Wines made by Phil Long Sr., owner of boutique Longevity Wines and president of the Association of African American Vintners, are finally available at a few locations in the St. Louis area. Long, who is among a small but growing number of Black winery owners, makes award-winning, small batch wines at his winery in California’s Livermore Valley. Thanks to a recent partnership with Bronco Wines Co., he also oversees an expanded line that is being made at Bronco’s facility in Ceres, California. The following two Longevity wines have unusual twist-off cork closures that can be removed without a tool and used to reseal the bottles.

Longevity 2018 Chardonnay, California

Bought • Southside Wine and Spirits, 4920 Hampton Avenue, in August for $15.99

Description • A blend of 87% chardonnay and 13% viognier, this is a lush and buttery white wine. Soft and creamy, this chardonnay tastes of pineapple, melon and other tropical fruit with hints of vanilla, citrus and oak. It’s beautifully balanced and ends with a long, elegant finish. This is a rich chardonnay that is best enjoyed with food and would go well with white meats and seafood cooked in cream sauces.

Longevity 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Bought • Southside Wine and Spirits, 4920 Hampton Avenue, in August for $15.99

Description • This is a delicious red, but it may not be what you expect in a cabernet sauvignon. The light color and body suggest a red that’s closer to a pinot noir, Bardolino or Valpolicella. A blend of 77% cabernet, 13% arinarnoa, and 10% other dark grapes, this is an easy-to-drink red with soft tannins. It tastes of black cherries with just a hint of oak. It’s a versatile red that would be great with antipasti, pasta and grilled salmon.

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