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Shall We Wine August 2019: Destiny Hunting, Wine Podcasts, Wine Recommendations

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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.


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Regine: "Let's go to the Amalfi Coast. My destiny is there."
Stacey: "Ok, but your destiny is expensive."

This was the DM (direct message) that started part 3 of my 5 parts of vacation planning. Yes, my vacations are in parts like epic movies, so good I want more!

Part I: Enjoy Collio Experience
Part II:Do Venice in 20 Hours
Part III: Destiny Hunting in the Amalfi Coast

When researching where to stay in Amalfi Coast, three cities appeared in every google search: Positano (for the rich and famous), Sorrento (recommended as the best city to visit your first time in Amalfi) and Ravelo (said to be the best place if you're on a budget). Well, we were on a budget. We traveled in June, one of the busiest times for tourism. Finding a hotel that meets my hotel snob and budget requirements is nearly impossible. As I thought my dreams of visiting Amalfi would need postponing again, Stacey read about an island an hour's boat ride from Sorento called Ischia and suggested we stay there. "Uh, but my destiny is in the Amalfi!!" was my response. She sent me the link to a gorgeous apartment with a sea view and private deck, and I suddenly expanded the parameters of where to locate my destiny.

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Getting to Ischia is a bit of a hike. We had an hour flight from Venice to Naples. Then a 20-minute taxi to the port (Beverello station for hydro, the fast but slightly more expensive boat). From there it's an hour by boat to Ischia. We had about an 40 minutes before our ship sailed, so I suggested we make a mad dash for provisions, i.e., bubbles! I need bubbles while I unpack, and I was truly nervous that there wouldn't be a store close to our apartment (boy was I wrong). We found a hot dingy mom and pop food mart near the train station where I found bottles of Prosecco on the top shelf. This is where I abandon my wine education in the name of a good time. Two bottles of suspicious bubbles secured, and we were on our way to what would be home for the next three nights.

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Sorento, Italy

Oh Ischia! The image I'll hold onto is one of an Italian man sitting on a bench at the port reading a 4x6 hardcover book. I imagine it was a book of poetry and thought, hey destiny, I'm here for you.
Here's the rundown of our trip. You may notice that I don't do a lot of "tourist" things. Site seeing is important to me, but I'm here for culture.

Where we stayed:

Il Lentisco Apartments in Villa. I loved this place. It's about a five-minute walk from the port. It's clean, decorated in simple modern furnishings and has a mesmerizing view. We stayed in the sea-facing two-bedroom apartment on the top floor. The unit has a private deck and two bathrooms. Note each of the four apartments is very different, so be specific when you book. I want to give it five stars, but I can't. There were a few issues that you must know if you're considering staying here. Although a kitchen is advertised (and there is one) it's not functioning. We chose this apartment because we love to make our own meals from local produce. We checked both and the Italian site that lists this property and both listed a kitchen and cooking utensils as amenities. Again, no functioning kitchen and no utensils. However, the hosts and cleaning crew were lovely and attentive. They provided a picnic basket breakfast every morning with warm pastries and fresh juices. Check out the basket on IGTV!


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What We Drank:

This part of the trip was not about wine education but drinking. Ischia is known for its wines. The combination of a Mediterranean climate and volcanic soil creates interesting wines of depth and character. Adding to our suspicious 6e Prosecco, we explored a local wine shop and found Tommasone Per' E Palummo. The wine is rich with soft tannins with loads of plum and cherry flavors, a perfect pairing to our beautiful view.
This area is known for the famous Italian liquor limoncello. Limoncello tastes like a lemon Now and Later candy floating in grappa. Speaking of grappa, another local favorite is a fennel-based spirit known as Finnochiato. Some local restaurants serve a refined version of sangria: white wine with fresh peaches. Since I am a professional, I made sure to taste all of the local offerings!
I met up with winemaker Francesco DiFillipis of Cosino Maria Nasini who happened to be in town for an event. We tasted his Sauvignon Blanc and Vermentino (always fab) and a his silky, polished copper-colored rosé made of Sangiovese.

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What We Ate:

When I'm at home in Chicago, the grocery store is one of my least favorite places, in Europe, it's my playground. We enjoyed most of our meals at the villa, feasting on local cheeses, ham, truffle spreads from Venice, tomatoes, and melons grown in the garden of Eden (the only explanation for why they're so good).
We lunched at Da Adolfo Positano restaurant, famous for its great seafood, seaside view and penis inspired sculptures. Yup I said penis! Everything about this place is delicious; from the people to the view, to the dishes. You must try the mussels, grilled anchovy, and the eggplant.

Must do:
Ischia is known for its thermal baths. There are a few options, we chose Poseidon"The largest thermal park of the island of Ischia. Over 20 pools overlook the beautiful Bay of Citara." You can spend the day lounging on the beach, testing the therapeutic baths, getting a spa treatment or dining in one of the three restaurants on the property.

Last Thoughts:
I've been fortunate to travel to some beautiful places. I can't recall one place that felt so much like home. Although I enjoyed our visits to Positano and Sorrento, after a few hours away from Ischia I was itching to get back. I think of it as home.

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When you fall in love with wine, you commit to a life of learning. One of my fav ways to up my wine game and stay current on trends, people and places is listening to podcasts. I listen to a few podcasts. Here are two of my recommendations.

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About This Show: Jermaine Stone, CEO of Cru Luv Wine talks to Hip Hop oenophiles to find the perfect match between music and wine on "Wine and Hip Hop."

Why You Should Listen:
This is the real deal. Pairing wine and music has become a trend. Some do it well; Stone does it mo' better. This podcast is packed with eclectic guests who share a common love for wine and hip hop. The guests are fresh, funny, and drop wine jewels with an ease that makes traditionally heady wine vocab comprehensible. The hook is hearing Stone and guests go deep and break down how the elements of a wine compare to a component of hip hop. Listen to episode 14: Terrior Squad with Dominick Purnomo when they provide one of the best explanations for terrior that I've ever heard.

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About This Show:

"The Wine for Normal People® podcast is for people who like wine but not the attitude that goes with it. Elizabeth Schneider, Wine for Normal People Podcast Host and Chief Normal Wine Person says “I translate wine into normal terms that you can relate to through the podcast, blog, awesome online classes, and acclaimed corporate wine events.”

Why You Should Listen:

If you're seeking a deeper understanding of wine without signing up for wine school, this is the podcast for you. Schneider and company take turns drilling down on wine terms, people and places in a way that's easy and entertaining.



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“The message has to be, don’t just drink wine, explore wine,” Regine Rousseau tells VinePair. The Chicago-based sommelier, wine educator, and entrepreneur leads tastings and demonstrations as CEO of Shall We Wine.

She’s passionate about building a larger table — and pouring everybody a glass." Rousseau holds Level II certification from the International Sommelier Guild and an Executive Bourbon Steward degree from Stave and Thief Society. She’s also worked in wine sales, and is a published author and poet. (And actually, one of her poetry readings was previously written up in The New Yorker.)"

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"“I was able to leverage my previous trip to Paris, websites and my friend, Regine’s business relationships for the Champagne Region Tour,” Pamela told Travel Noire.

She previously built a friendship with Regine who happens to be a Black sommelier. Her company, Shall We Wine, is based in the United States but has a close connection to Paris. As a personal gift to Pamela, she helped to plan a champagne Tour with another black sommelier that lives in Paris."



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Stuck in a wine rut? Drinking the same wines every week? Are you confused about which wines to try when at the wine shop? Shall We Wine to the rescue. Every Wednesday we post a wine of the week on Instagram, Facebook and Shall We Wine Blog.

1. IGTV - Want a quick recommendation telling you A) what to drink, B) why we like it and C) when to serve it? Watch a short 30 second video on IGTV or YouTube (@ShallWeWine)
2. READ - Want to go deeper and learn some fact about the wine of the week? Check out the Shall We Wine Blog for our Wine of The Week Wine Notes![]


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Join Us for Our Next Cooking Party and Wine Tasting
I can't get enough of Italy, so I convinced my Cecelia to teach us how to make some of my favorite Italian dishes. I will be pairing these with some Italian deliciousness.

Italian Themed Menu


Charcuterie tray or Prosciutto flatbread Served with the Bella (Prosecco based cocktail)


Served with a White, Rose, and Red (we will learn about food and wine pairings and discuss which wines work best with each dish).


Arugula and endive salad with roasted pear and toasted pine nuts, herb sherry vinaigrette


Roasted butternut squash sage risotto, Pan-seared scallops, Sautéed spinach

Dessert: Served with dessert wine

Dark chocolate cake OR Non-dairy gelato


1. Chef Cecelia and Regine will start your evening off with prepared appetizers and a cocktail.
2. You will cook in teams, so bring your spouse, co-work or favorite cooking buddy
3. Learn to plate your creation
4. Enjoy a sit down dinner in a lovely open dinning area with beautiful table setting
5. Learn which wines work best (and not so well) with dishes in an interactive environment
6. End the night with a touch of sweetness: dessert and dessert wine
1. Chef Cecelia and Regine will start your evening off with prepared appetizers and a cocktail.
2. You will cook in teams, so bring your spouse, co-work or favorite cooking buddy
3. Learn to plate your creation
4. Enjoy a sit down dinner in a lovely open dinning area with beautiful table setting
5. Learn which wines work best (and not so well) with dishes in an interactive environment
6. End the night with a touch of sweetness: dessert and dessert wine

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

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

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At Shall We Wine make learning about wines fun! 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 upcoming themes we’re hosting:

Wines for Under $15

Mixology Class

Bourbon Basics

Blind Tasting Highs and Lows


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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!

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