The Coven: Lauren Elizabeth Wilton
No grape witch or wizard can be their most powerful without help and love and inspiration.
Here we introduce the humans we hold near and dear to our hearts. Our brilliant collaborators, teachers, mentors and friends. Up first is the brilliant Lauren Wilton who we have had the pleasure of knowing for many years. Lauren is fierce, beautiful, hard working and absolutely killing it as one of the GMs and wine maven at Superpoint. We couldn’t hold our events without her and couldn’t be more excited to work a ton with her. You should all know and be obsessed with this firecracker of a human. xo K + N
LAUREN WILTON, Superpoint Sorcerer
where is your family from: i hail from winnipeg, manitoba which is a very underrated place. it is so cold here in the wintertime that little boys & little girls at a young age band together not only to stay warm, but also to create their own fun because otherwise, they'd die of boredom. people here take up playing instruments, planting gardens, drawing pictures, singing songs, casting spells and, most importantly, start drinking wine & causing a ruckus earlier than most. it is a beautiful, often overlooked city full of witches and wizards embracing the strange, keeping it weird, and doing remarkable things in the arts & otherwise. Winnipeggers can also hold their liquor like no one you've ever known.
first glass of wine: the first glass of wine that i remember being blown away by was poured for me by lesa lapointe, who was then the sommelier at enoteca sociale. i was a line cook and a hostess there at the time, and during one of her monthly staff wine classes she poured for me my first "natural" wine; something bright orange and kind of cloudy. she is the first woman i ever admired in wine (this was before i met krysta oben, grape witch and one of my closest friends); she spoke about wine with such passion, without snobbery, and encouraged me to start TALKING about what i was drinking, even if it was just to say that i would like a lipstick in the colour of the wine she had just poured (i was really into coral that summer).
favourite spell: my current favourite spell is a love spell. it consists of me drinking a bottle of wine at home and smoking a joint, then heading over to the home of whichever wizard i am interested in (at the time). then, in my very witchy way, i summon him to pour me a glass of bubbles, and order me hundreds of dollars worth of chinese food while i relax in a bubble bath, that i demand he has ready on my arrival. this spell is intended to entice the wizard into falling deeply & madly in love with me. this spell can be extremely effective, but only on a very particular type of man.
the most scandalous person you've ever kissed: let's just say i spilled the beans while drunk one christmas and my mother can no longer watch her favourite show on the food network in peace.
how many sultry dresses do you own: you'll have to come to my monthly GRAPE WITCH wine rave seance to find out... it's been a while since i broke out my collection..
what is your favourite thing to make in a cauldron: my minestrone, of course! as many friends, lovers and former roommates can attest, i make the world's best minestrone. i simmer bacon, carrots, onions & celery with wine, tomatoes (that i can every august), broth, prosciutto rinds and parmesan ends. at the end i add green things which give you magic powers, like kale, and kidney beans. i serve this with lots of olive oil, salt, arugula pesto, lots of parm & cracked black pepper. actually, this too is kind of a love spell.
what do you most love in a wine: i love a wine that makes you look twice, to wonder if it is wine or if it could be something entirely different? nutty wine that could be sherry, sour wine that could be beer, unfiltered rusty wines that look like they should have been thrown out with the bathwater after a weekend at the winnipeg folk festival... wine that tastes like grapes and of places and unlike anything i ever drank growing up.
what do you most want to teach muggles (NON WINE PROFESSIONALS):
so much that i love about wine is how it can change according to the friends you are drinking it with, or the place where you are drinking it. you don't need to be in a stuffy restaurant with a sommelier and white tablecloths to enjoy a nice bottle of wine. one of my favourite wine memories is shown here.. living in prince edward county two summers ago, drinking lighthall pinot noir slightly chilled fresh out of the cooler in a red cup, about to head into the milford pig roast & corn boil after an afternoon drinking lambrusco that we chilled in the lake water after having sex in a secluded area of point petre. wine can be fun, and needs not to be stuffy or drunk in proper glassware as long as you've got good folks to drink it with.