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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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#WhatWereLoving Wednesday & everything in between

 

Happy Wednesday wine besties!

I miss you all so much tonight but I am still under the weather so I am unable to go LIVE! But that will not stop our party! I obviously am drinking nothing but Theraflu but that doesn't mean there aren't a few things I'm super excited about. Check out #WhatWereLoving Wednesday and make sure to talk back in the comments!

Diddy is making wine

Not to sure what his first label will be but we’re definitely looking forward to what is in the works. Looks like right now he’s accepting contact regarding the wine & spirits brand. (So if you’re a wine maker I would head on over like

now. Click here)

 

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The Congressional Black Caucus “won’t here for none” last night...and we weren’t either! 

Last night members of the congressional black Caucus showed OWT at the #SOTU rocking Kente cloth in response to Trumps recent comments about Africa. Too much? We think not

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Marley Dias is slaying the game— and she’s only 13! 

In case you missed our recent fave boss chick who’s been everywhere Miss Marley Davis (@iamamrleydavis On IG) should be your teenager daughters hero. If she isn’t support this BOSS young author by making sure her book hits every child’s hands that you know! Marley we are so proud! Click here to order.

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 WCW Award for this week goes too...

 Angela Bassett

Who else would show up to the red carpet and snatch our edges like this???  

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Were you loving Auntie Angie’s look? Or were you feeling someone else’s more? 

I’ll be back next week at 8:30pm EST sharp! I can’t wait to see you then!  

 Making Sick Look Chic,

Shayla V

PRESS Alert 🚨: Meet the Founder feature by sommelier, Benita Johnson

Our founder was featured in a write up by the amazing sommelier and founder of The Vine Club, Benita Johnson. Check out the feature below! 

 

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I had the great pleasure of meeting this awesome lady a few months ago. I knew of “Blacks Girls Wine” but hadn’t looked up long enough to realize that it was founded in my own front yard, my city, Richmond, VA. Shayla is phenomenal and shares her awesome journey of stepping out there, getting a few scrapes and bruises, taking the lessons and planning for a great return.

 

Meet Shayla Courtney Varnado and Blacks Girls Wine at the Behind the Business -East Conference on February 10, 2018 at the Dominion Arts Center in Richmond, VA. Get your tickets here. 

Click here to dive deeper into the interview: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/meet-founder-black-girls-wine-benita-johnson

Wine Down LIVE episode # 003: Unboxing the January Collection #SnuggleUp

Our first collection of 2018 was all about the cozy wine down experience. The January box was curated with a cold winter night in mind no matter where you are or who you with it’s always fun to Snuggle Up. 

Watch the replay of the episode to get an inside look at what’s included in the The Lifestyle Collection! (You can also click here to watch: https://www.facebook.com/BlackGirlsWine/videos/1272086116225650/ )  

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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!

-Shayla

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The SIP Files: Mimosa Margaritas

How excited were we when this popped into our timeline? Two of our favorite things all at once!? We couldn't resist sharing this perfect combination. Here's a yummy recipe perfect for brunch by the pool!  

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 c. orange juice
  • 1/2 c. tequila
  • 1/4 c. lime juice
  • Lime wedge, for rimming glasses
  • Coarse salt, for rimming glasses
  • 1 bottle champagne or prosecco
  • Orange and lime slices for serving

When you try the recipe make sure and tag us! Let us know what you do different in the comments!  

Happy drinking!  

|Team BGW| 

Wine Fruit Guide

We drink wine year round so naturally we want to know what tasty fruits go perfect with our favorite beverage so that this summer can be refreshing-- and wine filled! Check out this awesome meme we found with a breakdown of the perfect pairs!  

 

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First up on our list is Pino & Pineapple. Have you tried any of these combos? Which one is your favorite? Talk to us in the comments!

Happy Winesday! 

The Sip Files: Boxed Wine?

I come from a lineage of women who wine. My mother, her mother, and her mother before her would indulge in a glass when they could; each generation pouring up more often than the next as the price of wine became more affordable and the ‘occasions’ for wine went from weddings and birthdays to well…Wednesday. 

As my tastes matured, I deemed myself a true lady. “I only drink wine out of a glass and always, always from a bottle.”

Imagine what this looks like when you go home to find your mother’s box of wine looking like reject drink on the kitchen counter; Plastic cups on top for effect. 

To be fair: back in the day boxed wine had a bad rep. It came in ‘red’ and ‘white’. You could taste the struggle. 

But what if our mothers knew something we didn’t (as they always do)?

I went on a cork-free diet and discovered delicious brands that come boxed! Thank you R. Muller for a crisp Riesling, and a fresh pour each time, every time. Cause let’s face it, boxed = more wine! 

Now that we’re wiser and some of us are mother’s ourselves, we realize the secret to ‘good’ wine is the ability to pour it up at leisure, with family and good friends when possible. 

And Mom, thank you for teaching me to think, outside the bottle!

What's your favorite boxed wine? Talk to us in the comments!

Wine & Well Wishes, 

Jonnie Enriquez