As a wine & spirits educator, Regine uses her platform and unique experience to bring honest and engaging narratives to the spirit of the food and beverage community. Inspired by breaking down the boundaries between the beverage professional and the consumer, she takes easily perplexing subjects and presents them in a lively, enjoyable light.
A Haitian-American, Regine is passionate and a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in all facets of the wine & spirits industry. She uses her influence to empower others to reach their potential, from brands to fellow entrepreneurs. It’s without question she was honored as a “Diversity in Wine 2019 Wine Influencer” and one of “40 African-American Tastemakers.”
Her involvement reaches far and wide. She was named a Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic semi-finalist in 2011, 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 and served as emcee for the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Wine and Dine event in 2018. She began contributing a wine column for the Chicago Defender in 2013. She was also a featured panelist at the Association of Writers & Writing Program conference in 2012, 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, Cuisine Noir and has made television appearances on Sister Circe Live, WGN Chicago, Great Day Washington, Let’s Talk Live and Windy City Live.