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

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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

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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

Wine for Father’s Day // BBQ Style


Hi!  I’m Karina—a lover of traveling, writing, and geeky, unique wines.  And, a new friend of Amusée’s!  Catch me sharing a few of my favorite wines, tips, pairings and recommendations around this beautiful, mysterious & delicious world of wine on Amusée’s blog from time time! There’s no reason we shouldn’t celebrate father figures every day of the year,…

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June 20, 2015

Sí What’s Next with Ribera del Duero & Rueda Wines


If you haven’t heard, I’m part of a new campaign celebrating the very exciting and delicious regions of Rueda & Ribera del Duero, Spain!  The campaign is called: ‘Sí What’s Next’ featuring a wide variety of styles of red wines that focus on the grape, Tempranillo from the Ribera del Duero region (otherwise known in…

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June 17, 2015

Wine In A Can // Fiction Pinot Gris + Rosé


We’re all about making wine an accessible pastime at Amusée, which is why wine in a can (YES) particularly appeals to us. Especially when it’s as good as Field Recordings! This California winery’s new portfolio of Fiction canned wines are brightly-colored tall boys of wine you can take to a picnic or an outdoor concert.…

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May 29, 2015
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