Originally from Mississippi turned winemaker

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – I feel like it’s only fitting that I do another surviving motherhood on this day, my last day.

If you know anything about me other than the fact that I have four beautiful sons, you know I love a good bottle of wine.

Tonight, I present to you a native of Mississippi who ventures into the world of wine. It’s a place where you don’t see many Mississippians and even fewer black men from Mississippi.

Lashaun Barnes said: “I was like, ‘Hey! What is a market that citizens like? I was like, ‘Hmm, women like wine.’ It’s a day where you come to a place, relax and say, ‘Hey, I’ve had a rough week. The kids made me a great mom. What can I do to make them feel relaxed and relaxed? That’s where I found the wine.

LaShaun Barnes is a native of Hermanville, Ms., whose entrepreneurial spirit led him to create two wines.

Now living in Houston, he ventured to Austin to learn more about winemaking.

He says, “I picked the flavors and dissected them into the grapes and muscadines. [I] came back about two months later, bottled my prototype bottles. From there, we started creating the labels and placing them on them.

The wines, a red and a white, each have specific names.

Splinzara is a word he came up with that describes the dazzling effect of wine, and the other name hits even closer to home.

He said, “Addylabella, it’s from my goddaughters. One is Adyson Tate and the other is called Bella Washington. So I was like, ‘Hey, give them something back because they saved me at a time in college where I was going through so much, and I was like these girls came into my life and took made things so much better for me. ‘”

Red wine could also be considered healthy.

According to Barnes, “This wine has cranberry additives and things that are good for your kidneys and things from that mold to promote those things inside your body that can say, ‘Hey, this can help you out.’ a certain way.'”

Ultimately, Barnes says he hopes this is the start of a generational wealth-building product.

“It’s a limited market for black men in that I’m hoping the generations I’m building for my nephews, nieces and goddaughters can build a cellar down the road,” he said.

Lashaun is already working with local stores to get her wine on the shelves.

But in the meantime, you can consult his site kaptivmomentswinecollection.com to learn more about his collection.

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