Celebrating Black History at Beltane Ranch
We are especially grateful to our donors Mary Graves and Alice Kibwaa, who invited us to meet at Beltane Ranch on February 25, 2023, a place that holds a special place in local Black history. Library Director Erika Thibault gave a fascinating talk on the contributions of African American winemakers in Sonoma County, beginning with the extraordinary life of civil rights activist Mary Ellen Pleasant, the self-made African American millionaire who bought Beltane Ranch in 1892, up to more recent activities of the Association of African American Vintners. Co-founded by Windsor’s legendary Mac MacDonald (Vision Cellars), AAAV papers are accessible at the Sonoma County Library’s Wine Library in Healdsburg. Winemaker Dennis McCarter of the new McCarter Cellars attended with wife and business partner Laura.