Hey wine enthusiasts, there’s a fresh update from the vineyard world! The Association of African American Vintners (AAAV), a trailblazing organization that aims to democratize wine, recently welcomed Love Cork Screw founder Chrishon Lampley to their leadership as the vice president. With her electrifying passion and over a decade of wine industry experience, this appointment promises exciting developments for the world of wine.
“Chrishon’s obvious love for the wine industry and her drive to make her own and other Black-led brands succeed in it are very contagious. Her energy makes our organization better,” said Phil Long, president of AAAV and founder and winemaker at Longevity Wines. “Chrishon will be an asset to our leadership team and we look forward to working together, especially on fundraising and building partnerships that will help AAAV members thrive.”
Previously a small organization founded in 2002 to support Black-owned wine brands, AAAV has grown more than 500% and used donations to award nearly 100 wine education scholarships since George Floyd’s murder in 2020. In April 2023, AAAV named five recipients of its inaugural Wine Entrepreneur Grant. Each wine brand founder received $5,000 to positively impact their operations, marketing or innovation efforts and help grow their business.
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