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How to Taste Wine like a Pro

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Ever wonder how sommeliers are able to stick their nose in a glass and then quickly give you an analysis of the wine from its tasting notes, country of origin, grape varietal, its food pairings to its actual vintage date?  Check out these fun & easy steps I list for ALDI readers this past month regarding…

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January 23, 2015

Weeknight Paprika Chicken Recipe with Wine Pairing

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Last week while cruising through some of my most recent pins on Pinterest looking for an easy midweek chicken recipe, I came across this super easy recipe from The Kitchen Paper.   The recipe was easy to create, ingredients were accessible and overall, pretty darn healthy.   I tried it, I LOVED it…and, I even found…

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January 20, 2015

Read, Drink, Listen

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In my regular column for Edina Magazine, I suggest a zesty South American vino for a quick winter warm up!  Want a fabulous read and a delicious listen to accompany this flavorful little find?   Read on… Read, Drink, Listen January 2015 ~  Edina Magazine The first month of the new year encourages reassessments. Janice MacLeod…

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January 9, 2015

Ask Leslee: Submit Your Wine Questions

Ask Leslee: Sumbit Your Wine Queries

Introducing a new advice feature on the Amusée blog: Ask Leslee! Get a little one-on-one time with Sommelier Leslee Miller by asking her your most burning wine questions. They can be serious (which red wines benefit from a little chill?), practical (is it actually important to hold a wine glass only by its stem? will…

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January 7, 2015

A Monthly Pint: Holiday Entertaining Tips to Ring in the New Year

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This month in my pal, Cicerone Michael Agnew’s, Monthly Pint post he gives you a few last pointers for entertaining for the holidays!  With New Year’s Eve right at your heels, here are a few goodies to run out and grab to ring in the new year with.   Holiday Entertaining Tips The holidays are…

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December 30, 2014

For the Love of Champagne

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The newest issue of Cambria Style has arrived! As a regular contributor, you can take a peak at page 41 to see a few of my Champagne recommendations for the winter issue.   Great options for your holiday celebrations, or a Tuesday night in.  

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December 24, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide to the Perfect Libation // Class Recap

When it comes to wine and beer, insider tips are key. Especially around the holidays. It can be kind of scary investing in a seductive-looking bottle or six-pack that your smarty-pants friends might not like. Which is why my beer bestie Michael Agnew and I taught a brand new class last week: Holiday Gift Guide…

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December 23, 2014

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
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  • Here at Cooks of Crocus Hill, Leslee Miller brings an entertaining and informative energy to our wine classes. She is an extraordinarily competent sommelier, with a passion for her craft, in a profession riddled with pretenders. As a chef, she is my most valued resource when it comes to wine and food. Mike Shannon
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    Edina, MN