Rosé tasting

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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What We’re Loving the last Wednesday of April

We’re back again for another recap of what we’re loving this week. Wine Down LIVE is canceled due to our Founders post surgery regiment but we wanted to make sure you got some great recap deets to carry you through the week!  

What’s New?  

BGW is partnering with Kendra Scott to host a Rosé Tasting in June. The tasting will be dripping in glam, paired with the chicest bites to compliment your Rosé as you shop with exclusive access to Kendra Scott. Tickets go on sale Friday! 

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The Lifestyle Collection: April Recap

The April Collection was dripping in glitter as we curated this custom collection for your inner Wine Snob. This months Collection feature items can be found in our **NEW** monthly write up featured on our Instagram this week. Keep your eyes peeled to catch the collection.

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Wine News

Ayesha Curry has officially made her wine varietal available for purchase and we cannot wait to try it!   She has created a fruit forward Cabernet based red blend with smooth tannins that provides an intense taste. Basically if you appreciate a good Cab, you’ll probably like this wine priced at $89 per bottle.  

Read more about the new Wine venture/partnership with sister-in-law by clicking right here.

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What’s the Spring Wine Event that you should definitely attend? 

Marcia Jones of Urban Connoisseurs is hosting a Black Wine & Food event that will be absolutely fabulous! The event features celebrity chefs Irie & Jouvens and promises to be a treat. If your weekend is looking bleak, get spontaneous and go! Click here for tickets and information.

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What We’re Loving: Entertainment Edition

Soooo we kinda love the name True for Tristan Thompson & Khloe Kardashian’s new little bundle of joy.   Who we’re not loving is Tristan. That’s a whole other story

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Beyoncé not only took Coachella and made it her personal concert series the last two weekends, she broke records, and slayed all of our lives. 

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Not to mention brought back two of our faves! Hey Kelly, Hey Chell! And in case you missed it  Michelle is engaged and couldn’t look happier! The DC girls are winnniinnng! 

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Our inspirational quote for today “Do not be afraid to do what needs to be done, even when no one is looking. Drink your wine and achieve greatness” 

~Tema BGW~ 

Kendra Scott x Black Girls Wine

As BGW grows our goal is to build a pathway for more inclusion, more diversity, and more connections. We’re so excited to be partnering with Kendra Scott! Her story has been one I’ve followed for quite some time and I’m inspired by her tenacity, hard work, and beauty. I’m so honored to be able to partner with Kendra Scott to bring this beautiful event to my hometown.

The Rosé tasting experience will surely be a treat. Check out all the details below! We cannot wait to see you there. 

 

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