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Madeira Mania, Charitable Causes and the World Wine Guys

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4 book tour dates down, 2 more to go!

A special thank you to all who have attended and helped spread the word about my book tour with City Winery. It's been amazing!

Please continue to spread the word. Share the news and invite your friends to my last two cities of the #SippingPoetryBookTour!

Social media is an amazing tool, but at the end of the day, word of mouth is where it’s at. Check out your local City Winery sites below to purchase tickets directly.


Remaining Book Tour Dates:

Monday, 10/15 - Washington, DC
Tuesday, 10/16 - Nashville, TN

Join us for a sensorial journey through words, wine and rhythm. Audience members will be part of a rare wine pairing opportunity with me. This is a specially curated experience both unique and immersive, the poems acting as a canvas for paired wine and song selections which mimic the soulful complexity of the poetry itself. Each pairing collectively captures the variety of feelings amid all the triumphs, confessional vulnerabilities and hope channeled through my poetic subjects. I use my experience as a sommelier to create experiences that flood the senses with a combination of words that are truly unforgettable.

Searching for Cloves & Lilies is an undeniably personal project of mine, and I’m humbled by all the stories exchanged even in just the beginnings of this tour. They’ve served as catalysts to both igniting new (and revitalizing existing) kinships. I’m so pumped up by all the positive energy.



Wow! I started this book tour with the goal to donate a portion of the proceeds from each book sold at each City Winery Book Tour event to a local charity as a part of my #PeopleOverProfit social media campaign.

With your help, so far we've been able to donate to My Block My Hood My City, C4 Atlanta and the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem.
We still need help deciding for DC and Nashville. Each person is invited to tag their favorite local charity to help us choose where the money should go.



While in Atlanta, I was invited to share my Fall Wine Picks on the Sister Circle, a nationally broadcasted talk show! This was an extremely fun segment to do - and they loved my picks! These are awesome wines for the transition of the seasons. Fall is such a magical season in itself, one nestled in-between the beach days of summer and the cocooned coat wearing days of winter. Not to mention it’s simply a great feeling to be able to get people pumped up about new wine. Check it out!


wine guys

The World Wine Guys are coming to Chicago! On November 15th, join Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen at the Miele Center for a special Wine & Dine event. Not only are Mike and Jeff award winning journalists and authors but they are integral pieces to the makings of my Searching for Cloves and Lilies: The Wine Edition. This will be a fun one! Click here for tickets and more info.


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Put this on your sweet map: H.M Borges Old Reserve 10 Years Old Bual Madeira!

What is Madeira? It’s a fortified wine, like Port or Sherry. Madeira wine gets its name from the volcanic island of Madeira in Portugal. In the 1600-1700s, Brandy was often added to wine in an attempt to keep if from spoiling (fortifying wine). The island of Madeira was a key location for shipping wines to England and America. The casks of wines would go through an intense heating and cooling process as the ships sailed through various climates. Sailors noticed how this intense temperature change produced unique flavors of the fortified wine, and thus the method for making Madeira was born. You may have heard the phrase, “you can’t kill Madeira!” This refers to the fact that the wine has gone through so much, that it can’t spoil. Today, Madeira is produced in dry, medium and sweet styles with flavors of wood, vanilla, caramelized sugar, orange peel. Dry style Madeiras are recommended as an aperitif while the sweeter styles are perfect with or as dessert.

I recommend trying the H.M Borges Old Reserve 10 Years Old Bual Madeira for its intricate flavors of wood, vanilla and burnt sugar. When I last served this I did so with a fun tray of cheese and chocolate! Mmmm.


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I must admit when I was invited to apply for a board position, I had no clue a world-renowned sculpture park existed in my “backyard.” As an art lover and collector, I try to stay in the know about gallery openings and exhibitions. How did I miss this? The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, aka “the museum-in-the prairie” sits on 100 acres of prairie land and has 29 masterworks including: Terrence Karpowicz and Christine Tarkowski. Open 365 days a week, the free exhibition spans about 2.5 miles and visiting is a great way to get in some exercise and family time.

On September 15, 2018 The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park board members hosted our annual fundraising event; Where the City Meets the Prairie. 180 guests were treated to High West Distillery cocktails, a five-course farm-to-table dinner conceptualized by Chef Toni of Limelight Catering, live music and those lucky enough boarded golf carts for a sweet ride featuring Laurent Perrier Champagne and desserts! Join our email list for an invite to our 2019 event.

Donate to the park here!

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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 (in photo) to apply.

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