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Super Bowl Food + Wine Pairings


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


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


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!


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!


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


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


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
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