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Wine Down LIVE: The PERFECT corkscrew

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! 

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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!  

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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!  

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

Holiday Draaanks: Talk 30 to ME

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 Talk 30 to Me, created in honor of my 30th birthday for my blog launch party, is my take on my favorite drink, a mango mojito. I mixed premium white rum, mango nectar, lime, mint, and Cocktail Artist simple syrup. Instead of club soda, I topped it with prosecco... to make it snobby (wink).

 TheCocktail Artist (@cocktailartists) Premium Simple Syrup made by Sadiyyah Iddeen (@saddiatlbartender) really added the right amount of sweetness to the drink and the best part is that it’s only 10 calories, doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial coloring. All their products were developed by award-winning mixologists to help people elevate their cocktail game at home. Pick up a bottle at Walmart!

 Ingredients:

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 5-10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 oz of simple syrup
  • 3 oz mango nectar
  • prosecco

1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint with lime juice

2. Add mango nectar and shake

3. Strain into a glass with ice

4. Top with prosecco

5. Enjoy!

 

Happy Sipping,

 

The Cocktail Snob

IG: @thecocktailsnob_

www.cocktailsnobnyc.com

Wind Down LIVE: Desireé

So excited to have another somm join us for #WineDownLIVE! This week we were happy to have Desireé (@winenoire) joining us to discuss another tasty champagne 🍾 for you to enjoy for the holidays. 

La Marca Prosecco

Let me just say— I loved this! You all know we haven’t had many champagnes or sparkling wines on the show and that’s because of all wine this one is usually the one I reach for the least unless it’s brunch. But baaaaby this one right here? BOMB. Waste not a second in going to pick this up. You will thank me later! 

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Wine rating: 10

What am pairing with this one? French Fries

How am I brunching with this one? Add lemonade, orange juice, and a splash of cranberry.

Check out this neat trick Desiree uses  to save and style her wine labels! Follow her on IG @winenoire. 

Holiday Draaanks: Apple Cider Mimosas

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.

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Pour apple cider into a champagne flute or cup

  2. Top with prosecco or champagne

  3. Enjoy!

 Camille, The Cocktail Snob

www.cocktailsnobnyc.com

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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On Our Radar: The Must Attend Events

Ladies, we can’t be everywhere but every month we will be featuring events that you’ll love all around the world! Check out this months featured events (and we will keep it updated throughout the month! 

Black Men in Wine Celebration

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 Food Before Love Road Trip 

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Wine Crawl Yacht Party

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Stay tuned on this post for updates and new events being added weekly for Sept/October! 

HAPPY SIPPING!  

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 ;)