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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

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

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

Read, Drink, Listen — Edina Magazine, Aug 2016

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Don’t miss my ‘DRINK’ recommendation in this month’s Edina Magazine column: Read, Drink, Listen featuring a hand full of fantastic things to lay your eyes, ears & palate on for the month of August! Read, Drink, Listen: August 2016 READ In August, everyone asks, “Are you going to the Fair?” The Minnesota State Fair website…

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August 3, 2016

Libationary Literature for the Summer Bookworm

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Grape Reads:  Our very own blog contributor, Karina Roe, is back!  And, she’s loaded up with a slew of fantastic reads for your summer vaca.  Whether it be after work in the hammock with a good glass of wine, out on the lake over the weekend, or on the beach while soaking in some rays,…

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July 11, 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

Edina Magazine’s February Read, Drink, Listen says: ‘Drink Family-Owned’

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This month in my column for Edina Magazine, I showcase a Pinot Noir from one of my favorite family owned Oregon wineries, Ponzi Vineyards.  Take a peek!  Read, Drink, Listen: February Read While promoting a new cookbook in 2009, Ruth Reichl, editor of Gourmet magazine, was called back to New York to learn that the…

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February 18, 2016

2016 Wine Industry Predictions as told by Wine Professionals

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‘A new year, a new you!’…isn’t that what commercials, ads and social media frenzies are touting?  While we’re all trying to reset, rejuvenate and reenergize our mindsets, health routines and bodies, many from my side of the industry are also trying to get a handle on and reset our business plans for what will actually happen…

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January 7, 2016

How to build the Perfect Wine & Cheese Party!

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This month for Edina Magazine, I lay out all the tasty details, (with a little ‘cheese’ help from my friends @ France 44), as to how to build your own perfect cheese & wine party for the holidays! Wine and Cheese: The Perfect Pair BY LESLEE MILLER FROM THE EDINA MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2015 ISSUE    PHOTO BY:…

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October 11, 2015

Sí what’s next in Rueda & Ribera del Duero, Spain!

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In this July 2015 Beverage World article, author Kristen Bieler interviews Sommelier Leslee Miller as to giving her reasons for selecting and recommending two of her favorite wine regions of central Spain, Ribera del Duero and Rueda, to consumers in her restaurant/retail accounts.   _________________________________________________________________ SPAIN’S DYNAMIC DUO THE UNIQUE COMBINATION OF CHARACTER, COMPLEXITY AND VALUE FOUND IN…

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July 1, 2015
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