Vittles and Vino

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

Beet it!

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Cleansing.   It’s no secret.  By now, most of friends and clients know I’m currently taking a break from the gluteness rituals of summer…steaks on the grill, wine in the backyard, ice cold martinis on the deck, after dinner ice cream treats, and yes – my favorite summer morning bliss, ice coffees.  I know, I…

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August 6, 2014

Silky Zucchini Soup Recipe & Wine Pairing

This recipe was so good and the wine I selected to pair was such a perfect pairing, I just had to share! This time of year, I crave lite foods, veggies – in particular, lite soups with a fresh summer side salad.  What’s even better?  The delicious fresh, clean wines for pairing to them all!    Which…

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July 22, 2014
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  • Leslee, I had the privilege to attend your ‘Wine around the Globe’ class last night at Dolce Vita. All I can say is, WOW!
    My wife and I had an amazing time. The passion you bring is very contagious!
    I look forward to attending more of your events in the near future.
    Troy S.
    Chaska, MN