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Perfect Pairings for your Memorial Day Holiday

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As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we gear up for a weekend of relaxation, friends, outdoor picnics and family gatherings.  From sausages on the grill to picnic goodies and grandma’s homemade salads – we head to our favorite retail bottle shops for all the quintessential wines for pairing.  As the weather turns warmer, most head to…

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May 19, 2017

Best NYE Bubbles as selected by Wine Professionals

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By this point, you should all know the rule about bubbles, right?   “Bubbles should not be reserved just for special occasions, but enjoyed all year round!” Ask any industry professional what they’re drinking every month of the year and any one of us will most likely tell you ‘bubbles’.  While yes, we all love a little…

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December 19, 2016

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

Amusée’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

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Once a year, I put out a list of all my favorite wines & (sometimes) gifts, gadgets and more of the past year as a gift guide for all the oenophiles in your life.   With baited breath and much anticipation, after receiving several emails, tweets and pokes as to WHEN the 2016 list would arrive, at…

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December 7, 2016

Best Wines for your Thanksgiving Table

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, and after all the Thanksgiving Day classes I’ve been teaching within the past couple of weeks, I thought it only appropriate to share the delicious list of Turkey Day Sips that I’ve been chatting up!  You have just one more day to run out and get all of the wines…

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November 23, 2016

Wine paired to Strawberry Twizzlers?

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In case you missed Amusée’s last visit to The Jason Show with host, Jason Matheson, we’ve got the clip lined up for you, here! Check out what Leslee had to say about wines that are best for pairing to the fall season and what wine really does pair BEST with Strawberry Twizzlers!

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September 19, 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

Life According to Rosé

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Each month, my ten year Girls n Grapes group gathers to try on a new set of wines with a theme in mind.  This past month, we celebrated the ultimate summer wine genre, PINK.  ‘Life according to Rosé’ was the theme as we laid out a variety of worldwide pinks for our tasting.  Here’s the low…

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June 10, 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
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