Around the World in 80 Sips

Another exciting perk to having this blog, besides occasional bottles of free wine, is that we sometimes get invited to wine events! Last week, we had the opportunity to attend Bottlenotes’ Around the World in 80 Sips.  Bottlenotes is an online wine community where you can find reviews, recommendations, and explanations of just about any type of wine you can think of.  They started this event a couple years ago, and it’s now in 11 cities around the country.  Winemakers … Continue reading

Malibu Wines

This weekend was a big one for couples – a lot of people out and about celebrating Valentine’s Day and the long weekend. Which is why my boyfriend and I weren’t the only ones with the bright idea to bring a picnic out to Malibu Wines, an LA-based vineyard with a gorgeous outdoor picnic area and tasting room.

We were not the only ones with this idea…

Los Angeles is not known for local wines, but there are a few … Continue reading

Election Day Drink Specials

We love election day, because it always comes with a reason to drink. Celebration or drowning your sorrows…either way, the night calls for a glass (or five) of wine. In this case, democracy isn’t free – but that doesn’t mean it has to be expensive.

If you live in Los Angeles, here are a few places to check out tonight. Don’t forget to wear your “I Voted” sticker!

Bodega (Pasadena, Santa Monica) – 50% off bottles of red … Continue reading

Wine Stains as Art?

How cool are these wine stain paintings?!

Artist Amelia Fais Harnas uses a batik-like technique to create these beautiful portraits with red wine, instead of paint or ink. And, in true Cheap Wine Girl fashion, she drinks as she works…and we found at least one of her favorite wines under $10 (Damiani’s Vino Rosso, in case you’re wondering.)


If you want a wine stain portrait of your own, they are available to buy at – $18Continue reading

Slightly Less Cheap Wine

Big story today hot off the cheap wine newswire.  Australian company Casella Wines, maker of supermarket favorite Yellow Tail, has announced plans to release a $10 wine by the end of next year.  Even though Yellow Tail is the biggest imported wine in the US of A, (65% of Australia’s total wine exports), last year saw a bit of a decline.  Casella is hoping their new wine will help to bring profit margins back up.  This new price point is … Continue reading

Etsy Wine Roundup

We love wine, and we love Etsy, so we thought we’d highlight a few awesome things (and Etsy sellers) that combine the two. Here’s a quick list of what we really want on Etsy right now.

I can’t believe someone didn’t think of this sooner. Hands-Free Wine Glass Necklace made by Three Wild n Crazy Ladies, $8.99.

We are actually in a book club together, and this is totally true. Book Club Wine Tote from author Sally Beerworth, $19.75.

These … Continue reading

Wine Cocktails: Raspberry Wine Punch

This is the first of a hopefully regular installment of cocktail recipes featuring…you guessed it – wine! Wine cocktails were popular drinks before Prohibition, and we think it’s high time to bring the old classics back.

For our first Wine Cocktail here at Cheap Wine Girls, we made a Raspberry Wine Punch adapted from a recipe on Chow.We omitted the Kirsch because we don’t know what the f*** that is, and didn’t need it diluting our wine. For any … Continue reading

Wine Words: Finish

In our first episode, I had a little trouble with the word “finish” when used to describe an aspect of wine. Finish, in this context, doesn’t mean the end of the bottle (necessarily.) So what, exactly, does it mean?

Let’s find out.

Karen MacNeil defines finish as “the impression that a wine leaves in your mouth even after you have swallowed it.” That sounds…a little gross, actually. Basically, finish is the aftertaste.

MacNeil describes the best way to identify the … Continue reading

New Wine Costs Roughly 8 Years Worth of Unemployment Benefits

And that’s before taxes.  And also if you can figure out how to stay on unemployment for 8 years.  This “2004 Block 42” Cabernet Sauvignon from the Australian Penfolds vineyard goes for a reasonable $168,000 per bottle.  Except that bottle isn’t really the right word.  Check out to see a picture of this thing that looks like a hypodermic needle and a fancy Brookstone pen had a baby.  Penfolds intended this to be more of an art piece than … Continue reading

The Jersey Pour?

Many readers will know of (if not remember) the Judgement of Paris – the 1976 blind tasting where California wines famously beat French wines, giving birth to nothing short of a wine industrial complex here in California. Little did the wine world know that a far more shocking revelation was to come, a mere…36 years later. Whew – math! I still got it.

On June 8, 2012, nine international wine experts got together for The Judgement of Princeton. That’s right, … Continue reading

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