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Grape Intelligence: 2018 Wine Predictions + Trends

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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

Drinking Green: How does organic/sustainable/biodynamic wine affect you?

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I thought it only appropriate that I put up something GREEN this week as we approach one of the world’s most celebrated green holidays!  In a recent article I wrote for Smart Chicken, I talk about what it means to consume and grow GREEN wines, as the world is more conscious of the sustainable, organic & biodynamic…

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March 14, 2017

Wine Industry Professionals’ Top Wine Trends expected in 2017

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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

Amusée’s 2017 Wine Trend Predictions

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In a recent article I wrote for Smart Chicken’s Café Tecumseh’s Magazine, I penned my thoughts as to what I think will continue to trend, change and move forward for the world of wine in 2017.  With all of the fun wine-like trends on the rise, what do you foresee as wine win-wins for the new year? Head…

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January 9, 2017

Ryder Cup Worthy

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The Ryder Cup, one of the most prestigious golf outings of the year.  Featured as a biennial event, millions will watch this September from Minnesota’s own, Hazeltine National Golf Club, as some of the world’s best players team up to represent Europe and the United States.  This year, the U.S. team is captained by golf…

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September 26, 2016

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

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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

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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

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

Thank you to our Sunday Sales Supporters!

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MN Consumers First Alliance Responds to Disappointing Vote on Sunday Sales St. Paul, Minn. (May 12, 2016) – Following today’s 56-70 vote in the Minnesota House of Representatives against Sunday sales of wine, beer and spirits in retail stores, the MN Consumers First Alliance issued the following statement: “Today’s House vote is a huge disappointment…

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May 13, 2016
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  • Leslee and Michael,
    I just wanted to thank you both for the spectacular evening you hosted for our group. My wife and I and our guests—and everyone we talked to—had a wonderful time.
    I have never learned so much about beer and wine, glasses, their history and regions, and “pairing” the right way. You were both easy to listen to and are amazingly good at what you do. I’m impressed.
    Thanks, again, for your time and I’m sure our paths will cross again in the future!
    Darryl A Savage, Financial Advisor
    Thrivent Financial
    Burnsville, MN