This month we’re excited to launch a brand new co-branded wine in partnership with Phil Lengthy and Longevity wines. On this particular 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, two hearts turn into one—as Longevity Wines and ONEHOPE bind collectively as a drive for change.
Phil Lengthy is founding father of Longevity Wines and the President of the Affiliation of African American Vintners (AAAV). Phil and his spouse, Debra, based Longevity in 2008 once they began making wine as a interest of their storage in Livermore, California. Avid wine drinkers and lovers of wine nation, “wine is a part of the material of life in Northern California,” Phil mentioned. The model rapidly grew, and in simply 10 years they had been named Livermore Valley’s vineyard of the yr.
Debra got here up with the identify Longevity, and Phil designed the enduring coronary heart as a part of their emblem. Phil gave Debra artisan glass hearts each Valentine’s Day, and over time she constructed fairly the gathering. The Longevity coronary heart emblem has many hearts inside it, along with grapes and vines, to represent their love for wine and each other.
Sadly, Debra handed away in 2019 of pancreatic most cancers. Phil has that very same coronary heart emblem tattooed on his sleeve and on each bottle of Longevity made. “She is aware of she’s going to all the time be with me, and a part of each step of the journey.” Phil’s son, Phil Jr., has been his Assistant Winemaker since 2016.
Objective has all the time performed a job in Phil’s life, however even stronger after Debra’s passing. Along with supporting Lustgarden Basis, Phil serves because the President of the Affiliation of African American Vintners (AAAV).
“African American winemakers/homeowners make up lower than 1% of the inhabitants of winemakers/homeowners on this nation. Range is lacking.” Phil famous. The Affiliation of African American Vintners is a 501(c)(6) non-profit based in 2002 to offer a help community for African American vintners and wine business professionals, guarantee the supply of wine training, and entry to profession enhancement alternatives, whereas bringing wine nation existence and advantageous wine to shoppers.
“An enormous a part of ONEHOPE’s imaginative and prescient is about not solely democratizing the Napa wine tasting expertise for extra individuals in additional locations, but additionally making the business at giant extra inclusive for teams which were traditionally unnoticed. It begins with our feminine winemaker and three feminine co-founders, extends to our balanced board and govt illustration, and has scaled to a neighborhood of 1000’s of Trigger Entrepreneurs comprised of 99% ladies, 50%+ mothers, and 40%+ minorities,” Jake Kloberdanz, ONEHOPE Founder & CEO passionately shared.
Together with Phil Lengthy and Bronco Wine Firm, this partnership proudly has donated $18,000 to the Affiliation of African American Vintners We invite our clients to pick out the African American Vintners Affiliation (EIN: 74-3217547) as their reason for option to additional our influence, and 10% of your total buy will additional help their mission.