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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 🚨: BGW founder interviewed on The Color of Wine podcast

Sukari Bowman is the Black Girl Magic behind @loveandvines and The Color of Wine podcast. After experiencing BGW first hand at our SIP ATL event Sukari fell in love with the brand and our founder fell for her too! A sisterhood was sparked and this interview is a delightful conversation on wine, being the only black woman in the room, and what’s coming up for BGW. 

Dive in and take a listen by clicking the link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-color-of-wine-podcast/id1219738577?mt=2&i=1000400586814

 

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Sukari & Shayla @ BGW SIP ATL event  

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 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! 

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

Image sourced from here  Recipe sourced from here

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!

 

Photo Credit: Sunsetcove.net

Photo Credit: Sunsetcove.net