Summer Wine Series

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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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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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| 

The SIP Files: Mimosa Margaritas

How excited were we when this popped into our timeline? Two of our favorite things all at once!? We couldn't resist sharing this perfect combination. Here's a yummy recipe perfect for brunch by the pool!  

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 c. orange juice
  • 1/2 c. tequila
  • 1/4 c. lime juice
  • Lime wedge, for rimming glasses
  • Coarse salt, for rimming glasses
  • 1 bottle champagne or prosecco
  • Orange and lime slices for serving

When you try the recipe make sure and tag us! Let us know what you do different in the comments!  

Happy drinking!  

|Team BGW| 

Wine Fruit Guide

We drink wine year round so naturally we want to know what tasty fruits go perfect with our favorite beverage so that this summer can be refreshing-- and wine filled! Check out this awesome meme we found with a breakdown of the perfect pairs!  

 

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First up on our list is Pino & Pineapple. Have you tried any of these combos? Which one is your favorite? Talk to us in the comments!

Happy Winesday! 

Summer Wine Series: 3 Wines We Couldn't Live Without #AllSummer16

This summer has been one the hottest that Virginia has seen in a long while! With the heat index reaching days so hot that we could barely keep our cool, having a great wine in hand to indulge was a must! Summer time brings out our cravings for fruity favorites and anything that makes cheese taste even better. (Is that possible you ask?- YES it is!) 

Here's what we simply couldn't live without to help tolerate the summer heat! 

1) Lambrusco

There's yet to be brand of this that I don't like but my favorite is Riunite. This fruity-red, Italian wine is slightly sparkling and designed to be drunk young. Think of a Sweet Red blend meeting a drop of champagne and making love-- that's Lambrusco.  SERVING TIP: Pair this with a lightly seasoned grilled chicken breast and broccoli to really let the flavors shine.  It also pairs great with fried Oreos (yes we tried it!) 

2) Table White

Contrary to popular belief table wines are not cheap wines. They are usually blends of many of your favorites and often heavier in alcohol volume. We tried a phenomenal one from Wine Shop at home during a wine tasting for the blog-- I was floored! It wasn't too fruity or sweet. It is actually the perfect white blend of grapefruit, lime, and lemon with white floral fragrances. SERVING TIP: Table White pairs perfectly with cheddar or swiss cheese to balance out the sweet blend. A rich green salad would accompany the soft round body of this wine as well. 

3) Lot 35

This one was another favorite of mine from Wine Shop at home. It's a dry red wine with flavors of blackberry and black currant that pairs so perfectly with Havarti cheese that I believe Jesus designed the two just for me (and your of course). The black pepper and toasted oak flavors  create a decadent dance on the tongue when sipped right after that bit of Havarti. SERVING TIP: Let this wine breathe for a few hours in your decanter before serving and it is sure to be a hit! 

Lambrusco is a good serving wine to keep stocked just in case company drops by. Lot 35 and the Table White are good newbies to add in rotation you're sure to love. What wines have you tried lately? Talk to us in the comments! We want to try it with you.