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Valentine’s Love, Event Mania & Black History Month Features

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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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Author Meet & Greet
Copperfield's Books Healdsburg

2/9 - Healdsburg, CA

I’m here in sunny California for a few days soaking up the warmth! This weekend Copperfield’s will be hosting an Author Meet & Greet, in which I’ll be promoting Searching for Cloves and Lilies: The Wine Edition. Follow us on social media outlets to see what’s going on while I’m in Sonoma!


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A Pre-Valentine’s Wine & Poetry Night:
Let’s Talk About Love

Uncommon Ground - Lakeview
2/13 - Chicago, IL

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In celebration of love, join this curated dinner show of rare wine pairings in the Uncommon Ground Listening Room!

$50 package includes: 2 seats to the performance, 1 bottle of wine (pick red or white at checkout), and 1 copy of Regine's Searching for Cloves and Lilies.

Special wine selections for the evening by Heritage Wine Cellars, featuring some cool Italian producers. See the “We Had to Share” section below to learn more about the featured producers.


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Three Degrees of Sweetness:
Chocolate & Wine Pairing

A Secret Location
2/15 - Chicago, IL

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Join me and Ramona Thomas, Award-Winning Chocolatier along with My Chocolate Soul, while we guide you through paired chocolates and wines selected exclusively for this post Valentine's Day event.

Shhh… this event will be hosted at a private club in Lincoln Park. Address & secret code revealed to guests 24 hours prior to event.


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March Events - Keep Your Eyes Peeled!

3/5 & 3/23 - Chicago, IL - Details to come.

Save this Fat Tuesday 3/5 for a new restaurant opening party and 3/23 for a cooking party with Heartfelt Catering!

Updates will be announced on our social media platforms, so make sure to follow us to stay updated!




There's a breadth of diversity when it comes to Italian wine even just in varietal options and labeling rules alone! We're excited to share these selections for the Uncommon Ground event on 2/13.

If you don't already know, Valentine's is my favorite holiday, so despite that it is a made up holiday, I simply love celebrating love! It'll be a night devoted to it. Grab a plus one for 2/13, pick your red or white bottle selection at ticket checkout, and come ready for fun!

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Here's a quick rundown of the two options for the evening:


Cantina Sampietrana (the red option): Established in 1952, Cantina Sampietrana specializes in an array of native grapes. I’m featuring a wine from Salento, what’s known as the southeastern “heel" zone of Italy's Puglia region, highlighting rare varieties. What’s notably cool here is the redistribution of land before its establishment, giving small farmers a chance to grow and develop.


Natale Verga (the white option): Casa Vinicola Natale Verga was founded in the late 1800s. Sourcing from diverse sites all over the Italian peninsula, it is one of the larger producers in Italy in their category. I wanted to focus on a Veneto choice as it has such a cultural and architecturally dense background. Most will quickly associate the region with Soave as far as whites go, but there's so much more than that!




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!

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One of the most common wine questions that we are asked is, “are there any Black owned wineries?”

Many are surprised when we say yes and begin to list them - they do exist!

Recently, the beverage industry has been exposed for its lack of diversity. In response, there have been more open discussions about inclusion. Many major wine & spirits publications have shown support by spotlighting African, Afro-Caribbean, and African American vintners. This Black History Month (and the months to follow), we invite you to fill your glasses with wines by Black Vintners.

Where will you find them?

We’ve been sharing all along! As far as we’re concerned when it comes to wine, the color that matters the most is delicious! From day one, Shall We Wine has introduced you to the deliciousness made by vintners of African descent via our newsletter, social media reviews, events and wine trips.

Some of the Black wineries we’ve featured are: Fog Crest, Theopolis Vineyards, McBride Sisters, Maison Noire, Seven Sisters, Alex Cooper Project, Flo Wines, Abbey Creek Vineyards, Brown Estate and Vision Cellars.

Want to try more wines by Black Vintners? If you’re in Chicago, head to Kimbark Beverage Shoppe (1214 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615) in Hyde Park. They offer free parking and an impressive selection of wines by Black Vintners. FYI, Kimbark is also Black owned.

For more information about Black Vintners, check out the Association of African American Vintners (AAAV).

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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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