— CHRIS KING, THE ST. LOUIS AMERICAN
When thinking of wine, we tend to think of red wine and white wine. Phil Long, however, makes it his mission to get people thinking about – and drinking – Black wine.
Long is president of the Association of African American Vintners (AAAV). Of its 21 members, two-thirds make wine in California. Long is one of them; his Longevity Wines is based in Livermore, which is equidistant from San Jose and San Francisco. No Black wine is being made in Missouri professionally. The closest AAAV members to St. Louis are Jenny Dawn Cellars in Wichita, Running Tigers Wines in Atlanta, and Stover Oaks Winery in Cleveland.
Founded in 2002, Association of African American Vintners (AAAV) is a 501 (C) (6) Non-Profit organization formed for the following purposes:
a) Increase the quality of wine communications to all, and to grow awareness of the Association of African American Vintners.
b) Fostering a spirit of cooperation among all growers, wineries and industry groups.
c) Develop a sense of community among members of the organization through friendly and informal networking and social functions.
d) Increase awareness of diversity in our industry to all wine consumers through public pouring events showcasing AAAV member wines.
e) Facilitate access to relevant viticulture, enological and related information through voluntary sharing among members.
Source – Association of African American Vintners, https://www.aaavintners.org