Red wine

Being Mary Jane + Gabrielle Union’s Virtual Wine Tasting

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. 

Sipping Joyously, 

Team BGW

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

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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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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FootballxWine series: Merlot & Ribs

This week was the first in our Football & Wine series. I was so excited to review the Merlot for this weeks pairing recommended by one of my favorite sommeliers Benita Johnson. You don’t have to be watching the NFL to enjoy this months pairings. Dig in and enjoy tonights wine review which was my first rated 10! 

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Bedell Merlot 2015 

The Blueberry and spice that this varietal promises does not disappoint. At first sip this Merlot was rich and fruity and oh-so-gooooood.  The spice isn’t too overwhelming and the blueberry isn’t too heavy. It’s perfextion. Pick this amazing Merlot up here to enjoy with your dinner next week. 

Oh and fun fact about this wine— the 2009 Merlot from Bedell was served at Presidential Inauguration that year! Now you know you’ve got try this presidential selection.   

Purchase here: Bedell Merlot  

Shayla’s wine rating: 10 

Merlot & Ribs 

The dry rub ribs from Mission Barbecue were quite tasty with this Merlot. The grilled flavor was compliment well by the spice of the Merlot. I wasn’t a fan of be sauced Ribs and wine but the original grill will go perfect with a win from the Giants *wink wink*. 

Pairing rating: 9

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HAPPY WEDNESDAY LOVES! Enjoy ;)