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Meet Regine Rousseau

Regine T. Rousseau
Entrepreneur, Promotion Specialist, Writer, Event Planner,
On-Air Talent, 2020 Wine Star Nominee- Wine Educator of the Year, Wine Whisperer,
Deliciousness Huntress, MC and Speaker

Regine T. Rousseau fell in love with wine during a college study abroad trip to Besançon, France. Bitten by the wine bug early on, she began her career in the beverage industry as a salesperson for a wine distributor. While in this role Rousseau noticed how the barrier of “wine speak” formed a disconnect between wine professionals and consumers. Inspired to bridge the gap, Rousseau started her company Shall We Wine, a wine, spirits and beer tasting company based in Chicago.

At Shall We Wine, Rousseau helps national and boutique wine and spirits brands expand their presence across the nation; while also providing wine education through events, books and videos that she develops. Making wine approachable for everyone is at the core of Rousseau’s work. She and her expertly trained Shall We Wine team are masters at translating complex terminology into language that individuals of every level of wine proficiency appreciates.

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Language is also integral to Rousseau’s work as a poet and published author where wine and written word are often interwoven. In her latest book, Searching for Cloves and Lilies: The Wine Edition (published April 2018), Rousseau boldly illustrates the dynamics of personal relationships while pairing each poem with wine that echoes the mood of her writing. And in Champagne Diaries, an original dramatic blog and the inspiration for her next book, Rousseau takes readers on the journey of the main character named Champagne.

Rousseau received her Level II certification from the International Sommelier Guild and an Executive Bourbon Steward from Stave and Thief Society.

Rousseau has traveled around the globe to share her wine and beverage expertise and has been nominated 2020 Wine Star Awards for Wine Educator of the Year, She has been listed as one of “40 African-American Tastemakers.” She was named a Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic semi-finalist in 2011 and served as emcee for the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Wine and Dine event in 2018. She was also a featured panelist at the Association of Writers & Writing Program conference in 2013, Blacks in Wine Symposium in 2017 and 2019, the Women’s Breakfast Business Panel presented by the City of Chicago and the SoloCEO Summit in 2019. Rousseau has been the Keynote speaker for Wonder Women in Wine and Dream Big Darling. Additionally, Rousseau has been featured in Forbes Magazine, The Zoe Report, The New Yorker, Vine Pair, Black Enterprise and Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and has made television appearances on You & Me Chicago, Sisters Circe Live, WGN Chicago, Windy City Live, Great Day Washington, and Let’s Talk Live DC .

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Unfinished Business- Unstuck – 2021 Theme Song

Here we are again, a new year, an old tradition.

A few years ago I started a practice of choosing a theme song and a word to set my intention for the upcoming year. Kenny Rogers the Gambler was my 2018 theme song, 2019 Ciara’s Level Up, and 2020 was the story of OJ and my word for 2020 was SERVE.

Searching for Cloves & Lilies: The Wine Edition

When Regine T. Rousseau asked her family and friends, “What is your favorite body part?” she was surprised by the answers she elicited. Some acquaintances could immediately give her an answer. Others preferred to remain coyly silent. Rousseau uses the wide variety of responses as inspiration for her poetry collection Searching for Cloves and Lilies. In the lines of her work, she introduces you to old lovers and new friends and honors the people who shaped her life, including her beloved mother and respected pastor. She shares the lessons a barber and hairstylist taught her about love and provides a touching ode to her father. Other poems ponder important moments in Rousseau’s life, including a devastating incident with her cousin and a shocking heartbreak.

Poetry isn’t the only passion in Rousseau’s life. The only thing she loves more than discovering amazing new wines is introducing friends to some of her favorites. In this edition, she pairs each poem with a cherished wine and explains why these concoctions can be fun and flirty or poignant and lingering. This unique collection lays out which wine to pair with heartache and which best represents the state of modern relationships.

“ABSTRACT: Talk story about a reading by Regine Rousseau at the Hue-Man Bookstore and a meeting of the Freedom Socialist Party at Freedom Hall in Harlem.”  read more

Ian Frazier, The New Yorker

“Good afternoon Regine. This is Dorine. I posted a review on Amazon for your beautiful and passionate book!! I thoroughly enjoyed it! Each chapter resonated with me as a woman!! If I could describe the experience of your book in one word, it would be…”captivating”! Thank you for sharing such a beautifully, potent and wonderful layer of Regine! I can’t wait to read the next book!!!

Dorine R, Deleware

“Oh, I read SfCaL by the way. It came in the mail a few days ago. VERY good! EXCELLENT in fact….I’m STILL laughing….”

Randell S. Chicago, IL

“Ms. Rousseau, I purchased your book after I saw that Nancy posted on her page. My Searching for Cloves and Lilies came in the mail yesterday and your work is just delightful. Deeply spiritual, steeped in love and connection. Amazing. Thank you.”

Melody W. Chicago, IL

“ last got a chance to sit down with Cloves and Lilies. I enjoyed reading it! Such a wide range of poems. Some of them were fun and steamy 🙂 but actually I found a lot of the poems very serious and melancholy. Very interesting. I thought the book turned out well, I hope you’re pleased with it!!”

Rebecca W. New York, New York

“Got your book. I love it!”

Tye J. , Chicago, IL

“It’s always amazing to me how sometimes, a person you may have known only a precious few weeks can come to understand and articulate your essence better than souls that you may have known a lifetime. Very few things in this life have been more humbling to me than the poem that my friend, Regine Rousseau, penned about me–of all people–which is now included in her new book, Searching for Cloves and Lilies.”

Ron E. Childs, Chicago, IL

“When a new author jumps on the scene and honors you with a poem written on your behalf…well, what can you do but send BIGGUPS! Self promotion set aside, the poems are personal, fluid, hilarious, serious and thought-provoking. Check out this event…and most of all, enjoy the book!!”

Nancy Deller, Paris , France

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