CHERRY BOMBE 100:
Ones to Watch
Cha McCoy wants to break down the barriers in the wine world. She is a wine expert, globetrotter, and creator of Cha Squared Hospitality, a lifestyle company with a focus on tourism and gastronomy. Cha, who hails from Harlem, had an Eat Pray Love moment and got her MBA in Italy, which led to her collecting drinking and eating experiences in close to 20 countries. Today, she runs a number of wine education and appreciation programs, including The Communion and Sunday School Series, with a mind toward broadening and diversifying the audience that enjoys wine. "I have an engineering background, so I'm used to being the only black female in the room; it's my usual day," she told Food & Wine Magazine. "My mind is like, 'How do we get more people to be exposed to this?'"