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10 Grapes best paired to National Hot Dog Day

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Bring on the mustard, the pickles, the ketchup and all the fixins’ because today is National Hot Dog Day! From bratwurst to polish sausage, to good ole fashioned wieners, Americans have enjoyed the almighty dog since 1871 when a German baker by the name of Charles Feltman, opened up the first Coney Island hot dog stand…

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July 19, 2017

Easter Wine Picks on Fox 9

Easter Wine Picks with Sommelier Leslee Miller on Fox 9

Looking for a few last minute wine ideas for pairing to your Easter brunch or dinner table?  This morning on Fox 9 with Todd Walker, I give you a nice selection of pinks, whites & reds to pair up to all those delicious traditional Easter eats!  Check ‘em out here:

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April 16, 2017

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

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

June’s Read, Drink, Listen

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In my monthly column for Edina Magazine, I lay out the perfect summer sippers for any summertime occasion and food pairing al fresco.  Not to mention, the ULTIMATE wine for grilling! Read, Drink, Listen: June 2016 READ June is a month perfect for nuptials, white wines, linen and seersucker. Readers, like wedding guests, grow philosophical at…

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June 22, 2016

An Evening of Green: It’s Electric!

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As the spring season emerges, our senses tune in to the flowering tree blossom, fresh cut grass and sweet scented aromas of one of my favorite times of year.  Delighted by the change of the season, our usual group of grape lovin’ ladies (Girls n Grapes) got together to celebrate the month by pairing and tasting ‘all…

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May 2, 2016

Chef/Sommelier Recipe & Wine Pairing for Certified Piedmontese

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Oh yum!  Here’s your chance to make Chef Alan Bergo from The Salt Cellar‘s, delicious house made Sauce Choron at home! Equipped with a wine pairing ‪‬ that I’ve recommended for Chef’s Flat Iron Steaks with Sauce Choron recipe.  Check it out online via Certified Piedmontese‘s digital copy, page 28. Here’s the Link!

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February 15, 2016

‘Excessive Celebration’: Tips for Game Day Celebration!

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Ready for the big game this weekend?   Check out my most recent article in Edina Magazine for a whole slew of fun entertaining tips, recipes & drink recommendations for this weekend’s upcoming Super Bowl Party! Excessive Celebration: Expert Tips for Game-day Entertaining PHOTO BY: EMILY J. DAVIS Last year, the Super Bowl became the…

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February 4, 2016

Fat Tuesday–King Cake Wine Pairing!

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Happy Fat Tuesday, y’all! Just because it’s cake, doesn’t mean you can’t pair a wine to it!  Check out this deliciously indulgent and celebratory wine pairing I’ve selected to pair to Mardi Gras’s most famous and iconic dessert, KING CAKE, to kick off the party!   But wait…this recipe comes with a twist and is created by local food guy, Andrew…

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February 17, 2015

Chef Mike’s Drunkin’ Punkin’ Pie Recipe w/ wine pairing

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A class that has now become one of our Cooks of Crocus Hill staples, Holiday Pairings, was taught last night for the 4th year in a row by Chef Mike Shannon & myself.  With a wait list over a mile long, we squeezed in as many ‘Holiday Pairing’ fanatics as possible for this three hour…

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November 19, 2014
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  • I truly can’t say enough about the lovely wine tasting we did for our company at Café Ena with Leslee.
    It was a perfect evening feeding all of our senses with food, wine, and great company. I will remember every taste.
    Our clients had a truly memorable evening and we have received many wonderful comments from our event.
    Leslee’s ability to share your knowledge in a way that is educational, exciting and great fun is extraordinary.

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    Edina, MN