Grape Intelligence: 2018 Wine Predictions + Trends


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

Garnacha, Grenache, Cannonau

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Garnacha, Grenache, Cannonau — by any other grape name relates to the word ‘delicious’!  Grenache, the name this grape is given across the majority of the world’s grape growing regions.  Garnacha, the name this grape is given in Spain and Cannonau, the local name for the grape in Sardinia, one of the island’s most successful…

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September 13, 2017

A Wine Lover’s Food & Wine Guide to Sonoma/Napa


Got the bug for a little wine country travel?  Over the years, I have sent numerous clients and friends advice and recommendations when it comes to wine country travel.  Whether it be wineries to visit, favorite restaurants or hotel recommendations or just a list of ‘must dos’ when in these regions worldwide, many of you have delightfully reported…

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February 1, 2017

Wine Industry Professionals’ Top Wine Trends expected in 2017


I know, I know — we’re back to work and the ‘new year, new you, healthy lifestyle, no drinking, meatless meals, detoxification’ mindset is everywhere, right?  Even sites like Dryuary have gone so far as to making the month of January a full 30-day challenge as to abstaining from your favorite boozy sips.  But I’m voting against it!…

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January 10, 2017

Best NYE Bubbles as selected by Wine Professionals


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

Amusée’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!


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

MN State Fair Food & Wine Pairings — Alligator on a Stick?


If you thought you had seen it all when it came to wine and food pairings, guess again.  Twin Cities very own, Sommelier Leslee Miller of Amusée, shows off her ‘pairing skills’ as she pairs ALL things Minnesota State Fair Food to Minnesota Wine!  Here’s her interview with Bring me the News… (Article by: Melissa…

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August 31, 2016

Libationary Literature for the Summer Bookworm


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

June’s Read, Drink, Listen


In my monthly column for Edina Magazine, I lay out the perfect summer sippers for any summertime occasion and food pairing al fresco.  Not to mention, the ULTIMATE wine for grilling! Read, Drink, Listen: June 2016 READ June is a month perfect for nuptials, white wines, linen and seersucker. Readers, like wedding guests, grow philosophical at…

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June 22, 2016

An Exploration of some of the Twin Cities Tastiest Eats & Sips


From the always lovely, absolutely talented and truly one of the most passionate chics in the wine biz, another fantastic blog by our superstar Amusée blog contributor: Ms. Karina Roe.   So what are your plans for the weekend?  (I think you’ll have an idea after reading these juicy tips!) Change Is A’Comin’: Thoughts on history,…

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  • Everyone had such a great time at our Amusée wine party. Leslee really fit into our crowd and everyone enjoyed her knowledge and love of wine. She did an excellent job! I hope we will meet again; we would all definitely recommend Leslee to family and friends!! Gwen Smith
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