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WORK HARD, TRAVEL HARDER - Tips on Wine & Adventure!

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Hi Wine Lover,

The Shall We Wine team is excited to share our monthly newsletter. Our goal is to introduce you to our favorite wines, winemakers, varietals, wine regions and places to buy and drink wine.


The Shall We Wine Team



If you haven't noticed, I've been traveling quite a bit lately! While this was all in good fun, I used this opportunity to learn, grow and overall, be better. What you do in the name of research, right?

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Regine’s Big Adventure

Have you been following along? We took on Italy and now we’re in France! Full recap to come in the July newsletter, but for more of the behind-the-scenes scoop, follow the journey on Instagram!

See the latest video on "Destiny Hunting" on IGTV >>

[ More at:
& @reginetrousseau ]

Wine in the City: The Houston Edition

Houston, there is no problem! Although I was in town for work, I made plenty of time for sunning, dining and of course, wine-ing! Who knew Houston had such a hot food scene? I didn’t hit all of the restaurants on my list though - guess I’ll have to go back! Listed below are some highlights from the places I visited that you should try next time you're in Space City. Bon Appétit!

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The Monarch
Fried chicken with cheesy mashed potatoes and green beans! Yup I ate it all! Loved the climate control outdoor dining room. I wanted a full bodied white wine so I chose an American classic, the Jordan Sonoma Chardonnay!

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Pieropan poolside at the ZaZa (Museum District)! Loved that this wine list ventured beyond the usual white wine suspects and offered this fresh, bright and mineral focused delight! I spent a lot of time by that pool and also sipped on the Dr. Loosen Dry Riesling and the Roederer Estate Brut Rosé! All work and no pool makes Regine a dull girl!

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Houstonians know how to make a girl feel welcomed! When one native asked me, “what do you have a taste for?” My answer was, “delicious wines!” She gave me a few restaurant options and I chose Theodore Rex based on Chef Justin Yu 2017 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest. I second that emotion! The food was brilliant and the wine list vavavavoom! This team is all about creating a flavor explosion in your mouth.

Mon Coeur Cote-Du-Rhône paired with Shaved Loin and Rib of Wagyu, ‘La Ratte’ potatoes warmed in cultured butter, anchovy, grilled parsley! YEEESSSS!

Teutonic Rose paired with the tomato toast. Trust me this pairing will rival your wedding day and birth of your first born for the best experience of your life!

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Check out Lucille's Houston for inventive Southern Food. Try the scallops paired with Aslina Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa! The Brussel sprouts are scrumptious. The Mac & Cheese? Sinful!


Houston Book Love

A special thank you to the Iris Allen of The Urban Wineaux for hosting an intense Words and Wine event at Lucille's Houston. What a night filled with incredible conversation and juicy wines! #SearchingForClovesAndLilies

Be encouraged.

A guest — during Words & Wine Houston — asked me, "how did you know you’d be good at this" (writing and performing)? I answered, “I didn’t know, I just tried!”

I hope my journey encourages you to surrender. Whatever it is that you’re dreaming of start it, grind for it, then invest your entire soul and resources into it! Then watch the universe send angels to support you.

All this Searching for Cloves & Lilies support - both current and new readers - I love it!

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Can you believe we're halfway through the year? Let's keep inspiring new readers in 2019!



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6/27 Cooking & Wine Pairing Party with Heartfelt Catering Chicago

I'm coming back to Chicago! Join us again with a Night Out on the Town for a Cooking and Wine Pairing Party! Learn to cook the Heartfelt way and select the best wines that pair with your meal!

6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Heartfelt Catering
1640 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60622

Register by 5PM on 6/21 so we can appropriately plan for your wonderful experience!



Here's an example of the cooking vibe we had during our last Heartfelt Catering event!

Note: Each event is specially curated. Offerings will be new and differ from one another.


To remain in the loop with upcoming happenings and cool info, make sure to follow us on social media!

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Some cool new wines I discovered while traveling so far:

Marco Felluga Collio Ribolla Gialla

Tommasone Per' e Palummo Ischia Rosso

Arcari+Danesi Dosaggio Zero

[ More at:
& @reginetrousseau ]





Sometimes you're looking at a list and you don't know where to start! While there are variations to every list (maybe varietal may come first, etc.), here's a breakdown of how two wine examples could be listed as on a list:

Tenuta Sant'Antonio, Scaia, Garganega Chardonnay Blend, Veneto, 2017

Let's separate it into five parts:

(1) Tenuta Sant'Antonio, (2) Scaia, (3) Garganega Chardonnay Blend, (4) Veneto, (5) 2017

(1) is the producer of the wine
(2) is the name of the wine
(3) is the type of wine
(4) is the region
(5) is the vintage

In some cases the varietals won't be listed for something like a "Super Tuscan" or "Soave Classico". Similar to how "Bordeaux Blend" may be listed for a French list instead of the specific grapes, there is a general understanding of the grapes and regions which grow them. In the case of "Soave Classico", Garganega will be the name of the varietal, but generally is left unlisted. The term “Classico” denotes a specific historic focal point of a region, often where the best wines of the region are produced.

So in this example, no varietal is listed or specific wine name aside from the producer:

Inama, Soave Classico, Veneto, 2018

Don't be afraid to ask the sommelier for help! They're there to assist you. Maybe you might even learn something new! Especially with all the types and styles of Italian wines, it can seem very intimidating but it doesn't need to be!

If you don't know what a word means, ask for clarification. Having a starting point of how to spot different things on a wine list comes especially helpful when skimming Italian wines. For instance, in the examples above, someone may look at the list and not be familiar with what Garganega is.

Also, be honest about your budget! There is something for every price point (and you will not be judged for it!).





So you know us for our pop up events, but did you know that our consultants host mini pop-ups every weekend at your local wine shop and/or grocery stores? Next time you're tasting wine at Binny's, Whole Foods, Mariano's or your local wine shop, ask the consultant if they are with Shall We Wine!

Sounds like a fun gig? We are hiring wine and spirit enthusiasts! Send your resume to and follow the link below to apply.

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