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Holiday Gift Guide to the Perfect Libation // Class Recap

When it comes to wine and beer, insider tips are key. Especially around the holidays. It can be kind of scary investing in a seductive-looking bottle or six-pack that your smarty-pants friends might not like. Which is why my beer bestie Michael Agnew and I taught a brand new class last week: Holiday Gift Guide…

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December 23, 2014

6 Easy Tips for pairing Wine with Holiday Food

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Love this post that Serena Ball of Teaspoon of Spice posted after attending an ALDI Blogher conference I helped host in November.  A great recap of the tips I gave participants! 6 Easy Tips for Pairing Wine with Holiday Food November 26, 2014 By Serena Ball A few surprise tips that will make your holiday wine and food…

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December 12, 2014

Tips for Holiday Entertaining

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The holiday season is a time for gathering, entertaining, and further more, a time for sharing wine amongst friends and family. Whether you are on a budget, willing to splurge or somewhere in between, here are a few simple tips and entertaining ideas for following when gathering for the holiday season! 1.  Consider your audience.…

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December 6, 2014

Chef Mike’s Drunkin’ Punkin’ Pie Recipe w/ wine pairing

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A class that has now become one of our Cooks of Crocus Hill staples, Holiday Pairings, was taught last night for the 4th year in a row by Chef Mike Shannon & myself.  With a wait list over a mile long, we squeezed in as many ‘Holiday Pairing’ fanatics as possible for this three hour…

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November 19, 2014

PRIDE Sangria!

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As many of you know, this week kicks off one of the most celebrated summer weeks in the Twin Cities – PRIDE! As an avid supporter of the festival, I am always so excited to celebrate this week with loved ones and friends. Pride is always such a loving, fun, celebratory way to honor our community.  Even more so this…

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June 24, 2014

Fox 9 Sangria Segment

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June 13, 2014

Super Summer Sippers for your Memorial Day Weekend

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Summer is almost here and boy, it’s finally starting to feel like it.  Toasty weather means only one thing, MORE WINE! In the spirit of the holiday weekend, I thought I’d toss out some easy pairing tips while you’re loading your fridge up with foods & bevis for your weekend menus. Want the best grapes for…

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May 22, 2014

Pin me!

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I cannot stop pinning.  I’m obsessed with Pinterest.  I’m pretty sure you’re obsessed with Pinterest. Wait!  Aren’t we ALL obsessed with Pinterest?  Laying in bed late at night, pinning away.  Pinning from your desk allll day long.  Pinning when you’re supposed to be doing something else! Pinterest.  Businesses, big businesses, (Macys, LL Bean, Lowes) are…

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April 4, 2014

Did you know?

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Looking for wine suggestions, new recipes for your everyday eats or entertaining needs, or even a list of cool wineries in a particular region you’re heading to?   Did you know that between Amusée’s Facebook, Blog, Pinterest, and Instagram pages – we have you covered from A to Z? Amusée’s Blog lists a zillion Wine…

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January 30, 2014

#ManicMondays with Chuck!

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As many of you know, I have invited my dear friend Chuck Kanski, wine extraordinaire and owner of Solo Vino Wine Shop, to share his thoughts in a new column for Amusée called #ManicMondays with Chuck, featured the 3rd Monday of every month.  Today’s that day!  Always interesting, and ALWAYS entertaining, we LOVE Chuck’s passion…

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January 20, 2014
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