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10 Grapes best paired to National Hot Dog Day

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Bring on the mustard, the pickles, the ketchup and all the fixins’ because today is National Hot Dog Day! From bratwurst to polish sausage, to good ole fashioned wieners, Americans have enjoyed the almighty dog since 1871 when a German baker by the name of Charles Feltman, opened up the first Coney Island hot dog stand…

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July 19, 2017

Makers of MN features Amusée

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I am thrilled to be a part of this very exciting new series that my good friend and host of the show, Stephanie Hansen, has created called:  Makers of MN!  Stephanie features MN entrepreneurs and spends a good deal of time interviewing them in her new series. Interested in how ‘Amusée’ got started?  Listen to…

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March 16, 2017

Drinking Green: How does organic/sustainable/biodynamic wine affect you?

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I thought it only appropriate that I put up something GREEN this week as we approach one of the world’s most celebrated green holidays!  In a recent article I wrote for Smart Chicken, I talk about what it means to consume and grow GREEN wines, as the world is more conscious of the sustainable, organic & biodynamic…

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March 14, 2017

Media Mention for Twin Cities Wine Bloggers

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Great article by my friend, colleague and wine column write for the Twin Cities’s Star Tribune, Bill Ward, showcasing some local wine bloggers in town including yours truly! 4 Twin Cities wine experts help you understand wineWhich bottle of wine? Find out from these four Twin Cities bloggers These four Twin Cities writers have great advice…

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March 9, 2017

Wine Industry Professionals’ Top Wine Trends expected in 2017

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I know, I know — we’re back to work and the ‘new year, new you, healthy lifestyle, no drinking, meatless meals, detoxification’ mindset is everywhere, right?  Even sites like Dryuary have gone so far as to making the month of January a full 30-day challenge as to abstaining from your favorite boozy sips.  But I’m voting against it!…

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January 10, 2017

Amusée’s 2017 Wine Trend Predictions

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In a recent article I wrote for Smart Chicken’s Café Tecumseh’s Magazine, I penned my thoughts as to what I think will continue to trend, change and move forward for the world of wine in 2017.  With all of the fun wine-like trends on the rise, what do you foresee as wine win-wins for the new year? Head…

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January 9, 2017

Best NYE Bubbles as selected by Wine Professionals

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By this point, you should all know the rule about bubbles, right?   “Bubbles should not be reserved just for special occasions, but enjoyed all year round!” Ask any industry professional what they’re drinking every month of the year and any one of us will most likely tell you ‘bubbles’.  While yes, we all love a little…

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December 19, 2016

Amusée’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

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Once a year, I put out a list of all my favorite wines & (sometimes) gifts, gadgets and more of the past year as a gift guide for all the oenophiles in your life.   With baited breath and much anticipation, after receiving several emails, tweets and pokes as to WHEN the 2016 list would arrive, at…

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December 7, 2016

Best Wines for your Thanksgiving Table

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, and after all the Thanksgiving Day classes I’ve been teaching within the past couple of weeks, I thought it only appropriate to share the delicious list of Turkey Day Sips that I’ve been chatting up!  You have just one more day to run out and get all of the wines…

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November 23, 2016

Edina Magazine’s October: Read, Drink, Listen

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As a regular columnist to Edina Magazine, I give you one cozy, yet crunchy red for the month of October.  So settle in, snuggle up and sip in this delicious Italian red before the fall is gone. Read, Drink, Listen: October 2016 READ In 1922, Count Alexander Ilych Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in…

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October 11, 2016
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  • Leslee brings life, laughter and a refreshing delivery to the art and world of wine. I have the pleasure of working with her as a contributor on many editorial levels including both on and offline ventures. She is a consumate professional with a vast amount of knowledge and experience in her field. She has just begun tapping into her talents – and I am excited to see what the future holds. LouAnn Haaf, Editor in Chief
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