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Malbec, Malbec – a Perfect Time for Malbec!

While having coffee with a friend this past week, I was inspired to write a little bit about Malbec.  I know, I know…it’s a grape that everyone wants to talk about.  It’s almost overdone at some point in the way of commercialism but, most importantly, it’s good to understand the variances between some that are…

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October 13, 2009

Shake + Bake, I’m back from my blogging hiatus!

As summer is full in swing and almost more than half over!, my travels and ventures have taken me away from my writings.  With lots to share on comparison tastings, fun + exciting trips to Aspen, and many new food ventures – I’m ready to divulge all that has been scribbled on countless scraps of paper, bar napkins…

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July 20, 2009

Smith & Hook Central Coast Cabernet

Homework, homework…hard life, but someone’s got to do it. Tonight, it’s a bottle that I picked up at my new favorite bottle shop in Minnetonka – corner of Hwy 169 and Shady Oak Rd, in between Eden Prairie and Minnetonka – a spot called Pairings Food & Wine Market www.pairingsfoodandwine.com   About the coolest couple of peeps…

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June 5, 2009

Anonymous Food Critic Writes in…Review on new burger joint in Minneapolis – “Burger Jones”

Just to be clear on this one, I am not the author of this review.  It was passed on by an anonymous writer, however, I thought worth the posting… We may as well have duct taped the “gourmet cheese curds” and “exotic french fry sampler” directly to our thighs…  Although both were the highlight of…

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June 4, 2009

Shocking American Idol

If you missed the last episode to American Idol, well then you may want to order a couple bottles of bubbly and watch it with someone who taped it. Un-freekin’-believable is the only thing I can say.  Embarrassed to admit, I watched the entire season only to be shocked with the season’s finale. While the…

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May 20, 2009

Rosé Revival

Survival of the fittest they say, right?  Well, only the strong drink pink is what I say!  Here we are again, another spring season and another vintage struggling to make folks understand in the great state of Minnesota – just how lovely PINK can be.  I watch as some of my favorite wine shops pile…

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May 14, 2009

Weekend Homework – some good, some bad.

I know, I know – my homework sounds awful doesn’t it?  Sitting around drinking wine and wondering how I’ll write up my next evaluation?  Sometimes it takes more than one glass to get the descriptions rolling but once they do – look out! This weekend, I visited a local bottle shop in Bloomington – MGM…

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May 10, 2009

Dear Brett…

Dear Brett, Words cannot explain the anguish that you continue to dish onto your once, very loyal ‘Packer Nation’.  Spoken as a true Packer fan and born and raised in a state where the blood of a Wisconsin native only runs the colors of green and gold – I am heartbroken. We lived for years…

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May 8, 2009

A Special ‘Thank You’ for Amusée’s Site!

With the launch of my new website, I have many people to thank for the design, mechanics, and behind the scenes work that have truly made my site a success.  I have received many wonderful comments in the way of feedback and honestly, none of it could have been done without these very special people.…

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January 31, 2009

Welcome to the Crush Pad!

Thanks for stopping by…  A bit about me -  I am a ISG Certified Level III Sommelier and former director of one of Oregon’s most prestigious Pinot Noir houses, Archery Summit, and member to the board of directors of Pine Ridge Winery of Napa, California.  I have been in Minnesota for 2 years now; consulting to some of…

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November 11, 2008
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