The Sip Files

Monday Wine Q&A: Celebrating Max

I had the privilege of actually joining my wine bestie for her show! Catch up on this birthday celebration 🍾 We’re drinking a FLY wine in honor of the expert herself!  

Have you ever had a Ruinart Blanc de Blancs? If you haven’t I’d highly recommend it for you own birthday celebration this year! 

This was a ton of fun to try and my BGW wine rating is a TEN 💁🏾‍♀️🍷✨ 

Please ignore my blinking statue posture in the beginning 😂  

Happy Monday!  

Wine Down LIVE: Girlfriends Wine

This week we have officially found our first Girlfriends wine! What’s a girlfriends wine you ask? It’s a wine perfect for a night in with girls paired with a few good cheeses (Havarti   and Goat cheese are a few of my recent faves) You’ve got to pick this one up! It’s also a fave of our resident wine bestie Maxine. 

  • Varietal: Trivento Amado Sur
  • Wine Rating: TEN
  • Suggested Pairing: Havarti or soft goat cheese
  • BGW label: Girlfriends Wine
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Have a wine you think our founder would love? Leave it in the comments or email her directly for details on sponsorship!  

Meetup Fun: The Winefriends take RVA!

This weekend we hosted our first meetup for Black Girls Wine in Richmond Va and we had a ball! We ate aaaaaalllll the food and drank all the wine. We may have just left Richmond dry 😉 Here’s a visual recap of our entire weekend!  

Friday night dinner + wine station

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Brunch + Winery Saturday  

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Sunday brunch was so good we forgot to get photos but know that brunch was bomb and we are officially planning a meetup tour!

Stay tuned for more details winefriends!  💁🏾‍♀️🍷✨

The World Famous BGW Sangria recipe

At every BGW event our founder makes her famous Sangria and though the recipe switches up regularly there are a few staples that she never leaves out. This recipe is perfect for rescuing a bad bottle of wine too! (If you watched the recent episode of #WineDownLIVE you’ll catch this reference 😩😭) 

 Shayla’s Sangria MUST

2 Frozen Fruit pack

- (1) that includes pineapples + 1 that includes berries

1  bottle of Cran-apple juice  

1 Red Wine 

1 Moscato (or sweet white wine) 

1 Rosé  

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Mix all above ingredients in large pitcher and pour it up,pour it up! 

Did you make your own version of this Sangria? Comment below and let us know! 

- Team BGW

Holiday Draaanks: Talk 30 to ME

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 Talk 30 to Me, created in honor of my 30th birthday for my blog launch party, is my take on my favorite drink, a mango mojito. I mixed premium white rum, mango nectar, lime, mint, and Cocktail Artist simple syrup. Instead of club soda, I topped it with prosecco... to make it snobby (wink).

 TheCocktail Artist (@cocktailartists) Premium Simple Syrup made by Sadiyyah Iddeen (@saddiatlbartender) really added the right amount of sweetness to the drink and the best part is that it’s only 10 calories, doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial coloring. All their products were developed by award-winning mixologists to help people elevate their cocktail game at home. Pick up a bottle at Walmart!

 Ingredients:

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 5-10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 oz of simple syrup
  • 3 oz mango nectar
  • prosecco

1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint with lime juice

2. Add mango nectar and shake

3. Strain into a glass with ice

4. Top with prosecco

5. Enjoy!

 

Happy Sipping,

 

The Cocktail Snob

IG: @thecocktailsnob_

www.cocktailsnobnyc.com

Wind Down LIVE: Desireé

So excited to have another somm join us for #WineDownLIVE! This week we were happy to have Desireé (@winenoire) joining us to discuss another tasty champagne 🍾 for you to enjoy for the holidays. 

La Marca Prosecco

Let me just say— I loved this! You all know we haven’t had many champagnes or sparkling wines on the show and that’s because of all wine this one is usually the one I reach for the least unless it’s brunch. But baaaaby this one right here? BOMB. Waste not a second in going to pick this up. You will thank me later! 

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Wine rating: 10

What am pairing with this one? French Fries

How am I brunching with this one? Add lemonade, orange juice, and a splash of cranberry.

Check out this neat trick Desiree uses  to save and style her wine labels! Follow her on IG @winenoire. 

Holiday Draaanks: Apple Cider Mimosas

Here is a twist on a classic, Apple Cider Mimosas. This is a simple and delicious recipe that will impress your brunch guests. I recommend a spiced cider (think cinnamon and cloves). If you’re feeling frisky, you can even make the cider from scratch.

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Pour apple cider into a champagne flute or cup

  2. Top with prosecco or champagne

  3. Enjoy!

 Camille, The Cocktail Snob

www.cocktailsnobnyc.com

Wine Down LIVE: Wait this isn’t Champagne?!

Winefriends! 

Didn't we get our lives last night for #WineDownLIVE with our dear friend Max?! We learned so much from how to hold a wine glass to differentiating sweet to dry varietials. 

Here’s a few take seats from last nights episode.

All Champagne is NOT Champagne.

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The only wines that are called Champagne are wines that are produced from the Champagne region of France. All other bubbly varietals are referenced as sparkling wines. Depending on where these sparkling wines are produced they may have different names. 

On Wednesday night we enjoyed a Crémant de Bourgogne, a sparkling varietal from Burgundy. It was quite delicious with notes of strawberry and cherry. This wine rated a 9 on the BGW wine scale and is definitely being paired with brunch any day of the week! 

The Sweet Scale

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We also learned how to tell where wines fall on the sweet to not so sweet scale by paying attention to what what’s on the label. Here’s a breakdown of things you may see on the bottle and what you can expect. 

 In order from sweet to dry:

Doux - yes sugar yes! 

Demi-sec - sweet treat

Extra Dry - moscato lovers beware 

Brut - sweet lovers don’t even bother 

Extra Brut - sis, this the end of the road

Don’t be a Heathen. 

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Max also taught us the proper way to hold our glass. At the stem not near the rim! When you hold your wine glass at the base (or the stem) you prevent from accidentally warming up your wine with your body heat! All the classy ladies do this

Want to catch up on more fun from last nights episode? Click here to watch

Happy Sipping! 

How to Drink Responsibly This Festive Season

Hello BGW winefriends!

Now that we are heading into a festive period, a lot of crates will be downed. Wine and whisky bottles opened. Cocktails will be made and events attended. I cannot tell people not to drink. (And of course we here at BGW encourage you to enjoy the wine life) However, I can show you how to drink responsibly.

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Let’s be honest, it is hard to live a healthy lifestyle when all you do is drink. However, it is still possible to drink moderately and still be healthy. In this post, I will take you on a journey to help you tweak your drinking habits for your health’s sake.

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You need to understand how alcohol works when it gets into your body. So Jade (*Random name) is downing drinks at a party. She is taking whiskey on the rocks and doing shots with her friends. The alcohol (ethanol) makes its way to Jade’s stomach where around 20-25% of it gets absorbed into her bloodstream at once. As she continues to show her friends that she can handle herself,  the alcohol goes to her small intestines where it is absorbed in the bloodstream. Once it’s in her bloodstream, the alcohol slowly heads toward to her liver for metabolism. Her liver continues taking it weekend after weekend, month after month. This is her life.

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Surprising Facts That Jade Doesn’t Know

1. Alcohol use can be a slippery slope. Moderate drinking can offer some health benefits. But heavy drinking can have serious consequences.

2. A standard liver breaks down alcohol at the rate of about one ounce every 90 minutes. An ounce is equal to one shot, a normal beer, a regular sized glass of wine. Jade is taking 5 shots in two hours.

3. Women metabolize alcohol slower than men.  Jade is doing shots with the boys. Lady, don’t try to keep up with the guys. Don’t.

4. If your liver is too overwhelmed, the alcohol remains in your body until your liver can metabolize it all. And Jade wonders why she woke up drunk.

5. Alcohol dehydrates you. Oh, that is why you keep peeing every 30 minutes when you are drinking? Jade doesn’t know that you pee more than you take in so your body dries out slowly. Scary huh?

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 Health: How To Be a More Responsible Drinker

1. Stay Hydrated.

2. Use water as a mixture. Also if you plan to make cocktails, incorporate more ice & fresh juices

3. Avoid shots and if you must, do one per 2 hrs and then hydrate.

4. If you are a lady, don’t try to keep up with the guys. If you are a guy, don’t force the ladies to keep up with you.

5. Take your time. There is no rush. Stop downing drinks like it’s a competition.

6. Remember, ‘The darker the drink, the worse the hangovers’. Hydrate.

7. Order Light cocktails. If a cocktail has more than one type of liquor beware. Most menus have cocktail ingredients so you can know what is in that fancy cocktail glass.

8. Don’t mix different types of liquors. Stick to Vodka, gin, whiskey, wine etc. In this scenario, having a variety/ mixing up will not do you good.

9. Don’t drink on an empty stomach.

10. Don’t drink if you don’t have to. Save all your wine drinking for those big occasions to give your body a rest! 

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Most importantly DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!

 Be safe winefriends! 

 

Sipping Slow, 

 Jean Wandimi

thewineandfoodreview.com

IG: @jeanwandimi

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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~