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Women's History Month Spotlight and A Note On Community Kindness & COVID-19

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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.

Cheers,

The Shall We Wine Team

COMMUNITY KINDNESS & COVID-19

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Shall We Wine Tribe:

We know it's not fun to bring in a heavy subject like coronavirus and COVID-19. But part of SWW is being of service to our communities, and we can't do that that without addressing it. So many are navigating very new circumstances, impacting the way we work, the way we socialize, the way we live.

Your safety and well-being is #1. In response to recent developments surrounding the pandemic, businesses across the globe are making changes. We need to help one another in the best ways be possibly can, even in the age of social distancing.

Thank you for your patience, continued support and making Shall We Wine your go-to wine & lifestyle resource. We look forward to welcoming you again with open arms at our next event, whenever that may be. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves. Spread kindness. It will all help go a long way during these times!

HELP? RESOURCES FOR YOU

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Need help or want to help? There are several organizations putting together great resources. Beware of scammers during these vulnerable times though! Make sure you're giving or applying to reputable aids. Here are two which specifically target our hospitality communities:

OFW Emergency Fund
"The Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund - providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive."

USBG National Charitable Foundation's Bartender Emergency Assistance
"The United States Bartenders Guild is helping bartenders affected by the virus through its emergency assistance program. You can apply for financial assistance. You do NOT need to be a USBG member to apply for a philanthropic grant."

HAVING FUN & TAKING PRECAUTIONS

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While practicing safe social distancing, here a few ways you can still keep your wine & spirits on from a distance!

The Wine Night Conference Call
Zoom, Skype whichever calling method you choose and take the time to regroup with friends and your loved ones. Discuss the wine you're tasting or just talk nonsense! It simply feels nice to catch up alongside a little vino, right?

The Personal Experiment Lab
While your kitchen might not be a science lab of beakers, you might have a mini lab of some hard liquor and/or mixers on your bar cart you've been "meaning to get around to" using. Or, you might have been thinking of buying a new one to add to your cocktail rotation. Use this time to have fun experimenting!

The Trusted Wine Curator
Many local shops are finding ways to eliminate as many touch points as possible to encourage and practice smarter shopping in the midst of this pandemic. Use shallwewine.com/blog as a reference for new wines to ask them about. Call ahead of time and talk through what you like or be open to have something new and unexpected thrown at you entirely! Some are even offering their services to just put a box assortment together for you. Think like an omakase but for your wine purchase. Reach out to your local shop and see what they can put together for you or assist you with, all while limiting the amount of time on site.

While none of these can replace the feeling of in-person festivities, they are a good beginning to quarantine life until we all can get back a sense of normalcy.

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SWW SPOTLIGHT: DAYANNE DANIER

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We celebrate the accomplishments of women all day, every day. But we can't forget this month, a month dedicated to all the contributions of women and the vital role women play in history.

As a special virtual toast to the power and boundless reach of women, Shall We Wine talked with Dayanne Danier, fashion designer of Bien Abyé and co-founder of nonprofit Fleur De Vie!

Tell us about Bien Abyé and your nonprofit?

Bien Abyé (means “Well Dressed”) is a fashion lifestyle brand of products that encompasses French style with a Creole influence. The brand stems from my Creole roots and expresses the importance of embracing all aspects of one’s lifestyle. The merchandise of Bien Abyé is created by over 50 Haitian artisans whom are mostly women as a part of an initiative to “Empower Women One Stitch at a Time.”

My nonprofit is called Fleur De Vie (means “Flower of Life”) which has the mission of supporting struggling schools in Haiti that focus on implementing social change in the community through education, health, and environmental sustainability. It was founded after the earthquake in Haiti and has assisted over 1000 students in 3 regions of the island.

When did you fall in love with wine?

I would have to say my love for wine was planted when I was in art school studying fashion design. I had an assignment to create a garment from a non-textile and ironically, I chose wine corks. I literally strung each one with wire and create a cocktail dress of corks. And as I grew older, I developed this love for wine that hasn’t left me.

What do you see as the relationship between wine and fashion?

A couple of years ago someone said to me, “food is the new fashion” referencing social media and the pictures we see. My reply to that is, “well if food is the new fashion, wine and beverages are the new accessories”.

There is definitely a strong relationship between wine and fashion. Both are elements of entertainment. Over the last couple of years, I have developed a new table top collection for the Bien Abyé brand for clients who entertain in their lifestyle. Hosting a wine tasting as a form of entertainment was the perfect way to combine my love for wine and exposing the new collection to clients.

How can Shall We Wine readers support you?

Thank you for that question! Shall We Wine readers can support by doing something fun, shopping the Bien Abyé collection because a purchase means keeping an artisans working. Or by donating to Fleur De Vie, we are an approved 501c3 organization and a donation promotes education to student. Education is power and empowering the youth of Haiti is the only solution to change. Visit dayannedanier.com or fleurdevieonline.org

If you could drink wine from one region for the rest of your life, which region would it be?

That is a very hard question. I love wine from so many areas. I do favor south of France region quite a bit, and a close second would be Italy.

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DID YOU KNOW...

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...SHALL WE WINE HAS A BLOG!

Here you will find things like our Wine of the Week and other special wine & spirits topics! Stay in the know and read up on some of the cool things we've been sharing:

The Iconic Wines of Gérard Bertrand
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc & Viognier
Uncle Nearest Whiskey
Underlying Love Triangles In Common Wine Drinking Scenarios

SUPPORT SHALL WE WINE DURING THE SHUT DOWN AND GIVE THE GIFT OF WINE & POETRY

A collection of original poems from Regine T. Rousseau, the book Searching for Cloves and Lilies: The Wine Edition explores pairing wine with poetry. The idea of pairing both wine and poetry was initially met with confused looks. But a national book tour and some new friends later, the Shall We Wine tribe has expanded into a think-outside-the-box wine pairing bunch! How amazing!

It's a testament to how seemingly different mediums can be more intertwined than you think. Challenge yourself to see likeness, positivity and common ground. You never know what the challenge will reveal. We love wine, pass it on!

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