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Life with Wine: Oral Hygiene

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Love this article put out by my friends at BottleNotes!  People are always asking me about wine staining and how it affects their pearly whites.  This is the answer I generally give below after I asked my dentist about it a few years back.  Read on…as BottleNotes has a few more tips for keeping those gorgeous…

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December 20, 2014

Read, Drink, Listen

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A little Read, a little Drink and a little Listen! This month, in my regular column for Edina Magazine, I list a delicious Italian red for toasting to the holidays. Read, Drink, Listen Read Parents and children might need a humorous book or two as December descends and the holidays loom. The awful Herdman kids…

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December 16, 2014

6 Easy Tips for pairing Wine with Holiday Food

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Love this post that Serena Ball of Teaspoon of Spice posted after attending an ALDI Blogher conference I helped host in November.  A great recap of the tips I gave participants! 6 Easy Tips for Pairing Wine with Holiday Food November 26, 2014 By Serena Ball A few surprise tips that will make your holiday wine and food…

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December 12, 2014

Tips for Holiday Entertaining

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The holiday season is a time for gathering, entertaining, and further more, a time for sharing wine amongst friends and family. Whether you are on a budget, willing to splurge or somewhere in between, here are a few simple tips and entertaining ideas for following when gathering for the holiday season! 1.  Consider your audience.…

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December 6, 2014

Somm Speak ~ A new monthly blog exchange with A Perfect Pint

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Somm Speak A new monthly blog exchange on my pal, Cicerone Michael Agnew’s blog, A Perfect Pint. __________________________________________________________________________ A Season for Sharing ~ Thanksgiving Pairings Whether you’re a beer enthusiast or a wine fanatic, there’s one thing we can all agree upon this Thanksgiving season, you’re gonna need one or the other for this season…

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November 26, 2014

All about that Gravy, that Gravy

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I am grateful for a number of things this holiday season, but most of all…for my dearest friends.  Not only are we so thrilled to have a new section added to Amusée’s blog this week, A Monthly Pint, but to have Chef Mike Shannon join us for a guest post also this week sharing some…

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November 25, 2014

A Monthly Pint

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We are SO excited to announce a new monthly segment to Amusée’s Blog — A Monthly Pint — by my beer bestie, Certified Cicerone Michael Agnew of A Perfect Pint! Most of you have either read, attended or heard of me rave of my #BeerBFF, Michael.  The two of us have been teaching beer/wine classes…

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November 24, 2014

Chef Mike’s Drunkin’ Punkin’ Pie Recipe w/ wine pairing

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A class that has now become one of our Cooks of Crocus Hill staples, Holiday Pairings, was taught last night for the 4th year in a row by Chef Mike Shannon & myself.  With a wait list over a mile long, we squeezed in as many ‘Holiday Pairing’ fanatics as possible for this three hour…

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November 19, 2014

Congratulations, Douro Valley!

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It’s happened!   The top ten wines of the world list has finally been unveiled & fully announced by The Wine Spectator! Congratulations to Dow’s with their 2011Vintage Port making it to the #1 spot!   Truly, a spectacular wine as I did have the opportunity to taste this wine when I was in Portugal this past…

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November 14, 2014

November Wine Pick

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This month in my column for Edina Magazine, I recommend one of my favorite ‘everyday drinking’ whites that I almost ALWAYS have on tap at my house!  A perfect sipper for light bites, or better yet–a perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving Table.  And, if you’re into pairing your vino with a read or a listen,…

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November 12, 2014
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