Diversifying the wine industry one Zoom at a time

Jirka Jireh started Industry Sessions, a virtual wine class and tasting for BIPOC. How she's trying to change the wine industry one Zoom at a time.
Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 4, 2020
Jirka Jireh is a caviste at Ordinaire wine shop and bar in Oakland, where she has worked for the last two years. She started her career in wine about eight years ago during a stint as a part-time food runner at Tom Colicchio's now-shuttered...
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