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Holiday Merrymaking & Closing Out 2019

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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

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Holiday season jitters and the hopeful anticipation of an upcoming new year are likely to be met with end-of-the-year reflections. Saying hello to a new decade? Wow! To think of everything that has happened in the last 10 years is truly spectacular. From working with incredible tastemakers to launching a major, multi-city book tour... a huge part of every success is thanks to you, Shall We Wine tribe! Thank you, for blanketing Shall We Wine with love.

That love is the reason we have the ability to serve you and those beyond our own circle of wine lovers. Here's to another decade of unforgettable events, inspiring people, amazing travel, engaging conversations — we’ve taken this flavorful journey together and we can’t wait to show you what’s next!


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‘Tis the season of holiday cheer and gift giving!

As the holiday season is among us, keep Searching for Cloves & Lilies: The Wine Edition in mind for the readers and wine lovers on your gift giving list. Fulfill your holiday shopping AND support the writer community all in one swoop!

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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2019 was about the #LevelUp and redefining what’s possible and expected. Let’s take a trip down memory lane — here’s an end-of-the-year roundup of the 2019 highlights. If this was 2019, 2020 will be quite a delicious future!

Women in Wine Conferences:
Women of the Vines — March 2019
Bâtonnage — May 2019
Dream Big Darling — September 2019

TV Appearances:
Let's Talk Live D.C. — May 2019
Let's Talk Live D.C. — November 2019
Great Day Washington — May 2019
Sister Circle Live — May 2019
Sister Circle Live — October 2019
Windy City Live — March 2019
Windy City Live — October 2019

International Travel:
Italy — Collio
Italy — Ischia
Italy — Rome (+ Book Signing)
France — Champagne (Aube)
France — Burgundy (Château de Savigny-les-Beaune and Mâcon)
France — Jura
France — Paris
France — Provence
France — Rhône (Ardèche, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Crozes-Hermitage, Lirac, St. Joseph)
France — Savoie

Domestic Travel:
Paso Robles

Beverage Industry Enthusiast — July 2019
Travel Noir — July 2019
VinePair — July 2019

Book Tour:
Tour continued with another appearance at City Winery Chicago and Uncommon Ground



Tired of hosting the same kind of events and looking for something to make them different?

Shall We Wine also plans experiences for corporate events! We work with our corporate clients to create wine, beer and spirit-focused experiences. These experiences include: wine dinners, wine tastings, team building "cocktail" exercises and more!

Just some examples of the themes we’ve hosted:

15 Wines for Under $15

Steal or Splurge

Bourbon Basics

Wine Tasting and Cooking Party

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Whether it’s from ringing in the new year or from another holiday dinner, you may find yourself with some wine leftovers. If you find that you must save what’s left in those bottles and they’re much too precious to re-purpose into a sangria mix of some sort, there are ways to extend the life of your drinks.

With all the iterations of gadgets, it can be overwhelming trying to choose what is right for you. Just remember the general rule with whatever tool or method you choose is limiting contact with air, everything else is just fluff!

Champagne/Sparkling Wine Stoppers
Fizz isn’t something that sticks around for long, no matter the mode of re-storage. To keep whatever’s left intact past the night’s dinner, using a stopper similar to this one or this one should do just fine.

If something more bling-like is your jam but you need it to be functional as well as pretty, something gold like this might do the trick!

Mason Jar or Pickling Jar
These are the closest to airtight you’re going to get. Pour your leftover wine into a jar, making sure to pick one that’s as close to size of how much liquid you have left. The less space there is between the top of the jar and where the jar is full, the better.

Vacu Vin
The Vacu Win works by sucking out the air in a bottle of open wine, therefore limiting the chances of heavy oxidation. Keep in mind that nothing is as closed as an unopened bottle of wine, and as effective as this is, it’s still an open bottle of wine at the end of the day. Just think that your wine's having a nice, long decant but don’t wait to get back to it after too long.

None of these are long term storage solutions, wine is constantly evolving, especially opened bottles. The majority of everyday drinking wines won’t last more than a few days open. As with any gadget or closing medium, make sure to pick one which accommodates the sizing of your appropriate wine bottle, if applicable.

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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.

Learn, Drink, Repeat!
The Shall We Wine Team

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