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!
If you live in New York, you know the most anticipated season of the year is SUMMER. After a long, unbearable winter with virtually zero hours of sunlight, NYers are ready to show up and show OUT. If you’re looking for some cool, cocktail-centric events to check out this summer, The Cocktail Snob's got you. I did the research so you don’t have to. Read on for the hottest summer events in NYC.
Technically, the purpose of this Vueve Clicquot-sponsored event is to have a picnic and watch a polo match. But let’s be honest...This one’s for the bad and bougies who wanna show off their summer best and sip on bubbly. Sign me up!
Date & Time: Saturday, June 1
Location: Liberty State Park
Cost: $90-$475-get tickets here
2. Rose´ Wine Mansion
That’s right-it’s back! And this time it’s bigger than last year. If you’re unfamiliar, Rose Mansion is a wine bar, wine museum, and amusement park all rolled into one with some awesome backdrops and props to create Insta-worthy shots. Sip pink wine from all over the world as you make your way through 14 interactive rooms and get educated on summer’s favorite wine. Your ticket includes a wine glass, 8 wine tastings, and a few other goodies.
Date & Time: Starts on Saturday, June 1 and continues through the end of the summer
Location: 111 32nd Street
An absolutely zincredible collaboration amongst some of the best vintners in the world. Get a taste of a wide variety of Zinfandels poured by some of the founders of the modern American wine movement.
Date & Time: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 6pm-8pm
Location: Houston Hall
Cost: $59-$79-get tickets here
As the name suggests, this an opportunity to kick off your summer with gourmet bacon dishes and unlimited craftbeer from New York’s best restaurants. At the “Bacon and Beer Paradise”, you can enjoy live entertainment while a panel of expert judges selects the best dish and beer.
Date & Time: Saturday, June 8, noon-10pm
Location: The Brooklyn Mirage
Cost: $69-$119-get tickets here
5. New York Rum Fest
.Brought to you by RumLab.com, this festival is all about education and premium rum tastings.
Date & Time: Saturday, June 15, 2pm-8pm
Location: Metropolitan West
Cost: $35-$110-get tickets here
It didn't take long for this festival to become a NYC summer staple. Since 2016, organizers have seen thousands of people come for a day or weekend of food, live entertainment, a pool, and of course spirits. Put on your best pink and white outfit and drink up all the rose´.
Date & Time: Saturday, July 19 & Sunday, July 20
Location: Randall's Island Park
Cost: $95-$500-get tickets here
Food Before Love, a site created for foodies by foodies, is hosting their signature midnight brunch boat ride this summer. But this time, it's mask on for the masquerade party. Between sips of bottomless mimosas, nosh on brunch appetizers and make some new foodie friends.
Date & Time: Friday, August 9, 11:30pm-3:30pm
Location: The Skyport Marina
Cost: $55-$90-get tickets here
Sample and vote for cocktails from the city’s best mixologists. After your libations, head to the rooftop for an afterparty.
Date & Time: Sunday, August 18th I 3PM-9PM
Location: Melrose Ballroom, Long Island City
Cost: $65-$75-get tickets here
An annual event, showcasing the best margaritas NYC (and beyond) has to offer. Your ticket gets you eight margaritas, an all-access VIP badge, food & drink specials, and access to live entertainment. Don’t forget to tip your bartenders!
Date & Time: Saturday, August 24th, noon-10pm
Location: TBD/Bars in NYC
Cost: $65 per person-get tickets here
**Honorable Mention: NYC Summer Tippler Passbook
This isn’t an event per se, but the summer Tippler is a great way to explore even more of the exquisite cocktails NYC has to offer. For just $35, this handy dandy passbook is your ticket to 15 of the city’s best craft cocktails.
Get yours here!
Happy sipping winefriends!
”The Cocktail Snob”
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
I spent all of 2018 analyzing Wine for my studies. So much so, that once I got on the other side of the CMS Certified Sommelier and WSET 3 Exams, I simply wanted to drink wine because I liked it again. I currently find joy in drinking wines that aren't "testable" lol. But every once in a while, that itch comes back.
Last week, one of my Wine Boo's, @blackgirlsdinetoo was at a blind tasting, and a discussion about Riesling vs Gewurztraminer brought it back for me. There's a gratifying rush when you get the wine right! And if you bang up a flight which definitely happens, you live to fight another day.
So, what's the point of Sight, Smell, Taste, & Conclusion, if you're not taking a test?
For me, and many others, wine is a sensory experience. Looking at a wine prepares me for what I could or should expect on my nose and palate. The clarity, color, its intensity, rim variation, the tears/legs, evidence of gas all give clues based on the database I've built from wines I've had in the past.
Here’s a few Fun Facts:
1- As White wines get older, they get darker in color, while Red Wines get lighter.
2- Tears/Legs are not a quality indicator. What they can indicate is either high alcohol/and or high sugar content. They are pretty to look at though!
Next time you pour a glass, hold it up against a white background, and start to build your database, if you haven’t already. What are you opening up this week? Talk to me in the comments!
We couldn’t be more excited about the Being Mary Jane Finale tomorrow night! So excited in fact that we’re hosting a watch party tomorrow night in our super-secret-not-so-secret Facebook group tomorrow night! You can join our group here to hang out with us during the show!
The show starts at 8 pm on BET so don’t be late!
Here’s a fun video of Gabrielle doing a wine tasting of a few different varietals. What will you be drinking tomorrow night? Leave us a note in the comments and share!
When you’re finishing watching don’t forget to come hang with us in our group right here on Facebook.
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 😂
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
Have a wine you think our founder would love? Leave it in the comments or email her directly for details on sponsorship!
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!
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
Brunch + Winery Saturday
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! 💁🏾♀️🍷✨