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How to Pair Wine with Summer Cookout Foods

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In my most recent interview for Bed, Bath & Beyond with writer Leigh K, I share all of my favorite tips for how one might go about pairing wine to all things ‘Summer Cookout Foods’.  Want the secrets to success for your next backyard outing?   Check it out!  July 15, 2016 How to Pair Wine…

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July 25, 2016

Libationary Literature for the Summer Bookworm

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Grape Reads:  Our very own blog contributor, Karina Roe, is back!  And, she’s loaded up with a slew of fantastic reads for your summer vaca.  Whether it be after work in the hammock with a good glass of wine, out on the lake over the weekend, or on the beach while soaking in some rays,…

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July 11, 2016

Easy 4th of July Summer Recipes with Wine Pairings

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If you’ve ever been to one of Chef Mike Shannon & I’s cooking classes at Cooks of Crocus Hill then you’d know that whipping up delicious food and pairing wines for any occasion doesn’t have to be difficult.  While Chef Mike and I agree on a number of tasty levels, we absolutely agree that cooking and…

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June 30, 2016

June’s Read, Drink, Listen

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In my monthly column for Edina Magazine, I lay out the perfect summer sippers for any summertime occasion and food pairing al fresco.  Not to mention, the ULTIMATE wine for grilling! Read, Drink, Listen: June 2016 READ June is a month perfect for nuptials, white wines, linen and seersucker. Readers, like wedding guests, grow philosophical at…

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June 22, 2016

Last Minute Dad’s Day Gift Ideas

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Having a hard time finding the perfect gift for Dad?  Isn’t he always the hardest guy in the house to buy for?  I mean, really.  Most likely flowers are out, and well, who needs more ties? So this year, save your money on the ties and the grill tools — instead spoil Dad with a few…

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June 16, 2016

Life According to Rosé

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Each month, my ten year Girls n Grapes group gathers to try on a new set of wines with a theme in mind.  This past month, we celebrated the ultimate summer wine genre, PINK.  ‘Life according to Rosé’ was the theme as we laid out a variety of worldwide pinks for our tasting.  Here’s the low…

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June 10, 2016

Best Tips for Purchasing Wine

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With so many avenues to buy wine these days, how can you be sure which is the best?   In my new column for Certified Piedmontese Magazine, I share a few tips for navigating & finding the best route for you!  Check them out.  For the live copy, click on over to pages 42 & 43  …

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May 24, 2016

Edina Magazine May 2016: Read, Drink, Listen

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Don’t miss my monthly wine recommendation for Edina Magazine’s May edition, it’s a tasty one!   (Head to page 16 in the link for all of the delicious details.)  A delicious wine any time of year, but especially delicious this time of year with the scents of all of those delicious springtime blooms in the air.   Enjoy!

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May 18, 2016

Sangria for Mom’s Day!

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner and this (almost) summer weather in full swing for the upcoming weekend, I thought it only appropriate to share a few new libation goodies to use for your Sunday brunch table or your afternoon picnic al fresco. Let’s talk Sangria!  But first, here are a couple of thoughts I would…

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May 6, 2016

An Evening of Green: It’s Electric!

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As the spring season emerges, our senses tune in to the flowering tree blossom, fresh cut grass and sweet scented aromas of one of my favorite times of year.  Delighted by the change of the season, our usual group of grape lovin’ ladies (Girls n Grapes) got together to celebrate the month by pairing and tasting ‘all…

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May 2, 2016
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