We had the good fortune of connecting with Monica Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Monica, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
What makes me happy is reminding myself that I’m serving in my purpose according to God’s will. Seeing my friends and family happy, serving the community, drinking lots of wine and traveling.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a Texas Wine Specialist, i focus mainly on highlighting the terrior, sophistication and varietals that are special to the Texas wine industry. It is my hope to influence a new generation of wine drinkers that Texas does everything bigger and better, even wine. I’m currently working to obtain my WSET in Wine and will continue to learn as much as I can in this industry. I’ve had a few false starts in the industry, thanks to self-doubt and a pandemic. I continue to overcome challenges faced by remembering why I started. I want the world to know that you have the power to live life on your own terms. As for me, I’ve only scratched the surface and I can’t wait to see what I create next. The Black Wineo, is a lifestyle brand that focuses on elevating palates and minds of the millennial consumer through thoughtful content and experiences. It aims to make wine consumption, non fussy and less intimidating for the average drinker.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love my city! There is nothing like Houston. I’d start with a spa day at Milk & Honey or Trellis, a quick bite of lunch in Midtown or the Heights followed by a visit to the Museum district for the latest exhibit. The H in Houston stands for Happy Hour. I love Tex-Mex so maybe a few bites at Cyclone Ayana’s in midtown or Loch Bar in the Galleria area. Of course, no evening is complete without a stop at a wine bar. My favorite in the city is 13 Celcius. A little hookah for aesthetics at Mawal and one last stop for wine at Bravery Wine Bar.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank the tribe of women who’ve I’ve been blessed to meet, inspire and work with throughout my journey. I’ve had women who’ve uplifted me in some of my lowest of days and they’ve helped to remind me that I am enough and my gifts are necessary in this world.

Website: theblackwineo.com

Instagram: theblackwineo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=38413064

Image Credits
Ally Green

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