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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

An Exploration of some of the Twin Cities Tastiest Eats & Sips

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From the always lovely, absolutely talented and truly one of the most passionate chics in the wine biz, another fantastic blog by our superstar Amusée blog contributor: Ms. Karina Roe.   So what are your plans for the weekend?  (I think you’ll have an idea after reading these juicy tips!) Change Is A’Comin’: Thoughts on history,…

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April 16, 2016

Peanuts, Cracker Jack, Baseball & Beer!

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 Tis the season for peanuts, popcorn, cracker jacks and…baseball! While I generally set my sights on opening day by pairing a slew of great wine selections to a variety of stadium eats, I can’t help but share a little beer love in this post for our Minnesota Twins home opener, scheduled for Monday, April 11th.  Baseball,…

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April 9, 2016

Spring Break is upon us!

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With spring break just in reach for many Minnesotans, we gear up for the upcoming weeks that bring us a bit of a reprieve from our every day schedules and hectic lifestyles. Whether it be a planned vacation to some tropical location with family and friends or simply a good ole fashioned ‘stay-cation’ that finds…

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March 23, 2016

Sunday Spring Sips!

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With the onset of this next week’s warmer temps, I’ve seen more social media posts from Minnesotans alike conjuring the idea of spring! I mean we are, after all, almost into March. A season that for many evokes a sense of adventure, awakes the senses, and allows us to imagine the warm summer sun-rays of…

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February 19, 2016

Edina Magazine’s February Read, Drink, Listen says: ‘Drink Family-Owned’

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This month in my column for Edina Magazine, I showcase a Pinot Noir from one of my favorite family owned Oregon wineries, Ponzi Vineyards.  Take a peek!  Read, Drink, Listen: February Read While promoting a new cookbook in 2009, Ruth Reichl, editor of Gourmet magazine, was called back to New York to learn that the…

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February 18, 2016

Chef/Sommelier Recipe & Wine Pairing for Certified Piedmontese

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Oh yum!  Here’s your chance to make Chef Alan Bergo from The Salt Cellar‘s, delicious house made Sauce Choron at home! Equipped with a wine pairing ‪‬ that I’ve recommended for Chef’s Flat Iron Steaks with Sauce Choron recipe.  Check it out online via Certified Piedmontese‘s digital copy, page 28. Here’s the Link!

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February 15, 2016
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  • I first met Leslee at a “Bubbles Class” at Cooks of Crocus on Grand Avenue. After finding her very personable, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable about wine, I invited her over to host a wine tasting at my condo with my very close friends. Leslee converted the non-wine lovers into appreciating a glass of wine and wine lovers to understand their palate. I am proud to call Leslee my personal wine Sommelier, mentor, and friend. I hope you get to experience Leslee’s personality and love for wine. Jen T.
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