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MN Winery Road Trips for the Fall

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As the summer comes to a close, you’ve put the kids are back in school and the aromas of fall taken hold of the senses — it’s time to start making plans for the next season on the docket.  And what better way to grasp the season at its fullest than to jump in the car and…

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September 5, 2018

Easter Wines + Mimosa Bar!

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We’re less than a week away from hop-hop-hopping into one of my favorite holidays, Easter! If you missed my segment on The Jason Show last week, here it is giving you all of the tips for pairing wine to deviled eggs, ham and your Easter basket candy. And, a whole slew of delicious ideas for…

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March 26, 2018

Super Bowl Food + Wine Pairings

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Yeah yeah, we know — beer is generally the libation that wins this category.  But not this year, BEER.  We’re coming for ya!  And we’re covering some of the world’s most versatile grapes.  From nachos, to guacamole, chili, pizza, popcorn and buffalo chicken wings — I’ve got a grape pairing for everything on your Super Bowl board this…

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January 31, 2018

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

The Best Bubbles for NYE as told by Wine Industry Professionals

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Still looking for THE bubble when it comes to your NYE celebration?  Well, you just struck the ‘bubble lottery’ with this one!  I asked a few of my fave peeps in the wine industry (from retailers, writers, on premise managers, to distribution, winemakers, educators, supplier/importers and beyond) to give me their favorite sparkly for the upcoming holiday. …

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December 27, 2017

Last minute Thanksgiving Day Wine Picks!

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Still not sure what wines to pair to your Thanksgiving Day table?  Catch up with my favorite picks for the Jason Show on Fox 9 pairing to everything from the bird, to your fave green bean casserole and into those yummy dessert plates! Wines featured: Gifts for the host/hostess:  Field Recordings Blanc de Franc (sparkling Cab…

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November 22, 2017

Finally Wine Pairings I Can Actually Understand, Huffington Post Feature

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Many of you do not know and there are probably a good chunk of you who DO because I talk about their products so much, but I am a regular national spokesperson for ALDI.  Yep, ALDI grocery!  Seriously, one of the best places to buy your everyday market needs and oh, just so happens to…

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October 19, 2017

National Wine Day!

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Happy National Wine Day!   We celebrated our favorite wine day in style today on The Jason Show with host & friend, Jason Matheson.  Miss our segment?  We’ve got you covered with all the best can wine in the market! Wines covered in this segment: Underwood by Union Wine Company (Oregon) Flip Flop Wines (California) Seven…

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May 26, 2017

Makers of MN features Amusée

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I am thrilled to be a part of this very exciting new series that my good friend and host of the show, Stephanie Hansen, has created called:  Makers of MN!  Stephanie features MN entrepreneurs and spends a good deal of time interviewing them in her new series. Interested in how ‘Amusée’ got started?  Listen to…

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March 16, 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
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