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ABS is proud to celebrate Black history throughout 2021 and we are highlighting Black-owned wine and spirits brands as well as prominent Black voices within mainstream brands.Join us in celebrating the makers, industry leaders and brands that are breaking barriers and whose stories continue to inspire us all.

Together we can AMPLIFY. BLACK. VOICES.

 

Keenan Towns, Trusted Spirits

Trusted Spirits, co-founded by Keenan Towns, is one of the only beverage suppliers that focuses on solely developing celebrity and influencer wine and spirits brands.

Their debut brand, INDOGGO Gin, was created by entertainment icon and hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg.

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Torrence Swain, Silencio Mezcal

Torrence Swain originally came to DC to join the hospitality industry with a focus on cocktails. Now he leads a powerhouse team that is responsible for the nation's #1 mezcal brand.

They've revived the ancient art of artisanal mezcal and delivered it to the masses.

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Carmelita Hilliard, Look Vodka

After noticing so few alcohol brands created with African American women in mind, Carmelita Hilliard’s entrepreneurial spirit was unleashed.

In 2018, she partnered with a local Maryland distillery to create her inaugural brand, Look Vodka.

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Kevin Larkai, Blackleaf Vodka

A chance meeting with a fifth-generation cognac maker changed Kevin Larkai’s life forever. The result? The birth of Blackleaf Vodka.

Made in the heart of France with organic winter wheat, This is the first French organic vodka on the market.

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Phil Long, Longevity Wines

Phil Long began his journey making wine in his garage with his (late) wife, Debra Green. Now this winemaker, founder of Longevity Wines and President of the Association of African American Vintners continues to share their love story through the label on each bottle that he designed himself.

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Brenae Royal, Louis M. Martini

The vineyard manager for Sonoma’s historic Monte Rosso vineyard, Brenae Royal knows subplots like the back of her hand. And it’s her hands that help make Louis M. Martini what it is today. What started as a love of farming, crops, and horticulture turned into an amazing career in wine.

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Victoria Butler, Uncle Nearest

Victoria Butler, Uncle Nearest's master blender, is the great-great-granddaughter of the brand's namesake, Nathan Green, the first African-American master distiller. 

Green, a.k.a. “Uncle Nearest”, was the former slave who taught Jack Daniel to make whiskey.

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Duane Sylvestre, The Campari Group

D.C. celebrity bartender, Duane Sylvestre, is armed with over 20 years of hospitality experience and is a brand ambassador for The Campari Group. His creative concoctions have been recognized in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Wine Enthusiast, GQ, Garden & Gun, Ebony Magazine & Oprah.com.

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