Grape Reads

How to Taste Wine like a Pro

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Ever wonder how sommeliers are able to stick their nose in a glass and then quickly give you an analysis of the wine from its tasting notes, country of origin, grape varietal, its food pairings to its actual vintage date?  Check out these fun & easy steps I list for ALDI readers this past month regarding…

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January 23, 2015

Read, Drink, Listen

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A little Read, a little Drink and a little Listen! This month, in my regular column for Edina Magazine, I list a delicious Italian red for toasting to the holidays. Read, Drink, Listen Read Parents and children might need a humorous book or two as December descends and the holidays loom. The awful Herdman kids…

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December 16, 2014

A Glass of Wine Keeps the Doctor Away

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Lovin’ this article by my good friend, Bill Ward of my local paper, the Star Tribune.  He explains that red wine really is worth drinking daily.  Yes!! Is wine really good for you?   Wine does have health benefits, especially as we age and largely because of a surprising factor. Article by: BILL WARD ,…

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August 14, 2014

What is the color of your wine telling you?

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Wine sleuthing with a Sommelier… Did you know that color tells you a lot about the wine you are drinking! How to look at wine?  Tilt the glass away from you against a white background or surface, looking at the belly of the liquid all the way out to the rim to best assess the…

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July 10, 2014

Grill God, Steven Raichlen, visits the Twin Cities!

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This week I had the honor of meeting and attending a very fun, interactive class with one of the coolest grill masters known to the world, Steven Raichlen. A little info about the man, the legend, Steven R: Steven Raichlen is an award-winning author, journalist, cooking teacher, and TV host. His best-selling Barbecue Bible cookbook series has been…

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June 20, 2014

Read, Drink, Listen

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Every month, I have written a short column for Edina Magazine, paired up with a ‘Must Read’ and ‘Must Listen’ for the season… Here is the best of the best for the month of June. Try pairing all three together for a super summer sippin’ experience! Read Shopping for clothes in Edina, whether in the…

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