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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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