Here we are 3 weeks into January 2022 and I haven’t written a thing nor posted anything on social media. Did I miss it? Nope. Not even a little bit. It was the break I didn’t know I needed, but really did need. I even had half of a dry January and didn’t miss the vino at all. Now don’t get it twisted, I’m not giving up wine, but am learning to take some breaks and better pace myself. See previous post for more. Before my ‘wine exile’ of sorts, I did finish an article for the folks at The Vintner Project. The article was about Phil Long of Longevity Wines, who is the president of the Association of African-American Vintners (“AAAV”). It was a story that I was thrilled and honored to tell.
Phil took over as president of the AAAV in 2020 during a period of turmoil, to say the least. His remarkable story took him from Southern California to Northern California where he began making wines in his garage in Livermore Valley. His winery ended up being named named Livermore Valley Winery of the Year in 2018 and he has not stopped. Be sure to check out my interview with Phil on The Vintner Project, which was a lot of fun.
If you’re looking to try Phil’s wines, they are everywhere. His wines are distributed in every state and can even be found in Puerto Rico and the U.K. Retailers include Total Wine, Target, Sam’s Club, and Costco. And there are a few different tiers of wines at various price points from which to choose.
The black label ‘Longevity Vintner Select’ wines are regionally-designated and hand produced in small quantities. These wines are generally made with Livermore Valley fruit and are available directly from the winery. At least for now. The “California” white-label wines are made in larger quantities, distributed nationally, and available for $13-16. These wines came about from Longevity’s partnership with Bronco Wine Company and nearly doubled the winery’s production. The white label wines also feature a unique helix cork that can be opened without a corkscrew and reused as a stopper. The newest line from Longevity Wines is comprised of premium wines under the ‘Phil Long’ name and features two Cabernet Sauvignon wines – one from Alexander Valley and one from Napa Valley.
It’s been so great to watch the growth of Longevity Wines over the last several years. And according to Phil, we can expect more from him. I can’t wait to see it!
Note: Cover photo courtesy of Longevity Wines