Peter Morales’ BCA Award

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(Pictured with Morales, presenters Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelson,left, and Alex Askew, president BCA. Photo credit: Ed Lewis)  

Main Street Imports, a leading minority-owned international wine and spirits importer, is garnering significant recognition in an industry sparsely represented by minorities.

Peter Morales, president and CEO of 57 Main Street Imports, was presented the regarded Vision in Wine award at the BCA—formerly Black Culinarian Alliance—third annual Global Food and Wine Experience at Tavern on the Green in Central Park West. The award was presented by his colleague, Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson.

The Vision in Wine Award recognizes individuals who work to build awareness and exposure to the wine industry for people of color. The award is sponsored by BCA, a non-profit networking organization which works to develop professional and education opportunities in the hospitality industry for minorities.

Based in Garden City, New York, Morales’ company is a leading importer of wines and spirits from South Africa, Italy, Spain, Argentina and Ireland. The company has gained much acclaim recently as a trendsetter in developing the recognition of South African wines in the United States and for its extensive philanthropic commitment through its Vision 57 Program, which reinvests a five percent portion of the proceeds from the wine import business into a host of charitable programs which focus on educational and social support for South Africans; co-sponsors the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education South African Study Tour and other initiatives which impact the global community.  Morales has been a long-time supporter of BCA. 

“There are few individuals who have made great contributions to the food and wine industry and served as role models for future generations of industry professionals at the same time,� said Alex Askew, president of BCA. “Peter is one of the individuals and he is being recognized for sharing the goals of the BCA and furthering opportunities for minorities in our field.�

57 Main Street Imports is one of the most vibrant and diverse importers of premium wine and spirits in the United States. Under the visionary leadership of President, Morales, the company has grown from a home-based business in 1998 to a global leader in the beverage industry run by a dynamic team of experienced, multi-cultural professionals. Corporate headquarters is based in Garden City, New York, and the company maintains exclusive agreements with wine and spirits suppliers in South Africa, Argentina, Italy, Spain and Ireland.

South Africa has been a particular focus and passion for 57 Main Street; 5% of the net proceeds of South African wines sold in the U.S. are contributed to the Vision 57 Adopt-a-School program, to support educational initiatives at beneficiary schools in the Western Cape. 

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