Meet Regine Rousseau
An author, poet, speaker, television personality, wine expert and CEO. Nicked-named the “Deliciousness Huntress” Regine T Rousseau is known for a fun approach to wine, travel, and life. She is an advocate for creating the lives of our dreams and uses a tell -it- like it- is approach to inspiring others to live their best lives.
Regine T. Rousseau fell in love with wine during a college study abroad trip to Besançon, France. Bitten by the wine bug early on, she began her career in the beverage industry as a salesperson for a wine distributor. While in this role Rousseau noticed how the barrier of “wine speak” formed a disconnect between wine professionals and consumers. Inspired to bridge the gap, Rousseau started her company Shall We Wine, a wine, spirits and beer tasting company based in Chicago.
At Shall We Wine, Rousseau helps wine and spirits brands expand their presence through TV, social media, pop-up and corporate events. Making wine approachable and accessible is at the core of Rousseau’s work. She and her expertly trained Shall We Wine team are masters at translating complex terminology into language that individuals of every level of wine proficiency appreciates.
Language is also integral to Rousseau’s work as a poet and published author where wine and written word are often interwoven. In her latest book, Searching for Cloves and Lilies: The Wine Edition (published April 2018), Rousseau boldly illustrates the dynamics of personal relationships while pairing each poem with wine that echoes the mood of her writing. Her international 2018/2019 book tour was hosted at City Winery (multi -cities USA), American Bookstore (Rome, Italy) and other venues.
Rousseau received her Level II certification from the International Sommelier Guild and an Executive Bourbon Steward from Stave and Thief Society.
Rousseau has traveled around the globe to share her wine and beverage expertise and has been listed as “Diversity in Wine 2019 Wine Influencer” one of “40 African-American Tastemakers.” She was named a Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic semi-finalist in 2011 and served as emcee for the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Wine and Dine event in 2018. She was also a featured panelist at the Association of Writers & Writing Program conference in 2013, the inaugural Blacks in Wine Symposium in 2017, the Women’s Breakfast Business Panel presented by the City of Chicago and the SoloCEO Summit in 2019. Additionally, Rousseau has been featured in The New Yorker, Vine Pair, Black Enterprise and Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and has made television appearances on Sisters Circe Live, WGN Chicago, Great Day Washington, Let’s Talk Live and Windy City Live.