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! 


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


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


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


What an amazing takeover! Shanika we can't wait to try your suggestions! 

Happy Sipping! 

|Team BGW|