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!
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!
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! 💁🏾♀️🍷✨
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