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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

Uncovering the Hidden Wine Gems of Eastern Europe

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A girl after my own wine heart and my affinity for Eastern European wines, Ms. Karina Roe, regular contributor to Amusée’s blog, shares her love for these pocketed wine gems with our readers.  Including a slew of suggestions that include her E. European favorites! Uncovering the Hidden Wine Gems of Eastern Europe Believe it or not, my love…

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October 20, 2015

Best Summer Hangouts // Twin Cities

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Taking advantage of the precious summer months in Minnesota is on all of our minds when August rolls around. And with the plethora of restaurant patios, shimmering lakes, and outdoor activities in Minneapolis and St. Paul, it’s hard to know where to begin! Ice cream! Beaches! Oysters on the half shell! Summer wine pairings! We…

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August 7, 2015

Vive La France!

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I’m finally here!   Aboard the Amawaterways ‘Amadagio‘ ship cruising the Rhône River of France. For weeks, I’ve been talking about this trip as I’ve been so excited to share this very special excursion with you.  So here we are-after days of travelling, dodging horrible French internet and tripping through vineyards, I am finally able to share…

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April 7, 2015

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

Congratulations, Douro Valley!

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It’s happened!   The top ten wines of the world list has finally been unveiled & fully announced by The Wine Spectator! Congratulations to Dow’s with their 2011Vintage Port making it to the #1 spot!   Truly, a spectacular wine as I did have the opportunity to taste this wine when I was in Portugal this past…

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November 14, 2014

Uncorking Cava!

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Onward! Day 3 begins with our car rental.  ¡Ay, caramba! Renting a car in Barcelona begins with actually getting to your rental car agency of your choice.  Interesting to say the least. We had reserved our car online prior to our arrival and had, obviously, done a LOT of research on the situation before arriving.…

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February 22, 2014
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