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Meet Shayna Wells of Pour Pairings

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shayna Wells. 

Hi Shayna, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My name is Shayna Wells and I am a systems engineer by day and an avid wine enthusiast by (day and) night. I’ve always enjoyed trying new wines and I love food but it wasn’t until a friend and I started hosting dinner parties with wine pairings that I became obsessed with wine pairings. The story behind a glass of wine, why the same grapes taste different depending on the region or producer, and why some wines were better paired with certain foods than others was so intriguing to me. I decided I would take some classes to officially educate myself on “all things wine” so I started with a few wine certification courses and I’ve been hooked ever since. It was these classes that led me to create my company, Pour Pairings. I was looking for a way to enhance my wine education. When tasting multiple wines for class, I needed something to eat to help experience all of the nuances some wines have to offer but didn’t always want to cook a full meal. Having the “perfect” snacks on hand made my studying a lot easier and made wine drinking that much more enjoyable.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
We are still a new company (less than a year old) so there are definitely some growing pains like learning about owning a business, marketing and advertising, and the worldwide supply chain issues but overall, my journey with Pour Pairings has been pretty smooth thankfully.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Pour Pairings?
At Pour Pairings, our focus is on wine education and enhancing your wine drinking experience by delivering delicious wine pairings and accessories every month. Each of our Pour Pairings boxes are filled with snacks and fun tools to be enjoyed with a particular wine, anything from Cava to Cabernet Sauvignon to Malbec, plus history and fun facts about the wine of the month. We make it easy to learn about new wines and wine pairings in a fun and delicious way. We also host in-person and virtual wine tastings that are perfect for any occasion – birthdays, corporate team building, bachelorette parties, etc.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Wine makes me very happy! Drinking it is great, but in learning about it, the different varietals, wine regions, producers, the education of wine is never-ending. Travel is my first and forever love, but with Covid still lurking around, I’ve been able to take a little trip to a different wine region with each new bottle.My obsession has also inadvertently turned me into a wine collector, so with over 100 bottles of wine at home, I can take all of the trips I want.

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