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My Life, Through the Lens of a Wine Glass

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

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1:00–2:00 p.m. PT / 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET

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Join The Urban Grape’s own TJ Douglas for this very special webinar in celebration of Black History Month, presented by First Republic Bank.

For years, TJ pursued his insatiable passion for hospitality and wine, only to find that the traditional paths to learning about and working in wine were all but shut to him and the BIPOC men and women who looked like him.

His story covers ...

• his growth as an entrepreneur who developed his own groundbreaking system for thinking about and categorizing wine that has revolutionized wine retail,
• how he broke all the wine establishment rules, and showed others that a successful career in wine does not depend on attaining a sommelier pin,
• the ways in which he built a cutting-edge and thriving Black-owned business in an industry that historically only rewards traditional paths to success.

Throughout TJ’s story, you’ll learn about — and taste — wine from producers like Robin and Andrea McBride, Theodora Lee, Tinashe Nyamudoka and Donae Burston, who are leading innovative Black-owned wine brands across four continents.

If you’d like to purchase wines to taste during the webinar, please visit this link and use password FRBBHM2022. Purchase must be made by February 10th to guarantee delivery in time.


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Founder and CEO, The Urban Grape

As the wine buyer, head salesperson and architect of the Progressive Scale for The Urban Grape, TJ is directly responsible for the store’s successes. He has been profiled by The New York Times, Food & Wine, Imbibe, among other regional and national publications. The Beverage Journal named TJ one of 10 Black Drink Innovators to Watch in 2020. TJ has been featured on shows such as Basic Black (WGBH), The Hub Today (NBC), Dining Playbook (NESN), New England Living (CBS) and Chronicle (WCVB) and is a frequent guest wine educator at corporate meetings and retreats.


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CEO, Rayyis llc

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