ‘Odelia’ Bukettraube, an off-dry white wine similar to Riesling, then checked each off in a “passport” meant to cover the 80 plus wines available for sipping at the event.

Heritage Link Brands will be on the West Coast this weekend for another millennial-geared event, Wine Riot LA. Hosted by online community Second Glass, which delivers wine-related content in a straight-shooting, humorous tone.  Wine Riot features over 250 wines, DJs, photo booths, a snack bar, and a lounge where attendees can kick back after sipping and noshing. Rioters can also check out several “crash course” wine seminars including “From Pit Stop to Pinotage,” a history of South Africa’s wine region by Selena Cuffe, Heritage Link Brands’ CEO, and “Amalgamation Conversation,” a conversation about blending wines by Shauna Rosenblum of Rock Wall Wine Company.  

Bottlenotes and Second Glass may be coming to a city near you. So if you’re a young wine-lover, or just young at heart, be sure to check them out!

Find out more about Heritage Link Brands and its portfolio of black-produced wines at and by following the company on Twitter.

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One Response to Cross-Country Events Cater to Millennial Wine Lovers, Showcase Wines From Argentina to Africa

  1. Morgan says:

    Hey Katie!

    Thanks so much for mentioning Wine Riot in your article! We are doing Wine Riot in DC October 22/23rd and would love to see you there!

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