Wine Down LIVE: Episode 001: A tasty Shiraz, Omorosa, & celebrating Essence Magazine

Welcome to 2018 with Black Girls Wine! We are so excited that this year we have launched our LIVE show featuring our founder, Shayla Varnado.

Wine Down LIVE is all about bringing black culture, wine, and the celebration of black girl magic all in one place!

Every week you will be able to chat with our founder LIVE as Shayla provides us with a full wine review and entertaining discussion on what we're loving

Check out this weeks episode where she reviews a super yummy Shiraz from Azari Vineyards.

Use code BLACKGIRLSWINE for FREE shipping on your order of Shiraz. Click here to purchase this week's feature. 

The SIP Files: Black Box Wine Review

First up for our monthly wine review is the Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon. My husband brought Black Box home for my weekly TGIT date night with myself to surprise me and at first like most wine lovers I gave the box a side eye. But at first sip this wine was absolutely delicious I knew I wanted to review it but then I decided to read the box -- it's supposed to stay good for 6 weeks!

True to it's claim, six week later this beauty was in fact still just as fresh and delicious! I give this beauty an 8 out of 10! This cab was impressively smooth, dry enough to pair with a yummy alfredo or savory salmon-- but not bitter at all! The important question is did it last 6 weeks? YES! This wine was as fresh week 6 as it was on day one!

If you give it a try let me know what you think!



Wine Down Comedy: Ghost Friends, Season Finale, & Season Recap

We have been so busy planning the summer of wine for all of you that we've neglected to blog all the goodness that is Dawn Melissa ! She tells nothing but the truth about all those creepy ghost followers and then goes in with Writer/Producer Katrina Smith Jackson about avoiding questions. The grand season finale is also a great breakdown of this years hottest blockbuster hit GET OUT. She brings her usual upbeat energy to every single episode for a juicy recap of Come Wine With Me! Make sure to go back and watch them all and subscribe. Happy watching!

Catch the recap here.

Wine Down Comedy with Dawn Melissa!

Wine Down Comedy with Dawn Melissa!

There is no other way to describe Dawn Melissa than a must-have indulgence! We loved her so much that we're bringing Season 3 of 'Come Wine With Me' to the Black Girls Wine blog! From her comedic expressions to her bold opinions we welcome this beauty and every ounce of her black girl magic to our world. 

The Sip Files: Let's warm up and get tipsy!

Imagine our excitement when we found out that someone had in fact created a hot chocolate wine combination! Who doesn't want to wine down in warmth during the cold winter months ahead? Don't worry we've got you covered. Here's a list of ingredients and quick instructions for the deliciousness that is wine hot chocolate *Yum*

First you'll need: 

1/2 cup of milk

1/3 cup of dark chocolate

1 cup of wine (Cabernet Sauvignon) 

Warm milk and dark chocolate together in a pan until the chocolate is all melted and has become one with the milk. Next at the cup of red wine and stir well. SIP & ENJOY. 

Of course don't let us limit you to one cup of the Cab :) Did you make the recipe? Tag us on IG (@blackgirlswine) we want to see what's mixing in your kitchen!

Image sourced from  here   Recipe sourced from  here

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The Hit List: A simple guide for National Chocolate Day & Wine

On National Chocolate day it's only right that we pay tribute and toast not only to Chocolate girls but to the decadence that is Cocoa! When pairing chocolate with wine you want to make sure that the chocolate is not sweeter than your wine so that the wine won't taste bitter. Today is also a good excuse to buy the GOOD chocolate (which pairs better with wine than a cheap chocolate candy any day).

Here's a list of wines that you can't go wrong pairing with your favorite chocolate treat.

White Chocolate pairs with: Moscato, Chardonnay, Sherry

Milk Chocolate pairs with: Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling

Dark Chocolate pairs with: Cabernet Sauvignon, Port, Zinfandel

Bittersweet Chocolate pairs with: Malbec, Shiraz, Bordeaux

Follow this simple guide to get the most out National Chocolate Day! Do you have any favorite chocolate and wine pairings? Share them in the comments below so that we can indulge in some of your favorites too!


The Sip Files: Grocery Store Wine Rules

The wine experts will have you convinced that grocery store wine is the absolute worse thing you can buy. While there's nothing comparable to a vineyard wine selected by the winemaker himself there are grocery store wines out there that are totally yummy and perfect for a long day after work. Here's how to find the perfect wine at your local grocery store. 

1) Choose a store that has a large variety in the wine department

You're less likely to get stuck with a dud if you have more options to research and carefully select from.

2) Check your local wines first

They are more likely to have less chemicals and be more pure in taste. Not to mention you'll be supporting your local winemaker which is always a plus!

3) Try the familiar first

Before you start grabbing bottles make sure when you're trying a new brand that you try your favorites from that brand first. This will help you get a feel for how they make what you love and make you more confident in what they have to offer. 

These are just a few tips to get you started. All wines were not created equal and neither were out pallets so try it all... Or just wait for our review!


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Summer Wine Series: 3 Wines We Couldn't Live Without #AllSummer16

This summer has been one the hottest that Virginia has seen in a long while! With the heat index reaching days so hot that we could barely keep our cool, having a great wine in hand to indulge was a must! Summer time brings out our cravings for fruity favorites and anything that makes cheese taste even better. (Is that possible you ask?- YES it is!) 

Here's what we simply couldn't live without to help tolerate the summer heat! 

1) Lambrusco

There's yet to be brand of this that I don't like but my favorite is Riunite. This fruity-red, Italian wine is slightly sparkling and designed to be drunk young. Think of a Sweet Red blend meeting a drop of champagne and making love-- that's Lambrusco.  SERVING TIP: Pair this with a lightly seasoned grilled chicken breast and broccoli to really let the flavors shine.  It also pairs great with fried Oreos (yes we tried it!) 

2) Table White

Contrary to popular belief table wines are not cheap wines. They are usually blends of many of your favorites and often heavier in alcohol volume. We tried a phenomenal one from Wine Shop at home during a wine tasting for the blog-- I was floored! It wasn't too fruity or sweet. It is actually the perfect white blend of grapefruit, lime, and lemon with white floral fragrances. SERVING TIP: Table White pairs perfectly with cheddar or swiss cheese to balance out the sweet blend. A rich green salad would accompany the soft round body of this wine as well. 

3) Lot 35

This one was another favorite of mine from Wine Shop at home. It's a dry red wine with flavors of blackberry and black currant that pairs so perfectly with Havarti cheese that I believe Jesus designed the two just for me (and your of course). The black pepper and toasted oak flavors  create a decadent dance on the tongue when sipped right after that bit of Havarti. SERVING TIP: Let this wine breathe for a few hours in your decanter before serving and it is sure to be a hit! 

Lambrusco is a good serving wine to keep stocked just in case company drops by. Lot 35 and the Table White are good newbies to add in rotation you're sure to love. What wines have you tried lately? Talk to us in the comments! We want to try it with you.