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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!  

Wine Down LIVE: The PERFECT corkscrew

It was another gorgeous Wednesday in this cold month of January. When is winter over again?! 

If you missed tonight’s episode do yourself a favor and catch up here. If you didn’t then I already know why you’re here. (Your Link is below) Tonight’s showbwas sponsored by The Wine Guys! They are changing the way we accessorize with our wine! From corkscrews to wine tumblers everything they design is for any wine lover! 

 

Use code BGW10 to purchase your chic premium butterfly corkscrew here.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? All the deets and a picture of this fabulous wine tool are below! 

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This corkscrew has padded arms and deep grooves that cushion your hands and fingers for a plush wine opening experience. You cannot go wrong with this baby!  

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This Lunetta Prosecco received an 8.5 raing scale from me and what I love about it is how fruity it is! It’s the perfect sparkling to mix with your fresh juices for brunch. Try this when the girls come over and I promise you’ll love it! 

Until next week happy Sipping winefriends!  

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. 

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! 

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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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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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!

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| 

#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