Jacy Topps is the print assistant editor at Wine Enthusiast Magazine and an award-nominated journalist. You can find her byline in various publications including Plate Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Oprah Magazine, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Slate, Business Insider, and Better Homes and Gardens. She has built her career as a journalist covering everything from wine and travel to race and mental health, to LGBTQ culture and relationships. Jacy's outstanding coverage of wine and food won her a nomination for a Born Digital Wine Award.
In addition to reporting on the intersection of culture, news, and wine, Jacy is producing the Wine Enthusiast podcast. An experienced ghostwriter, her clients range from nonprofits to celebrities. In 2021, Jacy received a writing certification from HarvardX for excellence in persuasive writing. When she is not writing about food, mental health, wine, fashion, or feminism, she is searching for the best wine bar in the city or binging on Lifetime movies. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Making arrangements to support your family in the event of your death can be emotionally challenging - not many people are in a hurry to think about their mortality. I certainly wasn't in my late 30s.
Grief is already a complicated thing to experience, but what happens when the person you're grieving happens to be your abuser? Here, writer Jacy Topps explores what it feels like to negotiate feeling sad over the passing of someone who caused you harm.
I was sitting on the sofa crying, when my partner Nikki came out of the bedroom. I thought the hour-long argument we'd been having about money was about to start up again. Instead, with her eyes filled with tears. "We should go to couples' counselling," she said.
Is Taking PrEP, the HIV-Preventing Pill, "On Demand" As Safe As Taking It Daily? On the Eve of the Black Party, Remembering What It Meant to Dance All Night in 1989 Anti-Trans Republicans Are Disguising Their Bigotry With Mock Concern Finding Femme: The Quiet Resistance of a Small-Town Stylist for Trans Women and Cross-Dressing Men You've probably heard of the idea of a queer "scene," perhaps most often from people who don't care for it.
"I may never accomplish what my white friends accomplish or have the same things. Black women don't have the same opportunities."
"Black people don't do therapy; we go to church" is a statement I'd heard countless times in my community. We didn't discuss mental health so much in my family either. And when the concept of therapy did come up, it was doubly dismissed as a privilege purely for the rich, and something only white folks did.
During my first Thanksgiving in New York City eight years ago, I was so broke that I didn't even have money to purchase a Greyhound bus ticket to Atlanta to be with my family. I had been in the city for just a few months, so I didn't have many acquaintances.
I've been consumed with getting revenge on those who've wronged me for years. I'm not talking about the Lifetime movie kind of revenge, where people are pushed off cliffs or thrown out of windows, because I never did anything violent.
Photo: Getty Images / Fertnig Before I was assaulted, I loved wine. I would say my relationship with wine might even have bordered on a minor obsession. Before I started my writing career, I had a lucrative gig as a bartender at a high-end hotel.
I spent most of my teenage and young-adult years worrying about what other people thought of my choices: my clothes, my hair, my eating habits, my job, my relationships. Inevitably, this started to affect my decision-making. I took shitty jobs I didn't want because others thought they were cool; I stayed in relationships long after I should've let them go.
Her family treated me like one of their own. It was Sandra's mother who put me on birth control, and Sandra's cousins who invited me to their weddings and graduations. I vacationed and celebrated holidays with them. Her family was there for me in ways my family couldn't be.
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"Wine just resonates with me. It goes much deeper than what we just put on the table," says Tiquette Bramlett, president of Compris Vineyard (formerly Vidon Vineyard). The Willamette Valley winery announced her appointment in 2021, making her the first Black woman to oversee an Oregon winery.
Sauced chicken wings are mainstays at house parties, bars, barbecues, brunches, Super Bowl festivities and even wedding receptions. While deep-frying chicken has southern roots in the U.S., coating chicken wings in a spicy butter sauce was reportedly invented in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York.
A reported essay on the lack of diversity within the wine industry
When you hear someone say they're going to wine country, that means they're visiting the magnificent wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma in California.
Kim and Margo Longbottom, the mother-daughter winemaking team at Australia's Vintage Longbottom, are planning a Champagne brunch for Mother's Day. "There's a great little restaurant that we frequent with a plant nursery attached out back," says Kim. Margo is looking forward to it. "Their philosophy is whatever they don't grow, they source locally," she says.
Interview with sommelier Erin Scala on diversity in sparkling wine
Located in the central-eastern area of France sits one of my all time favorite wine regions named Bourgogne, also known as Burgundy. There are also small quantities of gamay and aligote grapes also grown in the region. However, when you hear some refer to a white Burgundy, they are talking about chardonnay from the region, while red Burgundy is pinot noir.
If you didn't know New Jersey made wine, you wouldn't be alone. Every time I mentioned I was headed to the Garden State for a wine tour, all I heard was: "I didn't know there are wineries in New Je...
It's that time of year when everyone wants to enjoy sparkling wine. I think there's something about those bubbles that bring out our celebratory moods. While we often turn to sparkling wine to celebrate, sparkling wine can be enjoyed - you know - just because.
California is well known for its beautiful wine regions like Napa Valley and Sonoma. However, there are so many other robust wine appellations within the state, and it's time we get to know one of them.
Thanksgiving is about the time-honored tradition of giving thanks and sharing food with family and loved ones. And yes, it is mainly an American holiday, but we certainly aren't the only ones who gather with family and loved ones over food during the season. Thanksgiving in Bordeaux means celebrating the end of harvest season.
When we think of premier wine destinations in America, Napa Valley and Sonoma often come to mind. However, there are other regions throughout California (and the country) that also produce beautiful wines. Paso Robles, which is situated between Los Angeles and San Francisco, is a wine region that is known for its bold red wines.
"Part of the reason I chose to live in East Atlanta was the proximity to Mary's," says Andi Fitzroy-Fishman about the queer dive bar where she's been a regular for more than 14 years. Fitzroy-Fishman met her wife at Mary's, previously worked part-time at the door, and celebrated her bachelorette party and 40th birthday there.
Flowers have started blooming and the sun is shining longer, which means spring has finally arrived. And that also means summer is right around the corner. Discovering new wines to enjoy when the seasons change is my favorite thing to do.
Italy has long been a well-established destination for impeccable cuisine and wine, but there are still many Italian regions that yield delicious wine which are largely unfamiliar to Americans. I once took a solo trip to the popular Italian destinations of Rome and Florence to get a feel of the region's food and wine.
Nothing is quite like a perfectly grilled steak and a glass of wine. However, when the two are paired, we tend to default to the old "red wine with red meat" rule. The thought is that only red wine has the richness and texture to stand up to a steak's robust flavors.
Bordeaux is one of the most esteemed wine regions in the world. And despite women playing an enormous role in the region's rich history of winemaking, it's largely been male-dominated. But as women winemakers are taking the helm in Bordeaux, this is no longer the case.
The soaring popularity of rosé in the U.S. is nothing short of astonishing. With celebrities producing their own brands to rosé wine festivals, the blush wine is everywhere! And with our favorite obsession of updating our Instagram followers on which rosé wines we're sipping on now, its popularity will only increase.
After Trump won the election, I-like many Americans-went into a tailspin. The United States had just elected the most vulgar, uncouth, egotistical, and misogynistic man imaginable to the most powerful position in the world. Trump's campaign speeches and rallies were chaotic spectacles full of classless chants and vitriol.
Fed up with the persecution and police brutality they consistently faced for simply being who they are, when police raided the gay bar Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, its patrons fought back. Widely referred to as the start of the modern gay rights movement, that uprising at Stonewall Inn sparked a social movement that changed the course of American culture.
Cannabis-infused products are nothing new. They've been popping up throughout the country as more states legalize marijuana for recreational use. From cannabis-infused protein drinks to kombucha, the use of cannabis in our favorite drinks is not going anywhere. Now vodka lovers and cocktail enthusiasts can be excited about this new trend, too.
Including the role Trader Joe's played in my reformation Autumn is upon us. As the weather cools, the breeze softens and the leaves fall, serious wine drinkers usually turn in their pinot grigio for pinot noir. To some people, autumn means pumpkin spice everything.
The Incendiaries ($14, Amazon) was published to critical acclaim. The novel tells a thrilling story about the susceptibility of religion and faith. It can give rise to joy and kindness, but it can also perpetuate diabolical motivations, wreaking havoc everywhere. The South Korean-born American author, R.O.
Dear Atlanta, With the stakes higher than ever, I watched with the entire nation as Georgia went blue for the second time. I've never been so proud to call you my home. It's been a long time coming. According to everything you've been told, it was never going to happen.
Institutional, systemic and structural racism combined with gender discrimination aren't only issues in the workplace, and here's why the mix of racism and sexism causes higher rates of depression in Black women, and what one women is doing about it for herself.
Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer were together for 40 years before they married in 2007. When Spyer died in 2009 Windsor, was ordered to pay $363,000 in estate taxes because of a federal law called the "Defense of Marriage Act," or DOMA.
Despite the lack of women in leadership, it has been women leading the fight within the cannabis movement in Canada, particularly the medical marijuana market. The first medical dispensary in the country was founded by Hilary Black in British Columbia in 1997, and women-led advocacy groups and activists like Tracy Curley have been paving the way for cannabis legalization for decades.
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"It's just an election. Why are you people so angry?" "Get over it. Your side lost. Everything will be okay. It's just an election" "Move on. You will be okay." These were the things I read on Facebook after people started to share their worries about a Trump presidency.
Two years ago, Ericka Hart, a 30 year-old sexuality educator was diagnosed with breast cancer. To raise awareness and provide visibility for Black queer women who are battling with or have battled breast cancer, Ericka attended this year's Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn topless revealing her double mastectomy scars.
Overcoming obstacles, redefining their fields, taking risks and creating spaces for others are what defines a trailblazer. Honoring women who make significant impact on the arts, culture and philanthropy, the Brooklyn Museum hosted Trailblazers: Women in Art. This year's ceremony was a part of the 10-year anniversary of the Elizabeth A.
I was once asked to finish the statement My feminism is.... It didn't take me long to come up with an answer. I'm a gay, black women. My feminism is intersectional. Whether you want to acknowledge it or not, your experiences in life are shaped by the intersection of class, race, gender, sexual orientation and identity.
In this issue join us for our coverage of how extremists are fanning the flames of LBGT discrimination under the Gold Dome. We also have an update on an arrest made in an anti-gay attack, photos from the Rustin/Lorde breakfast, a look at Sleater-Kinney's new album and more.
Online dating sites and dating apps have revolutionized the way we connect, date and hook-up with people. Although dating apps have seemingly made connecting easier, they've shed light on a major problem women having been navigating for decades: the abusive retaliation by rejected men.
New York City is known for its fashion, theater and food scene, but did you know that NYC also has an unparalleled cocktail scene? Yeah, I didn't either. So when I received my copy of New York Cocktails , I was super excited to delve right in.
I actually wasn't familiar with The Moth until Hannah Horvath, Lena Dunham's character on the hit television series Girls, decided to take up writing again. The season 5 finale had Hannah performing at The Moth's StorySLAM, where real people tell their true stories live without notes.
Written by Shanna Mahin, Oh! You Pretty Things follows Jess Dunne, a recently divorced California native, as she navigates through the not-so-glamorous side of Hollywood. The third generation Hollywood barista/aspiring chef goes from job to job, usually not giving any notice and is struggling to make ends meet. Make no mistake.
Wearing makeup is about so much more than accessorizing your look. It is often used as a tool of expression. And while people of all genders have been wearing makeup for decades, it's an industry that has only been marketed to one gender: women.
Whether it's a piece of jewelry or spiked stilettos, I love wearing statement pieces. They're bold, fascinating and sometimes, conversation starters. Right now, I'm wearing the Palma ring from . My statement: I'm an unapologetically sexual woman who is not afraid to show it.
Mattie James, blogging since 2008, is now a full-time fashion and lifestyle influencer in Atlanta. From beauty regimens and seasonal must-haves to blogger tutorials, Mattie James is the go-to blog to help create your stylish lifestyle. Have questions about marketing and branding in the blogosphere? Mattie James shares her experiences in her daily podcast.
New Yorkers are said to be the some of the most fashionable people in the world and I agree. But there's something to be said about the je ne sais quoi of a French woman. Even the most well dressed...
Fashion as a means of protest and resistance has been going on for decades. From Vivienne Westwood's "Destroy" t-shirts to Katharine Hamnett's "I Use A Condom" political tees to Dior models walking to Beyoncé's mix of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "We Should All Be Feminists" speech, the fashion industry has always used its platform to raise awareness and provoke.
The partnership between fashion and social awareness is nothing new, but if you're not familiar with Naja Lingerie , you will be impressed. They not only produce a beautifully-designed lingerie collection, but they are challenging the way we market to women and hire them.
Pride School Atlanta, one of the first of its kind in the region seeks to create a K-12 nonprofit school for LGBT educators, students and families, and is hoping to raise enough money to open the school this year. School co-founder Christian Zsilavetz has recruited renowned lesbian comic Suzanne Westenhoefer to join the effort and ...
I usually alternate my plans on Friday nights. One Friday, some friends and I might start out at a cute restaurant in the village and by the end of the night we're tearing up the dance floor. While the next Friday night, my plans for the evening usually are Netflix and takeout.
Our 2014 drag issue. We look into the beauty of queen culture. Plus, 10 things to know about Georgia marriage lawsuit, an interview with Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie and more.
Visibility and inclusiveness have always been two of the main goals of Atlanta Pride and nowhere is this more apparent than during the Dyke March and Trans March. The Dyke March has been an official tradition in Atlanta Pride celebrations for more than 20 years.
My article was cited in a written ACLU testimony for a state legislative bill.
Jacy Topps is an award-winning journalist whose byline appears in Wine Enthusiast, Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan and InStyle, among many others. But her career did not follow the classic J-school track. Topps was born in Chicago, raised in Atlanta, and has been living, for the most part, in New York City since 2010 with her now-wife, Nikki.
If you've ever wondered what it looks like to add ghostwriting to your mix of freelance writing services, this episode is for you! Jacy Topps joins Jenni to talk about the behind-the-scenes of ghostwriting: How to find those gigs, how much they pay, what you need to watch out for, and why writing under someone else's byline can be gratifying.
Conversation with VIK winemaker
September is Virginia Pride month and to help us celebrate is journalist and activist, Jacy Topps.In her recent Business Insider article, she details the progress that has been achieved for the LGBTQ community but illuminates the tenuous nature of legal rulings as political tides shift and new administrations enter.
Distinguished journalist and wine writer, Jacy Topps, teams up with Somm Scala to bring a virtual Chiaretto (Italian dry rosé) tasting that you won't want to miss. Jacy Topps has written for such publications as Glamour, Oprah Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Slate, and VICE, covering everything from wine and travel to race and LBGTQ culture.
Jacy Topps is a freelance writer based out of New York City and Atlanta. Her work focuses on feminism, relationships, mental health, race, culture, the LGBTQ community, and politics. You can find her work in Slate , Glamour , Oprah Magazine , InStyle , Cosmopolitan, and Allure .
Welcome back to Hi Femme!, dapperQ's sibling visibility project celebrating the incredible contributions that stylish femmes make to queer fashion. This edition, we're featuring Jacy Topps, a freelance journalist and writer published in Bust Magazine, Huffington Post, Posture Magazine and NYC lifestyle blogs. Her writing focuses on feminism, LGBTQ culture, race relations and fashion.
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