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Summer Spritzer + Sangria Recipes

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Everyone needs a good Sangria and/or Spritzer recipe for the summer, am I right? This week on Fox 9′s The Jason Show, I show FIVE super spritzer/sangria simple recipes for making your summer that much more refreshing!  Easy on the budget and easy to make at home, making YOU look like a complete rock star…

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July 11, 2018

National Rosé Day Picks!

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He calls me the ‘Royalty of Rosé’, the ‘Mistress of Merlot’ and ‘The Princess of Pinot’.  I am, after all, his WINE DIVA and am so so happy to always be a part of his monthly wine finds.  He is the lovely + very talented host of his own daytime show, The Jason Show.  He is…

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June 5, 2018

Somms Spill on Nights from Hell

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Every once in a while in the hospitality field we as pros have what we call ‘an odd night’.  A night that sort of has you left scratching your head.  May be an odd request from a guest, someone impossible to please or just well, a situation that has you thinking ‘what the hell is…

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May 30, 2018

Cinco de Mayo Wine + Taco Pairings

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Happy Cinco de Mayo, my friends! Yes I know, it is almost sacrilege to speak of another libation on this day other than tequila + beer – am I right?  But you know me, and well…you know I love to pair wine to just about anything on the planet, so I went there.  WINE paired to…

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May 5, 2018

Easter Wines + Mimosa Bar!

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We’re less than a week away from hop-hop-hopping into one of my favorite holidays, Easter! If you missed my segment on The Jason Show last week, here it is giving you all of the tips for pairing wine to deviled eggs, ham and your Easter basket candy. And, a whole slew of delicious ideas for…

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March 26, 2018

Climate Change + the Wine Industry – is this a thing?

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Transforming the World’s Wine Map People may disagree about the causes or even existence of climate change, but for those who see which way the wind is blowing (as the jet stream disappears), extreme deviation in weather trends have had a tremendous impact on agriculture. In the area of viticulture, climate change is having both…

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March 10, 2018

Women + Wine + Wellness Trip to Wine Country!

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Grab your favorite travel buddy & join us May 3-6, 2018 for an unforgettable weekend of wine, gourmet food and wellness. WINE.  WELLNESS.  Two words that aren’t always synonymously seen together…unit now!   Join Sommelier Leslee Miller of wine consulting firm, Amusée + national wine club, Sip Better, and health coaches/lifestyle experts, Darci Eckermann and Amanda Hesse of Sage Healthstyle and for…

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March 3, 2018

Valentine’s Day Wine + Chocolate Pairings

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Happy Valentine’s Day, folks! If you missed my segment this week on The Jason Show on Fox 9, here’s what you missed… Wine + Chocolate Pairings!  Okay, truth be told — wine, liqueurs and vermouth all paired to chocolate. Here’s the segment!  And, in case you’re headed off to your favorite bottle shop for these…

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February 15, 2018

Super Bowl Food + Wine Pairings

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Yeah yeah, we know — beer is generally the libation that wins this category.  But not this year, BEER.  We’re coming for ya!  And we’re covering some of the world’s most versatile grapes.  From nachos, to guacamole, chili, pizza, popcorn and buffalo chicken wings — I’ve got a grape pairing for everything on your Super Bowl board this…

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January 31, 2018

Grape Intelligence: 2018 Wine Predictions + Trends

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The world of wine is ever changing.  From year to year, we see trends come and go, sectors of the industry rise and others diminish.  This past year, we felt the fury of Mother Nature and the effects that weather patterns, drought and more had on our illustrious industry.  So what is in store for 2018? …

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January 6, 2018
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  • Leslee did a fabulous job in putting together an exquisite wine tasting event for our Maestro’s Circle. These top donors expect the highest level of sophistication from the Minnesota Orchestra and Leslee delivered. Not only did she speak eloquently about the wines served, but she arranged for fantastic cheese pairings and even etched wine glasses with our logo. It was a memorable event and I would proudly work with Leslee any time. Scott Mays, Advancement Officer
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