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André Mack runs the organic wine company Mouton Noir. The company launched in 2007, following years spent pursuing a love for wine that led to acclaim for his work as a sommelier (even being named Young Sommelier of the Year by Chaine des Rotisseurs) at the likes of spots including Per Se in New York.

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Noticing the magnificence of wines produced at small vineyards, Mack stepped into entrepreneurship and into greater success producing a line of classics that have caught the attention of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Food & Wine.  You can find Mouton Noir at restaurants across the country and catch Mack and his wines on an upcoming February episode of the new ABC cooking competition reality show “The Taste,” which is helmed by notable culinary judges Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey. But you may just want to order your first bottle online and show off your eco-chic and support for black-owned businesses with a bottle of O.P.P. (Other People’s Pinot) and a stylish Mouton Noir hoodie Stay connected to Mouton Noir on Twitter!

HelloBeautiful: How do you define eco-chic living?

André Mack: Making conscious aesthetic choices using sustainability (environmental, health, etc) as crucial criteria.

HB: Tell us about Mouton Noir. How did you decide which blends to produce?

AM: Mouton Noir Wines specializes in small production Pinot Noir from Oregon. We also produce what I like to call our “everyday luxury” wines:  Knock On Wood (Chardonnay), Love Drunk (Rosé), and Other People’s Pinot (Pinot Noir). Pinot Noir reigns supreme in Oregon, so it makes sense that it forms the core of our production. Complementing the Pinot Noir is our Chardonnay, which also benefits from a cool climate. And pink wine is just fun. Our fruit receives only the minimal required treatments and yields are dramatically reduced in order to give the wines great depth and complexity.

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