Black Winemakers Featured at Obama Summit

Founder of American Shared Hospital Services Ernest Bates walks through his vineyard of cabernet sauvignon grapes in Napa, California. ?I always wanted to be a pioneer,? said Bates. Photographer: Eric Risberg/APErnest Bates was a pioneering neurosurgeon and Mac McDonald the son of a moonshine-maker. The award-winning winemakers come from very different backgrounds while sharing a rare trait in their field: They?re black.

Their labels, Black Coyote Wines and Vision Cellars, won spots as two of the three wines that President Barack Obama served at last night?s White House dinner for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, highlighting the niche they occupy in the U.S. wine market.

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