Author: Regine Rousseau

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I Pop for Bubbles

I don’t have many Christmas traditions. I don’t put up a tree or even hang a stocking. I barely buy gifts or send cards. I know I sound like a Grinch. But I am not. I like Christmas and the few traditions that I’ve managed to create are sacred. One of my holiday musts is bubbles at Pops for Champagne. Pops has been in business in Chicago for 30 years and according to their website “is the nations’ most acclaimed...

Hello Old Friend

Don’t you just love running into one of your friends? If you are having a bad day your mood suddenly lightens! If you’re having a good day, seeing them just made it even better. A few months ago, I ran into one of my favs at Bar Ramone Lettuce Entertain You’s new Spanish Tapas Restaurant in Chicago’s River North. I was admiring the decor when I looked up to see Coto De Gomariz The Flower and the Bee. Omg! We...

A Wine Plateau

This 30 wine reviews in 30 days challenge has made me realize that I was in a wine plateau. Drinking the same deliciously familiar wines week after week. It happens, we find our comfort zone and just hang there. One of my strategies for breaking this cycle has been to try a new restaurant, browse the wine list, and simply choose the first wine that I don’t recognized. Warning this strategy has a fifty percent failure rate, but it’s all...

The Argentinian Wine You Should Be Drinking

Bonarda is a red wine from Argentina made from the grape Douce Noir. Bonarda, not to be mistaken with the Italian grape Bonarda Piendmontese is Argnetina’s second most widely planted grape. Shadowed by Argentinian Malbec’s popularity Bonarda has yet to make its way as a staple on American’s wine racks. Well, it should. Why? Because I said so 😂. Seriously, Bonarda is a medium bodied, easy drinking, fruit forward wine with low tannins and high acidity, which makes it more...

A Little Grit In My Wine

Falcata Casa Gran wine reminds of the good guy that I just can’t seem to fall in love with. Fathers like this wine—a sturdy blend of Garnacha Tintorera, Syrah and Monastrell grapes. Mothers like this wine—rich on the nose with aromas of warm prunes, anise and chocolate covered cherries. My friends love this wine—seductive mouthfeel and sweet maraschino cherries, bread pudding, raisins black tea and pepper on the palate. This Spanish hunk seems to have it all. What's wrong with me? I sat...

How to Measure True Love

You can measure how much I love you by whether I’ve introduced you to Finn’s Gin. If I like you, I might have sent you a photo of the bottle via text. If I love you, I’ve made you a cocktail featuring Finn’s Gin. If I’ve gifted you a bottle, well then, I’m all in. As a young adult, I often heard the phrase, “gin makes you sin.” So, when I began to explore alcohol, I stayed away. I didn’t...

Cocktail Courier 

I love Cocktail Courier! It's Blue Apron for cocktail lovers. Check out this video and use coupon code ShallWeWine to receive 25% off your first kit https://youtu.be/Ls7h_PhZTaw...

Bourbon & Brisket Brunch

Shall We Wine is excited to partner with Fizz Bar & Grill and Chef Larry Tucker from Crazy Bird on our 2nd pop-up brunch series. This time we're heading South to bring you some Southern comfort food. Can you say "Brisket & Bourbon"? What a combination! The smoked paprika spices of Chef Larry's tender mouth-watering brisket paired with a refreshing bourbon cocktail. Mmmmm ...