It's been a while since the world has been safe enough for a legendary ladies night. Now, our time has come. It is finally looking like going out of the town with your favorite gal pals is about to be here. Let's do this, girls!
Before we all go out and take the world by a storm, let's refresh our memory on what to drink and not to drink and go through some girls' night out ideas that will have you skipping the Prime Video binge session. According to a study by the Wine Market Council, millennials are responsible for consuming 42% of the wine in the U.S. in 2015. Millennials drank more wine than any other generation. As a wine company, we could not be more proud.
Which Wine Will Get You Drunk the Fastest?
Sometimes, you just need to blow off some steam with your besties. And after the year we all shared in 2020, we're guessing there is quite a lot of smoke to blow off while you were stuck at home.
Of course, as an alcohol company, we aren't legally allowed to encourage you to get drunk. However, should you want to know what bottle of wine will get you and your closest friends the drunkest, we did prepare this handy dandy list that might point you in the right direction; whether that direction is to avoid them to say safe or drink them is entirely up to you! Whether you need something to sip on at your book club, need ideas for wine tasting or are prepping for a bachelorette party, here are some of the best wines to glam up any occasion.
French Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise
These bad French gals are incredibly sweet wines. They hail from Beaumes-de-Venise in France's Rhône Valley and are fortified, made entirely from Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains and its Muscat Noir color mutation.
Another fortified wine, Spanish Sherry, is created from white grapes grown near the city of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain. These ultra-sweet wines are produced using Pedro Ximénez or Moscatel grapes and occasionally are blended with Palomino-based sherries.
Another fortified lady, this wine is made on the Portuguese Madeira Islands, off Africa's coast. Produced in various styles from dry to sweet, Madeira can serve as an aperitif or a dessert wine.
Produced only in Portugal's Douro Valley, Port is another fortified wine typically enjoyed as a dessert wine due to its incredible richness. Some types, however, are served as an aperitif.
Which Wine Is the Most Festive?
If you're in the mood for celebrating, we will go with the status quo and recommend sparkling wine! Of course, that can also mean Prosecco or Champagne because both are sparkling wines but made in a specific location from a particular grape grown in that location. The truth is, drinking champagne to celebrate a long-standing tradition that started due to the European royals. In 1789, the royal courts of Europe loved drinking sparkling wine and viewed it as a status symbol. Back then, royalty believed champagne had a 'positive effect on a woman's beauty and man's wit.' Honestly, weird, but we do see the latter.
The most famous and most prestigious sparkling wine, champagne is only champagne if it comes from the region of champagne, France. This bubbly drink is known for its bubbles that produce a delicious fruity taste that isn't always sweet.
While Prosecco and Champagne are both sparkling white wines, their difference is also their locations. As we said, champagne is made from chardonnay, pinot noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes grown in the Champagne region of France. On the other hand, Prosecco hails from Italy's Veneto region and is made mainly from glera grapes.
This delightful pink drink is created from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir vinified as red wine. A radiant pink color with hints of gold, Brut Rose has a unique vinification method that gives the drink an elegant but light flavor that's followed by a noticeable finish of raspberry.
Celebrating on the go? Grab a canned wine. And when we say grab a canned wine, we obviously mean grab a Bev! The only wine that was created specifically to be canned, Bev, is the gift that keeps on fizzing and is ZERO sugar. We wanted something else to drink - something different, something better. So we made this for us, and now for you. It's delicious, dry wines crafted with love in Sonoma.
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BEV GRIS: she's bright and a Lil' fizzy with light and refreshing notes of elderflower, pear, and a zesty grapefruit finish.
BEV NOIR: she's edgy, dry, and a Lil' ﬁzzy - a delicate, coastal pinot, with aromatics of citrus blossoms & fresh pomegranate, paired with a light blackberry ﬁnish.
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Which Wines Benefit Women’s Health?
It might be a little bit of a stretch, but many health benefits come from drinking wine. Don't believe us; we'll prove it to you!
Alright, so the rumors are true. Red wine is healthier than white wine. But, despite what people think, it's not because red wines have less sugar because they don't. It is due to the health benefits they inherently have due to the way they are made. When white wine is produced, grapes are pressed, and seeds, skins, and stems are taken out before fermentation. With red wine, the red grapes are transferred to vats directly, and they ferment alongside their seeds, skins, and stems. The grape skin gives the wine its color and why red wine has a few more healthy compounds than white wine.
Grape skin has beneficial antioxidants that are known to promote good health. In particular, polyphenol resveratrol is the main reason red wine gets its name with health benefits. Research suggests that resveratrol may be the key ingredient in red wine that can reduce harmful cholesterol levels, prevent damage to blood vessels, and lower blood clots' risk.
While red wine is the healthiest wine you can drink, Pinot Noir sneaks in as the number one most beneficial kind of wine. Pinot Noir has the highest resveratrol concentration of any other red wine. Besides having the highest resveratrol levels, Pinot Noir also has lower sugar and calories than other wines. Although nearly all red wines contain no residual sugar, Pinot Noir has even less because it has a lower initial sugar level before fermentation. Therefore, Pinot Noir has fewer calories and lower alcohol content than other red wines.
Good for Your Heart
Red wine is good for your ticker! Heart disease is a leading cause of death for women in the U.S., according to our good friends at the CDC. A study conducted by multiple notable colleges, including Indiana University and the Harvard School of Public Health, found that women who abided by six healthy routine habits, one of which was moderate drinking, were less likely to develop cardiovascular disease. In another study, women who drank moderately compared to abstainers had a reduced risk of heart failure. Hey, we're taking this as a win.
Reduces High Cholesterol
While not 100% proven, scientists and researchers alike believe that red wine increases levels of high-density lipoprotein HDL cholesterol (aka the good cholesterol) and protects against cholesterol build-up. Doing so leads researchers to believe that red wine might lower the chance of heart attacks.
Women who drink wine might also have a little more protection against diabetes. A French Institute of Health and Medical Research study discovered that women who began drinking wine at a younger age had a smaller chance of developing type 2 diabetes. The study also revealed that wine consumption assisted in preventing type 2 diabetes in overweight women.
See you never, stress! Research might suggest that the compounds in wine might physiologically quell stress. Scripps Research Institute found that resveratrol stimulates a stress response gene that helps protect our DNA during stressful times.
What Girls’ Night Out Snacks Pair Well With Wine?
Next to wine, the essential part of a perfect girls night out with your best friends is the food. Here are a few pairings we like in particular.
Popcorn and Chardonnay
Butter and butter: what dreams are made of. Pairing a rich, buttery delicious popcorn with an oaky Chardonnay might overwhelm some of the girls you knew in high school, but it'll satisfy some and make their dreams come true. It's a perfect mix for a relaxing night playing board games or doing a little bit of karaoke.
Cupcakes and Moscato
Sweets on sweets, anyone? Try pairing Moscato with a vanilla cupcake, and you'll soon, there is absolutely nothing vanilla about the combination!
Chocolate and Cabernet Sauvignon
Let's be real: chocolate alone is delicious. Cabernet Sauvignon alone is delicious. Putting two delicious things together inherently makes them more delicious. Cabernet Sauvignon is particularly delightful if you pair it with some good, dark chocolate. The chocolate mellows the wine's tannins, but the wine has enough structure to stand up to the boldness of chocolate. It's the classic pairing we've always dreamed of and is great for when you gotta tackle getaways to New York or anywhere fancy.