Regine Rousseau is a powerhouse. Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Haiti, she is a self-published author, art collector, business owner, and entrepreneur. She was also a wine columnist for the South Suburban News for several years. In 2011 she was a semi-finalist for the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic contest for A Sinner Sings a Sestina, and her book of poetry, Searching for Cloves and Lilies, was featured in the New Yorker magazine. Regine has been an expert panelist at the Association of Writers & Writing Program conference. She contributed to the session “Haitian literature being written in the 21st century – both within Haiti and its global diaspora” at the AWP Conference in 2012. She began contributing a wine column for the Chicago Defender in 2013.
In addition to writing, Regine has pursued a relationship she first formed while participating in the college study abroad program in Besançon, France. Regine was introduced to a love that has endured for decades: wine.
She began as a wine salesperson, but developed a love of wine beyond selling. Wine grew from a hobby to a job to a passion, and when she was laid off in 2013, saw an opportunity to re-launch Chicago-based Shall We Wine, an enterprise specializing in craft spirits and boutique wines. In addition to hosting tastings across the city, Regine conducts in-store wine demonstrations and trains wine consultant on products.
Recently, Regine has merged her creative skills with her passion for wine. She launched Champagne Diaries, an original dramatic blog in which Champagne is a main character. Regine skillfully crafts a narrative of Champagne as a dynamic companion through twists and turns that life brings about.