Press Alert 🚨: Thrive Mentee of the Month

With all the growth happening at BGW there’s no way it’s happening all on it own. Our founder has an amazing tribe that has been pushing her to expand, grow her reach, and use her voice— and it’s not just family who’s pushing her!  

Sydney Lester (ChicStripes) and Brian Beard (RiverCity Food Tours) have had an integral part in helping Shayla stay focused and encourage her to pursue every idea she’s come up with for Black Girls Wine. Especially the ideas that scare her most! 

This interview is a deeper look behind the brand and into the mind of Shayla Varnado. Take a look:  http://grsbdc.com/?p=12371

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Photo taken of article linked here:  http://grsbdc.com/?p=12371

Kendra Scott x Black Girls Wine

As BGW grows our goal is to build a pathway for more inclusion, more diversity, and more connections. We’re so excited to be partnering with Kendra Scott! Her story has been one I’ve followed for quite some time and I’m inspired by her tenacity, hard work, and beauty. I’m so honored to be able to partner with Kendra Scott to bring this beautiful event to my hometown.

The Rosé tasting experience will surely be a treat. Check out all the details below! We cannot wait to see you there. 

 

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#WhatWereLoving Wednesday & everything in between

 

Happy Wednesday wine besties!

I miss you all so much tonight but I am still under the weather so I am unable to go LIVE! But that will not stop our party! I obviously am drinking nothing but Theraflu but that doesn't mean there aren't a few things I'm super excited about. Check out #WhatWereLoving Wednesday and make sure to talk back in the comments!

Diddy is making wine

Not to sure what his first label will be but we’re definitely looking forward to what is in the works. Looks like right now he’s accepting contact regarding the wine & spirits brand. (So if you’re a wine maker I would head on over like

now. Click here)

 

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The Congressional Black Caucus “won’t here for none” last night...and we weren’t either! 

Last night members of the congressional black Caucus showed OWT at the #SOTU rocking Kente cloth in response to Trumps recent comments about Africa. Too much? We think not

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Marley Dias is slaying the game— and she’s only 13! 

In case you missed our recent fave boss chick who’s been everywhere Miss Marley Davis (@iamamrleydavis On IG) should be your teenager daughters hero. If she isn’t support this BOSS young author by making sure her book hits every child’s hands that you know! Marley we are so proud! Click here to order.

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 WCW Award for this week goes too...

 Angela Bassett

Who else would show up to the red carpet and snatch our edges like this???  

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Were you loving Auntie Angie’s look? Or were you feeling someone else’s more? 

I’ll be back next week at 8:30pm EST sharp! I can’t wait to see you then!  

 Making Sick Look Chic,

Shayla V

PRESS Alert 🚨: BGW founder interviewed on The Color of Wine podcast

Sukari Bowman is the Black Girl Magic behind @loveandvines and The Color of Wine podcast. After experiencing BGW first hand at our SIP ATL event Sukari fell in love with the brand and our founder fell for her too! A sisterhood was sparked and this interview is a delightful conversation on wine, being the only black woman in the room, and what’s coming up for BGW. 

Dive in and take a listen by clicking the link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-color-of-wine-podcast/id1219738577?mt=2&i=1000400586814

 

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Sukari & Shayla @ BGW SIP ATL event  

PRESS Alert 🚨: Meet the Founder feature by sommelier, Benita Johnson

Our founder was featured in a write up by the amazing sommelier and founder of The Vine Club, Benita Johnson. Check out the feature below! 

 

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I had the great pleasure of meeting this awesome lady a few months ago. I knew of “Blacks Girls Wine” but hadn’t looked up long enough to realize that it was founded in my own front yard, my city, Richmond, VA. Shayla is phenomenal and shares her awesome journey of stepping out there, getting a few scrapes and bruises, taking the lessons and planning for a great return.

 

Meet Shayla Courtney Varnado and Blacks Girls Wine at the Behind the Business -East Conference on February 10, 2018 at the Dominion Arts Center in Richmond, VA. Get your tickets here. 

Click here to dive deeper into the interview: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/meet-founder-black-girls-wine-benita-johnson

Wine Down LIVE episode # 003: Unboxing the January Collection #SnuggleUp

Our first collection of 2018 was all about the cozy wine down experience. The January box was curated with a cold winter night in mind no matter where you are or who you with it’s always fun to Snuggle Up. 

Watch the replay of the episode to get an inside look at what’s included in the The Lifestyle Collection! (You can also click here to watch: https://www.facebook.com/BlackGirlsWine/videos/1272086116225650/ )  

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Wine Down LIVE: Episode 001: A tasty Shiraz, Omorosa, & celebrating Essence Magazine

Welcome to 2018 with Black Girls Wine! We are so excited that this year we have launched our LIVE show featuring our founder, Shayla Varnado.

Wine Down LIVE is all about bringing black culture, wine, and the celebration of black girl magic all in one place!

Every week you will be able to chat with our founder LIVE as Shayla provides us with a full wine review and entertaining discussion on what we're loving

Check out this weeks episode where she reviews a super yummy Shiraz from Azari Vineyards.

Use code BLACKGIRLSWINE for FREE shipping on your order of Shiraz. Click here to purchase this week's feature. 

The SIP Files: Black Box Wine Review

First up for our monthly wine review is the Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon. My husband brought Black Box home for my weekly TGIT date night with myself to surprise me and at first like most wine lovers I gave the box a side eye. But at first sip this wine was absolutely delicious I knew I wanted to review it but then I decided to read the box -- it's supposed to stay good for 6 weeks!

True to it's claim, six week later this beauty was in fact still just as fresh and delicious! I give this beauty an 8 out of 10! This cab was impressively smooth, dry enough to pair with a yummy alfredo or savory salmon-- but not bitter at all! The important question is did it last 6 weeks? YES! This wine was as fresh week 6 as it was on day one!

If you give it a try let me know what you think!

-Shayla

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Summer Wine Tour Recap

Oh what a glorious summer it was! 2017 was filled with wine and black girl magic. We laughed, joked, sipped, and entertained in our first summer wine tour! We hit 3 cities this summer and had a ball in each one. In every city our goal was to provide an intimate, memorable, classic experience-- and the ladies loved it in every city even with each event being different. Check out our summer travels below! 

SIP DC event

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We had the ladies play a few drinking games to compete for awesome prizes! 

 With so many options to choose from the ladies had a lot to taste!  

With so many options to choose from the ladies had a lot to taste!  

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Mixing, mingling, and having a good time!  

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Sorry we couldn't get our group photo done before all the other ladies left but man did we have a good time!  

SIP ATL 

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ATL was such a chocolate filled city!  

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The face you make when your friend says she may not want more wine 😂 Our new wine Sakuri Brown of @LoveAndVines  

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New Wine. New Friends.  

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Wine scented soaps from @QualeeteeProducts are always the perfect giveaway!  

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Signature BGW glasses for all the beautiful ladies 

Up In Smoke - RVA 

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Ticket Winners for RVA giveaway! 

We had a blast on our summer tour and will be adding cities for summer 2018! Make sure to stay tuned 💁🏾🍷✨ 

Instagram Takeover Recap feat. Shanika Hillocks

Last weekend we had the pleasure of partnering with Shanika Hillocks, PR professional in the food and beverage industry, named by Essence magazine has one of the "10 black women in the culinary industry". She shared all of her summer wine must haves for Summer 17! We've included a recap of her takeover right here on the blog for you to enjoy. Shanika we thoroughly enjoyed you! 

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Hello, everyone! Shanika here. The first grape we'll dive into is Chenin Blanc. Hailing from the Loire Valley, this varietal is now quite prominent in South Africa. So much so, that there are more than 50% of the world's vineyards are planted there.

So why Chenin? It's a sweet spot for both the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc lover, and the price point is reasonable, $12-$20 bucks.

Bright acidity and body found in Chenin make it super food friendly. It's also one of my favorites to enjoy with BBQ, as it cuts through the smoke and spicy flavors. #DrinkChenin #SHDrinks

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Shanika here! Everything's coming up 🌹s today as we dive into our next wine: Rosé.

One thing that's been beneficial to my wine experience is finding local bars and restaurants, with great lists, where I can taste unique labels. In Harlem, my go-to is @vinateria.

Their 2016 Terra Vecchia Ile de Beauté Rosé hails from Corsica, France. This wine touts a clean, mineral-forward palate that's the perfect cool down on a hot, summer day. Pair this selection with oysters and fresh salads. #SHDrinks

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Morning all! It's Shanika, closing my last day of the takeover with orange wines. After making a splash last year, orange wines--skin contact Pinot Grigio--are labels I like to keep in rotation. The color is unexpected, are great for a summer spread and come in variety of styles.

Looking for a label to start? Try the 2009 Dario Princic, Ribolla Gialla (L). Dario Princic is an old-school producer of orange wine hailing from a region, Friuli, that's made this style their own. Dried apricot, preserved orange, saffron and white button mushrooms can be found here, and I'm thinking steak.

I'm signing off for now, but had a great time chatting with you all. Follow me for wine happenings and stay in touch over at @shanikahillocks. Cheers and have a wonderful summer! #SHDrinks

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What an amazing takeover! Shanika we can't wait to try your suggestions! 

Happy Sipping! 

|Team BGW|