Marie Cheslik is a Wisconsin-born registered nurse, certified sommelier, and entrepreneur. In 2010, Marie moved to Chicago to get her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and during school, she also worked as a part-time hostess in a restaurant. She loved the culture, energy, and easy access to tasty snacks. She balanced two careers, working as a nurse and at award-winning restaurants, becoming more passionate about wine.
Marie passed the Certified Exam from the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2018, worked her way up to Wine Director at Michelin starred-restaurant, Elske, and even received nominations including ‘Best Sommelier’ from Jean-Banchet, Eater’s ‘Young Guns’ in 2020. She was also awarded ‘Best Side Hustle’ by Chicago Magazine for working as a sommelier and using her Registered Nurse license to help during COVID-19. In August 2020, she created Slik Wines as a way to continue teaching about wine in an approachable and safe environment.
Growing up drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she understands that wine can be a daunting subject. Having the right person who can guide the way can make the big world of wine a friendly and exciting adventure.