According to The Wall Street Journal, he’s a “wine overachiever”. And they’re absolutely correct. Andre Mack is a bit of a Renaissance Man, in that he’s lending all of his talents to wine making and educating. He’s used his business skills he attained while working in corporate America and combined his love for wine to build his own wine label, Mouton Noir. Not only does Mack produce wine in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, but he also designs all of the labels as well as a t-shirt line for Mouton Noir.
All of his hard work has not gone unnoticed. It has earned Mack the distinction as the first African-American to be named Best Young Sommelier in America by Chaine des Rotisseurs. His client list also includes other well-known wine makers such as Joel Gott, Palm Bay Imports and Charles & Charles. Mack has been featured in major publications such as Food and Wine, Wine & Spirits Magazine, New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Wall Street Journal.
TJF recently got a chance to meet this talented wine maker, who will be featuring his wines at the 2018 Jackson State University Black Winemakers Dinner in Dallas, TX. Read our conversation with Andre Mack below.
TJF: What sparked your interest in wine making?
Mack: I was inspired to invite wine in my life by watching old episodes of “Frasier”, seeing the wines that were featured prominently in the show, and wanting to know more about them.
TJF: How long have you been in the business?
Mack: I’ve been in business for 11 years. We started back in 2007.
TJF: How would you describe the wine(s) you will be serving?
Mack: All the wines I make are what I like to call “food friendly” style wines. Not only are they transparent and honest and truly speak of a place of which they come from, but they are also balanced.
TJF: What dishes pair well with your wine(s)?
Mack: These wines are pretty versatile, ranging from light fare to poultry and various preparations of pork.
Featured wines at the 2018 JSU Black Winemakers event: Love Drunk and Bottoms Up
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