SWW Newsletter Mar 2023:
Inspiring Women + A Countdown to Spring

Hello Wine Lovers,

Shall We Wine is eager to jump into the spring season ❤ As we count down the last days of the winter season, we invite you to dive into your wine + spirits curiosities with us. SWW has a fantastic lineup this month, along with special features of the women who inspire us in wine. We love you and will continue to champion for the excitement and enthusiasm you have for beverage experience.  Tell a friend. Follow us on social. Most of all... have fun. Cheers!
Celebrating Women: Chrishon Lampley 
Chrishon Lampley is a visionary entrepreneur known for her bold, resilient, tenacious, and innovative spirit. As a negociant and founder of LCS Entertainment, Inc., a licensed wholesaler, importer, and Minority Business Enterprise, she is dedicated to inspiring others to follow their dreams.

Love Cork Screw wines, the flagship brand of LCS Entertainment, launched six varietals in 2013 and has since sold over 2 million bottles nationwide, including at Midway airport. The brand has been recognized in Forbes magazine and received a 89 point rating with distinction from Wine Enthusiast Magazine for her "Be The Light" Sauvignon Blanc. Love Cork Screw wines are widely available and can be found at Mariano's, Meijer, Total Wines & More, Jewel-Osco, Walmart, Target, and Binny's, just to name a few.

Chrishon is passionate about giving back and mentors young women and budding entrepreneurs through various organizations. She is optimistic about the future and looks forward to continuing to build the LCS brand.
SWW Asks Chrishon: What Is Your Superpower?
My remarkable superpower is my unparalleled resilience in the face of adversity, which not only helps me overcome challenges in my business but also fuels my brand with an unrelenting spirit of determination and strength.
Celebrating Women: Le Grand Courtâge ELEVATE Initiative
In celebration of Women’s History Month ​Le Grand Courtâge (LGC) is excited to announce ELEVATE, its annual grant, mentorship and giveback program created to support women entrepreneurs. Spearheaded by proprietor Tawnya Falkner, ELEVATE will include a rotation of partners and projects throughout the year to address the challenges and needs of women. Core to LGC’s mission is giving back and helping the next generation of women and entrepreneurs succeed and excel!

LGC's Spring 2023 grant partner is Ladies Who Launch (LWL), a mission driven, 501(c)3 non-profit that empowers women and non-binary entrepreneurs to scale the businesses of their dreams. They do this by providing access to educational resources, capital programs, and community.
Le Grand Courtâge is an independent female owned and managed French wine brand. “Since launching my brand, my goal has been to spread positivity through our wines, help elevate our community, and to find ways to give back each year,” said Falkner. “I personally know how difficult it can be for female (identifying) entrepreneurs and the stats continue to show the unique challenges women face. By teaming up with similarly minded partners and pooling our financial resources, intellectual capital and networking communities, we will be able to provide meaningful immediate and longer-term support.”
If you or someone you know may be interested in applying to the Ladies Who Launch Launch Program, click here to apply and help spread the word! Applications are open now through March 31, 2023. To register for Ladies Who Launch's free Pathways to Capital Event on March 29 in Denver click here.
Celebrating Women: Drink This
Chamisal San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir
Light ruby in color, this Pinot Noir is expressive on the nose with vibrant notes of cherry, raspberry, and cinnamon. On the palate, the wine is bright and juicy with light tannins and a fresh finish.

SWW Asks Brianne: What Is Your Superpower?
My superpower is my intuition. It is easy to make wine by following a recipe of chemistry numbers but that does not always make an interesting wine. Years of experience tasting and making wines has built my confidence in decision making and following my gut even when sometimes the numbers don’t always agree. This has ultimately led to the wines I’m most proud of. It’s those types of decisions that is part of the artistry of winemaking which often results in more compelling wines. Brianne Engles, Winemaker for Chamisal.
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier
Crisp, bright, and vivacious! The Chenin aromatics bring citrus characters of lime, orange blossom, honey suckle, ginger, and melon. The viognier aromatics tend to be a little heavier on stone fruit of nectarine and peach with hints of floral characters. The mouthfeel is clean, crisp with no oak or malolactic fermentation.

SWW Asks Colleen: What Is Your Superpower?
I have a superpower of teleportation. Chenin Blanc + Viognier is a dynamic wine to make and I am able to be where I need to be at the right place, right time to weave together these unique varieties to create a tapestry of flavor and aromas that are inspiring and easy to enjoy. Working with Chenin Blanc and Viognier, I also get to go a lot of different places and meet a lot of different people in their winemaking journey. Colleen FitzGerald, Winemaker for Pine Ridge.
Ketcham Vineyard Pinot Noir
On the nose, there are floral bouquets & deep notes of black cherry, strawberry jam, cocoa beans, nutmeg and cloves. Raspberry jam, citrus rind, notes of spices and toasty caramelization will fill the taste buds.

SWW Asks Allie and Tammi: What Is Your Combined Superpower?
We both spend the day juggling work, life and kids. So by the evening we know what we want to drink…and we make it by turning the terroir of the vineyard into art in the glass!  Allie Ketcham is the proprietor and Tami Collins is the winemaker.
Celebrating Women: Join Us
Art of Womxn: Art & Wine Tour at 21c Chicago Enjoy a guided art tour of 21c Chicago's new exhibition OFF-SPRING, followed by a wine tasting hosted by Shall We Wine. Space is limited get tickets now!

Date and time
Thu, March 16, 2023, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
21c Museum Hotel Chicago
55 East Ontario Street Chicago, IL 60611

Click here for tickets to Art of Womxn!
Celebrating Women: Sneak Peak
Stay tuned for our upcoming interview on woman-owned importer Blanco y Rosso and to learn more about the woman-owned wine brand Dawn Chorus!
Amarone Amore!
J.C. Vines at Amarone Opera Prima 2023
Christopher Ruhland, Author of “Press for Champagne” recently tweeted, “whenever I drink Amarone, I think, I should drink more amarone.”  #SAME. Truer words were never tweeted. I broke my own rule, “save no wine,“  and reserved Amarone  for special occasions. I served it when I wanted to introduce my friends to something special or for birthdays. 
Drinking Wine In Its Birthplace Hits Different 
Earlier this year, I was invited by Valpolicella Consorzio Tutela Vini to the  Amarone Opera Prima, a two day event held in Verona, Italy. This celebration introduced the 2018 Amarone vintage to wine industry professionals and press. Hosted at the Gran Guardia building in the center of Verona, the celebration included;  a press conference, gala, master class, self guided tasting and meet the winemaker trade and public experiences. All activities with the single goal to familiarize guests with 2018 Amarone vintage and  the 64 producers who took part in Amarone Opera Prima 2023.
Eat Here
Eating My Way Through Chicago - One of the greatest challenges of living in Chicago is eating my way through our amazing restaurants. Put plainly, Chicago does not suck when it comes to dining options. We have hundreds of eateries for every occasion, mood, budget or palate. Just when I’ve scratched a restaurant off my “Must Try List,” another gem opens! What’s a girl to do? One word: EAT!
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