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Vinho Verde and Vision Boards

I was asked by a doctoral candidate, “which wines pair best with writing." My answer was simple, “I don’t drink when I write.” Writing, for me, requires focus and control. Before I put fingertips to keyboard, my process is to take some time to dream about the story I want to tell. “I don't drink when I write but I do when I dream.” Which Wines Pair With Writing? Creating a vision board is one of the methods I use to...

Wine of the Week: Twenty Ten Wines Rosé

We are excited to introduce you to a wine new to the Shall We Wine family! Our Wine of the Week is the Twenty Ten Wines 2018 Rosé . The brainchild of mother and son team Michael and Jacky Davis, Twenty Ten Wines was established in 2017. Watch the video. Meet The Davis Family The mother and son duo fell in love with wine in 2014 and joined forces to bring California deliciousness to their friends in Chicago. With the...

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier, 2019 3/18/20

This Week’s Wine of the Week, is the Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier, 2019. I am super excited to share this wine with you as I have been a fan of this winery since the late 1990s. Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier and other wines from this winery were a part of my portfolio when I was a wine sales representative. When the winery sent a DM asking if I would consideration featuring this as a wine of...

Gérard Bertrand Wine of the Week- 3/11/2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Marianne Fabre-Lanvin & Co (MFLNCO) hosted a lunch at the Ritz Carlton Chicago’s Torali Italian Steak House to reintroduce the Chicago market to the iconic wines of Gérard Bertrand.  In attendance were Chicago press, Sommeliers and wine buyers. I was excited for the invitation and requested an interview with Venessa Queyranne, Sommelier and Gérard Bertrand Brand Ambassador. Link to video interview. Read about the Gérard Bertrand and the lunch bamazing lunch served at the...

A Chip off the Boulevardier

Our friend Chastity Beasley, Uncle Nearest Whiskey Brand Ambassador, is back with another delicious cocktail. As usual she is sharing historical info just in time for women's history month. Did you miss our last segment with Chastity? Check it out here. You may remember Uncle Nearest Whiskey from our "How To Incorporate Wine and Spirits into Your New Lifestyle Segment on WGN." The link to today's cocktail hour video with fun facts and recipes is below. A Little-Known Women’s History Fact: Victoria Eady...

Wine of the Week Tea Party

Shall We Wine TV has an especially sweet and tasty Valentine’s Day segment for you. Check out the YouTube video (link below) featuring our tea party with Chef Lisa Shaw of Lisa's Boutique Catering. We are Shall We Wine, so our party includes wine and CAKE! (L) Regine TRousseau (R) Chef Lisa Shaw Here are some tips on setting up your own Galentine's Day Tea Party. Why a Tea Party I love Valentine’s Day! It's an opportunity to celebrate the people...

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Wine of the Week- Mount Peak 2015 Gravity Red Blend

This week's Wine of the Week; Mount Peak 2015 Gravity Red Blend. A big bodacious red wine blend from the famous Monte Rosso Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, California. Get ready for delicousness! Wine: Monte Rosso was first planted in 1886 and is known for producing award winning wines made from Zinfandel, Semillon and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2016 Gravity is a blend of Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. 2015 Gravity Red Blend Region: California Grapes: Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon...

Bretonnière Muscadet Wine of the Week 1/28

This Week’s Wine of the Week, is the Domaine de la Bretonnière, Muscadet Sever & Maine, 2018. I am super excited to share the Bretonnière Muscadet as the wine of the week with you. Yes, of course this wine is delicious, but I wanted to focus on some information on the label before we go into what’s this week's wine of the week's bottle. Link to the video below. Producer:  Domaine de la BretonnièreMuscadet: is an appellation (not the...

The Wine Buzz in Collio, Italy

The wine buzz in Collio, Italy is their Collio Bianco! This iconic white blend is a heavenly offering of the region's soul. To drink Collio Bianco is to travel to its home. The wines smell like spring evenings perfumed with white flowers! They are as fresh as the cool mornings and as voluptuous as Collio’s warm midday air, seasoned with a touch of salt. Read more about the wine buzz in Collio, Italy Although I was familiar with the wines, this region...

Wine of the Week: 2017 Chateau Rocher Calon 1/8/2020

Wine: 2017 Chateau Rocher Calon Montagne St. Emilion Region: St. Emilion Bordeaux, France Price: $20 Grapes: 95 % merlot 5% Cabernet Franc Taste: The wine has a velvety, plush mouthfeel, soft tannins with dark fruit, chocolate and herbal notes. Fun Story: One of my most memorable wine e experiences was when I tricked one of my I-Don’t-Drink-Fucking-Merlot Friends into drinking Merlot (mentioned in this video). I brought the wine of the week to her house, decanted (when should you decant wine? read this article). and...

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