Sommelier Sips

How to Pair Wine with Summer Cookout Foods

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In my most recent interview for Bed, Bath & Beyond with writer Leigh K, I share all of my favorite tips for how one might go about pairing wine to all things ‘Summer Cookout Foods’.  Want the secrets to success for your next backyard outing?   Check it out!  July 15, 2016 How to Pair Wine…

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July 25, 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

Easy 4th of July Summer Recipes with Wine Pairings

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If you’ve ever been to one of Chef Mike Shannon & I’s cooking classes at Cooks of Crocus Hill then you’d know that whipping up delicious food and pairing wines for any occasion doesn’t have to be difficult.  While Chef Mike and I agree on a number of tasty levels, we absolutely agree that cooking and…

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June 30, 2016

Edina Magazine May 2016: Read, Drink, Listen

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Don’t miss my monthly wine recommendation for Edina Magazine’s May edition, it’s a tasty one!   (Head to page 16 in the link for all of the delicious details.)  A delicious wine any time of year, but especially delicious this time of year with the scents of all of those delicious springtime blooms in the air.   Enjoy!

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May 18, 2016

MN Wine & Twin Cities Live with Sommelier Leslee Miller

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Hope you caught the Winter Wine Fest, as sponsored by the Minnesota Grape Growers Association, this past week!  Over 700pp attended the event, as it is the year’s largest local winery tasting in the state. Here’s a few words about the event as I chat with the folks from Twin Cities Live about Minnesota grape…

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February 11, 2016

January Read, Drink, Listen

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In my monthly column for Edina Magazine, I recommend a fresh fun South African white to keep your palate from catching those ‘after holiday’ winter blues.  Need a listen & read to pair to it?  Check out my fellow author/musician friends’ recommendations for the perfect January concoction!    January 2016: Read, Drink, Listen Read Award-winning science writer…

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January 6, 2016

8 Budget Friendly Champagne Alternatives for New Years Eve

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Above & Beyond A BLOG FROM BED BATH & BEYOND® 8 Budget-Friendly Champagne Alternatives for New Year’s Eve Champagne Alternatives December 23, 2015  December 23, 2015 BY LEIGH KRAMARCZUK When you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve shindig, the cost of buying Champagne for the midnight toast can quickly add up. (A decent bottle will likely…

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December 24, 2015

How to build the Perfect Wine & Cheese Party!

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This month for Edina Magazine, I lay out all the tasty details, (with a little ‘cheese’ help from my friends @ France 44), as to how to build your own perfect cheese & wine party for the holidays! Wine and Cheese: The Perfect Pair BY LESLEE MILLER FROM THE EDINA MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2015 ISSUE    PHOTO BY:…

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October 11, 2015

Must Haves // Summer Whites!

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July is such a great month for sippin’, don’t ya think?  While Minnesotans are habitual about ‘only drinking’ white in the hot summer Midwestern months, from my view, all wines are good any time of the year!  If you know my perspective, I generally select wines based on my mood or my food. Well, my…

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July 10, 2015

Chardonnay Day!

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From lean and crispy to honeyed and tropical, she’s arguably one of the most adored and often times, most ‘bashed’ white grapes in world.  While her place on the list of ‘world’s most planted grapes’ sits fairly high in the ranking (#5) and her position as ‘Queen of Grapes’ from Champagne to Burgundy make her…

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May 23, 2015
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