Easy Batch Cocktails to keep your holidays a hoppin!


This past week in our Fortify your Sips class with David Zhang of Midnight Rosewater and Erik Eastman of Easy & Oskey, we enjoyed a full evening of fortified wines from Sherry, Port, to Madeira, learned of a number of exotic fruits and veggies that can be intertwined with cocktail ingredients and sipped on a…

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November 25, 2015

Uncovering the Hidden Wine Gems of Eastern Europe

Slovenia's Lake Bled (photo by Kathryn Stewart)

A girl after my own wine heart and my affinity for Eastern European wines, Ms. Karina Roe, regular contributor to Amusée’s blog, shares her love for these pocketed wine gems with our readers.  Including a slew of suggestions that include her E. European favorites! Uncovering the Hidden Wine Gems of Eastern Europe Believe it or not, my love…

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October 20, 2015

How to build the Perfect Wine & Cheese Party!


This month for Edina Magazine, I lay out all the tasty details, (with a little ‘cheese’ help from my friends @ France 44), as to how to build your own perfect cheese & wine party for the holidays! Wine and Cheese: The Perfect Pair BY LESLEE MILLER FROM THE EDINA MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2015 ISSUE    PHOTO BY:…

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October 11, 2015

Hail the King: Happy Cabernet Day!


Social media sites declare a number of dates as #CabernetDay via Twitter, Instagram, FB and beyond (August 27, August 29, Sept 3rd).  At Amusée, we celebrate it on the same day every year – today, Sept 3rd!   Happy Cabernet Day, y’all! To help celebrate this special day, I asked regular Amusée blog contributor Karina Roe from…

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September 3, 2015

Demystifying the World of Minnesota Wine


When most people think of enjoying a glass of wine, they generally tend to head towards grapes that come from a species of grape vine called, Vitis Vinifera. You know, the grapes in your glass like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Cabernet. Although there are nearly 5,000 to 10,000 Vitis Vinifera varieties across the globe,…

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August 31, 2015

It’s MN State Fair Time!


 Join me for a FREE presentation series about the best in Minnesota wine and food at this year’s State Fair!  I’m excited to share some news with you. I will be joining top local wine and food experts for a series of 10 free presentations at this year’s Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 27- Sept. 7.…

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August 14, 2015

Best Summer Hangouts // Twin Cities

best summer hangouts

Taking advantage of the precious summer months in Minnesota is on all of our minds when August rolls around. And with the plethora of restaurant patios, shimmering lakes, and outdoor activities in Minneapolis and St. Paul, it’s hard to know where to begin! Ice cream! Beaches! Oysters on the half shell! Summer wine pairings! We…

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August 7, 2015

Breaking The Rules // Chillable Summer Reds

chillable red wines

It’s 85 degrees, humid, and the deck party crew is making a beeline for the beverage table. You’ve thought ahead: Zingy Sauvignon Blancs for your classy white wine drinkers, gulpable Provencal rosés for the cultured and trendy, as well as a few of those killer summer whites picked out by Leslee from the previous post.…

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July 22, 2015

Must Haves // Summer Whites!


July is such a great month for sippin’, don’t ya think?  While Minnesotans are habitual about ‘only drinking’ white in the hot summer Midwestern months, from my view, all wines are good any time of the year!  If you know my perspective, I generally select wines based on my mood or my food. Well, my…

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July 10, 2015

Sangria For Life // Pink Sangria Recipe


Few things scream “Endless Summer!” than a giant pitcher of heady sangria. After a great meal on the patio with your friends, sangria can be the fresh, lingering finish to an epic night, the night cap that never ends, and the liquid dessert that keeps on giving! Not to mention, sangria is a great excuse…

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June 29, 2015
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