The power of social media is getting on Twitter one day, tweeting my little heart out when all of a sudden I get an inboxed message! Sonoma Wine Guy and I chat it up and I get invited to Charles Krug Winery. The oldest running winery in Napa. I’m delighted. I say yes and that I’ll be there soon. Here’s a look at what happened next!
Winefriends! It’s #NationalWineDay and I’m so excited!!! Let’s kick off the celebration sharing our fave wines! Talk to me in the comments! Mine are listed below! 💁🏾♀️🍷✨
In honor of #NationalWineDay my top 8 at the moment (in no particular order):
1) @fantescawine King Richards Reserve Pinot Noir
2) @charleskrugwinery Malbec
3) @mcbridesisters Brut Rosé
4) @shoecrazywine Sweet Harmony
5) @marcusjohnson360 FLO Wines Red Blend
6) @vine_wine_club Exclusive White
7) @veuveclicquot Brut NV
8) @ruinart Blanc de blancs
Let me know your favorites so I can try them too!
A list has been put together for us by Marcee Jones and if you join the movement and buy one bottle each month from a Black Wine maker on the list it will take you through to December 2020! Check out the list below, join the movement, and SIP with us! #DiversityInWine #BlackInWine
May, 2019 - Abbey Creek Vineyard & Winery, Bertony Faustin – www.abbeycreekvineyard.com
June, 2019 -@Bakerfamilywines, @Dusty Baker – www.bakerfamilywines.com
July 2019 - Bodkin Wines, Chris Christensen – www.bodkinwines.com
August 2019 - Brown Estate, David Brown – www.brownestate.com
September 2019 - Caldwell Vineyard (not Black owned, but winemaker is), @Marbue Marke – www.caldwellvineyard.com
October 2019 - @Charles Wine Company, @PaulCharles – www.charleswineco.com
November 2019 - Corner 103, @LLoyd Davis – www.corner103.com
December 2019 - Darjean Jones Wines, Dawna Darjean Jones– www.darjeanjoneswines.com
January 2020 - Frichette Winery, Shae Frichette– www.frichettewinery.com
February 2020 - Indigené Cellars, Raymond Smith – www.indigenecellars.com
March 2020 - J. Moss Wines, James Moss– www.jmosswines.com
April 2020 - L'Objet Wines, Dan Glover – www.lobjetwines.com
May 2020 - LOBO Wines (not Black owned, but winemaker is), Victoria Coleman – www.lobowines.com
June 2020 - Longevity Wines, Winery, @Phil Long – www.longevitywines.com
July 2020 - Maison Noir Wines, Andre Hueston Mack – www.maisonnoirwines.com
August 2020 - Okapi Wines, @Dan Johnson – www.okapiwines.com
September 2020 - Sip & Share Winery, Nicole Kearney – www.sipnsharewine.net
October 2020 - Theopolis Vineyards, Theodora Lee – www.theopolisvineyards.com
November 2020 - @Tymphany Wines, @Louis Jordan – www.tymphanywines.com
December 2020 - @VisionCellars, Mac McDonald – www.visioncellars.com
We asked a question on social about a fave brunch drink. Though mimosas are usually a unanimous favorite there’s one that always resonates with me when made perfectly and that’s the Peach Bellini!
It can be made a million different ways (my favorite is with a good Cava) but here’s a recipe I thought was pretty yummy sounding I wanted to share.
- 2 ripe peaches, seeded and diced
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 bottle chilled prosecco sparkling wine
- Place the peaches, lemon juice, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until smooth. Press the mixture through a sieve and discard the peach solids in the sieve. Place 2 tablespoons of the peach puree into each Champagne glass and fill with cold prosecco. Serve immediately.
Image + recipe originally posted on fabfatale.com
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 😂
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
½ cup of your favorite apple cider, chilled (I like to use Trader Joe’s Spiced Cider)
½ cup of prosecco
Pour apple cider into a champagne flute or cup
Top with prosecco or champagne
Camille, The Cocktail Snob
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.
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
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.
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
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
Food Before Love Road Trip
Wine Crawl Yacht Party
Stay tuned on this post for updates and new events being added weekly for Sept/October!