Alicia Kidd knows wine and its business. I learned about her extensive connections in such a relationship-driven sector. The wine industry and the SF East Bay community are ripe, if not overdue, for CoCo Noir's unique emphasis on women and BIPOC winemakers. Her plans are ambitious but grounded in a sound sense of realism. CoCo Noir is almost ready to open in on a very promising location in Oakland, which could serve as a launchpad to branch out even further. Every opening needs working capital for the initial take-off period.