FootballxWine series: Pizza & Wine

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“It’s a hard knock life for us...” 

Remember that classic JayZ hit? Well Chrishon Lampley of Love Cork Screw labeled her wine with the catchy phrase and her wine, like the classic rap is a complete HIT! 

This week on Wine Down LIVE I put this Concord grape varietal to the test with a classic cheese pizza. Though the pizza left a lot to be desired the pairing itself went well together.

Thank God the wine saved this combo! I love the rich flavor of this wine. To me the Concord grape shows up and came to Part-tay with all the wine lovers no matter how sweet or dry you like it. 

Watch the LIVE episode here

Buy the wine here

Wine Rating: 9.5

Pairing Rating: 7 (the pizza was terrible haha) 

Notes: Serve this table red with pizza or snacks and at any gathering for all wine lovers! 

If you pick this one up you have to let me know how you like it! 

 

Want to learn more about the Concord grape? Check out this Wine Folly article here.   

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On Our Radar: The Must Attend Events

Ladies, we can’t be everywhere but every month we will be featuring events that you’ll love all around the world! Check out this months featured events (and we will keep it updated throughout the month! 

Black Men in Wine Celebration

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 Food Before Love Road Trip 

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Get your tickets & details: Click Here 

Wine Crawl Yacht Party

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Tickets and details: Click Here

Stay tuned on this post for updates and new events being added weekly for Sept/October! 

HAPPY SIPPING!  

FootballxWine series: Merlot & Ribs

This week was the first in our Football & Wine series. I was so excited to review the Merlot for this weeks pairing recommended by one of my favorite sommeliers Benita Johnson. You don’t have to be watching the NFL to enjoy this months pairings. Dig in and enjoy tonights wine review which was my first rated 10! 

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Bedell Merlot 2015 

The Blueberry and spice that this varietal promises does not disappoint. At first sip this Merlot was rich and fruity and oh-so-gooooood.  The spice isn’t too overwhelming and the blueberry isn’t too heavy. It’s perfextion. Pick this amazing Merlot up here to enjoy with your dinner next week. 

Oh and fun fact about this wine— the 2009 Merlot from Bedell was served at Presidential Inauguration that year! Now you know you’ve got try this presidential selection.   

Purchase here: Bedell Merlot  

Shayla’s wine rating: 10 

Merlot & Ribs 

The dry rub ribs from Mission Barbecue were quite tasty with this Merlot. The grilled flavor was compliment well by the spice of the Merlot. I wasn’t a fan of be sauced Ribs and wine but the original grill will go perfect with a win from the Giants *wink wink*. 

Pairing rating: 9

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HAPPY WEDNESDAY LOVES! Enjoy ;) 

Chocolate Wine? Wine Not?!

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this beauty in my local wine shop. I had heard of the Chocolate wine but not dared try it. This week on #WineDownLIVE I braved the unknown and to my surprise— this wine was a WIN! 

The chocolate flavor is just strong enough to make it sweet but not so strong you lose the grape taste and feel of this red blend.

On a scale of 1-10 I rated this delectable varietal a 9!

It was tasty and not as sweet as sounds, making it the perfect after dinner treat for any wine lover. This one you’ve got to pick up because I was thoroughly impressed with this varietal and will definitely be picking it up again! 

Label: Rapidan River Chocolate Wine

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Wine Slushies with Meaghan

One of our newest winefriends slid into our DMs with an amazing Wine slushie we couldn’t resist sharing! It’s the perfect summer recipe to keep you cool and wine you down. Thanks Meaghan! 

 

Wine Slushie goodness 

1cup of Wine >>depending on the day I’ll say 2 cups or keep pouring until you’re happy ;)

1 1/2 cups Frozen fruit (I prefer strawberries & blackberries and peaches)

2 cups of ice to blend

 

If you’re like me and trying to get rid of a wine you’re not to fond of this is the perfect recipe! Just in cases that wine wasn’t too sweet you may also add simple syrup (sugar) to your preference. 

 

Happy Sipping!

Meaghan Odum 

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What We’re Loving: May Favorites

It seems like this month has been going on forever! And the long weekend definitely only added to that feeling. May has been full of faves that we couldn’t wait to share with you. Make sure to watch a recap of the most recent episode of #WineDownLIVE to catch the full review!

Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe

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We mentioned this yummy recipe during the LIVE show this week and all the ladies wanted details so here’s the recipe from our founder! If you try it out make sure to share it with us on social with the hashtag #bgwWineDown. 

1 container of pre-cut zoodles  

1 pack of organic chicken breast

2 tablespoons of Garlic Herb Butter (Sam’s Club) 

1/2 jar of Classico Pesto Pasta Sauce

Seasonings: Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Pepper, Oregano, Parsley

Directions: Clean, Season, and cook your chicken breast on top of the stove in olive oil until soft but cooked thoroughy. Add pesto sauce and butter. Once butter has melted down add zoodles. DO NOT cook zoodles longer than 5-7 minutes to make sure they maintain their firm texture and don’t get too mushy. Add extra seasoning and parmesan to taste. 

 Mischo Beauty

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Not every girl uses her nail time for self care but if you do then you must try this black owned nail laquer brand! We absolutely love them and our founder is way too obsessed (like owns almost the entire collection obsessed). The product where’s well, goes on thick like a gel and last at least 7 days. The color options are so gorge! Color shown above: ‘Unbroken’ 

Catch the rest of our my faves on Wine Down LIVE every Wednesday at 8:30pm Eastern!

What We’re Loving: Memorial Day Weekend edition

Besides being your go to for everything wine we also know you’d love our input on everything else that’s a must have for your life! Here’s what we’re loving for this weekend!

Black Girl Sunscreen

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In case you missed the memo, we all need something to protect our precious melanin. We were absolutely thrilled to see there’s a product designed just for us! We’re excited to make this a part of our summertime fine regimen for fun in the sun! Click here for more information! 

Becoming
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While we can’t make you read and drink wine at the same time (it does take some level of skill to wine stain a book to perfection) this one is sure to worth the risk! Auntie Michelle is going to help us get our life this full!

You can preorder it now wherever books are sold. We just wanted to send you into this weekend with some joy. (Yes, BecomingMichelleObama.com is up and running) 

 Tassels

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 Last summer tassels were a thing and this summer they’re back with a vengeance. We couldn’t be happier! Whether you’re rocking them on your ears or your summer scarf they’re worth giving them a try. 

What are you loving this week as we prepare for a lovely long weekend? Talk to us in the comments! 

Get you some with that wine this weekend!

|TEAM BGW

Friday Cheers: The epic recap — Flip Flop Wine did us WRONG!

For all of you who’ve been missing our live show over on Facebook now is the time get on it!Wine Down LIVEis every Wednesday and this week our founder sent out a huge warning message.

Flip Flop Wine has a Crisp White that taste like flat Sprite and stale moscato while magically managing to smell like your old Uncle Eddy’s 40 left out overnight. Yes, it was that gross.

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But if youre looking for something quick to run to the beach with at least the ocean water won’t taste so bad when you accidentally get it in your mouth

*shoulder shrug*  

We didn’t make it, we just taste it!  

Catch the full review in our new studio over on Facebook now! 

Happy Sipping on this Fabulous Memorial Day Weekend!

 | TEAM BGW| 

What We’re Loving the last Wednesday of April

We’re back again for another recap of what we’re loving this week. Wine Down LIVE is canceled due to our Founders post surgery regiment but we wanted to make sure you got some great recap deets to carry you through the week!  

What’s New?  

BGW is partnering with Kendra Scott to host a Rosé Tasting in June. The tasting will be dripping in glam, paired with the chicest bites to compliment your Rosé as you shop with exclusive access to Kendra Scott. Tickets go on sale Friday! 

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The Lifestyle Collection: April Recap

The April Collection was dripping in glitter as we curated this custom collection for your inner Wine Snob. This months Collection feature items can be found in our **NEW** monthly write up featured on our Instagram this week. Keep your eyes peeled to catch the collection.

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Wine News

Ayesha Curry has officially made her wine varietal available for purchase and we cannot wait to try it!   She has created a fruit forward Cabernet based red blend with smooth tannins that provides an intense taste. Basically if you appreciate a good Cab, you’ll probably like this wine priced at $89 per bottle.  

Read more about the new Wine venture/partnership with sister-in-law by clicking right here.

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What’s the Spring Wine Event that you should definitely attend? 

Marcia Jones of Urban Connoisseurs is hosting a Black Wine & Food event that will be absolutely fabulous! The event features celebrity chefs Irie & Jouvens and promises to be a treat. If your weekend is looking bleak, get spontaneous and go! Click here for tickets and information.

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What We’re Loving: Entertainment Edition

Soooo we kinda love the name True for Tristan Thompson & Khloe Kardashian’s new little bundle of joy.   Who we’re not loving is Tristan. That’s a whole other story

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Beyoncé not only took Coachella and made it her personal concert series the last two weekends, she broke records, and slayed all of our lives. 

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Not to mention brought back two of our faves! Hey Kelly, Hey Chell! And in case you missed it  Michelle is engaged and couldn’t look happier! The DC girls are winnniinnng! 

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Our inspirational quote for today “Do not be afraid to do what needs to be done, even when no one is looking. Drink your wine and achieve greatness” 

~Tema BGW~ 

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