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Wine Cocktails for your Holiday Season

Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry!   While you’ve spent oodles of time preparing appetizers, cookies and other treats for your arriving holiday guests – creating something tasty & unique from the beverage department shouldn’t take hours of your time OR break the bank!  Here are a few fun ideas that I…

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December 15, 2016

How to Pair Wine with Summer Cookout Foods

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In my most recent interview for Bed, Bath & Beyond with writer Leigh K, I share all of my favorite tips for how one might go about pairing wine to all things ‘Summer Cookout Foods’.  Want the secrets to success for your next backyard outing?   Check it out!  July 15, 2016 How to Pair Wine…

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July 25, 2016

Easy 4th of July Summer Recipes with Wine Pairings

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If you’ve ever been to one of Chef Mike Shannon & I’s cooking classes at Cooks of Crocus Hill then you’d know that whipping up delicious food and pairing wines for any occasion doesn’t have to be difficult.  While Chef Mike and I agree on a number of tasty levels, we absolutely agree that cooking and…

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June 30, 2016

Best Tips for Purchasing Wine

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With so many avenues to buy wine these days, how can you be sure which is the best?   In my new column for Certified Piedmontese Magazine, I share a few tips for navigating & finding the best route for you!  Check them out.  For the live copy, click on over to pages 42 & 43  …

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May 24, 2016

Sangria for Mom’s Day!

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner and this (almost) summer weather in full swing for the upcoming weekend, I thought it only appropriate to share a few new libation goodies to use for your Sunday brunch table or your afternoon picnic al fresco. Let’s talk Sangria!  But first, here are a couple of thoughts I would…

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May 6, 2016

An Evening of Green: It’s Electric!

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As the spring season emerges, our senses tune in to the flowering tree blossom, fresh cut grass and sweet scented aromas of one of my favorite times of year.  Delighted by the change of the season, our usual group of grape lovin’ ladies (Girls n Grapes) got together to celebrate the month by pairing and tasting ‘all…

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May 2, 2016

Sunday Spring Sips!

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With the onset of this next week’s warmer temps, I’ve seen more social media posts from Minnesotans alike conjuring the idea of spring! I mean we are, after all, almost into March. A season that for many evokes a sense of adventure, awakes the senses, and allows us to imagine the warm summer sun-rays of…

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February 19, 2016

8 Budget Friendly Champagne Alternatives for New Years Eve

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Above & Beyond A BLOG FROM BED BATH & BEYOND® 8 Budget-Friendly Champagne Alternatives for New Year’s Eve Champagne Alternatives December 23, 2015  December 23, 2015 BY LEIGH KRAMARCZUK When you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve shindig, the cost of buying Champagne for the midnight toast can quickly add up. (A decent bottle will likely…

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December 24, 2015

Amusée’s Vinyoga makes MN Meetings Magazine!

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June 15, 2015

3 Ideas For Wedding Day Bubbles

There’s nothing better than finding your soul mate–the one who’ll put up with all of your funny habits and bad hair days, your partner in crime and love and super boring Sundays. In fact, the only thing that comes close to that unique bond is–now, don’t lie–bubbles! Yes, sparkling wine is pretty close to true…

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March 30, 2015
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