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Congratulations, Douro Valley!


It’s happened!   The top ten wines of the world list has finally been unveiled & fully announced by The Wine Spectator! Congratulations to Dow’s with their 2011Vintage Port making it to the #1 spot!   Truly, a spectacular wine as I did have the opportunity to taste this wine when I was in Portugal this past…

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November 14, 2014

Have you had a new Malibu Coast AVA labeled wine yet?


Great new piece out by Bottlenotes about the new Malibu Coast AVA Nov 4, 2014 The Campaign for Malibu Coast AVA The politics of American wineIt’s that time of year where tensions run high as Americans partake in their greatest democratic right: voting. After months of following your favorite candidates on the campaign trail, and…

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November 5, 2014

A Glass of Wine Keeps the Doctor Away


Lovin’ this article by my good friend, Bill Ward of my local paper, the Star Tribune.  He explains that red wine really is worth drinking daily.  Yes!! Is wine really good for you?   Wine does have health benefits, especially as we age and largely because of a surprising factor. Article by: BILL WARD ,…

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August 14, 2014

The Cheese Has Eyes

Tomorrow is the MN Cheesefest, are you coming? I’ll be there, talking about wine and cheese pairings, along with my pal, Michael Agnew of A Perfect Pint, speaking to beer/wine pairings.  There’s still time to buy a ticket, here! In honor of the festival and in true spirit this week, celebrating all things cheese, I thought…

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May 17, 2014

Sulfites Shmulfites…


It is an ongoing topic of discussion, even to this day.  Sulfites.  ARE they the cause of your ‘wine headache’ or are they coming from another source?  I ran across a lovely explanation of the subject written by Canadian gal pal, Natalie MacLean, so I thought I’d share. Sulfites in Wine: A Debate to Cause…

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April 25, 2014

Latest Fashion Trend: Box Wine!

WINE ‘HANDBAGS’ GO ON SALE IN UK 7th June, 2013 by Lucy Shaw Article Posted by:  The Drinks Business Swedish company Vernissage has started selling its boxed wines shaped to look like designer handbags in the UK due to unprecedented consumer demand. Vernissage’s wine ‘handbags’ have gone on sale in the UK due to consumer…

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June 15, 2013

Another reason to drink Bubbles!

Champagne can ‘Help Improve Memory’ New research has suggested that three glasses of Champagne a week can help to improve your memory. Scientists at Reading University say that a regular dose of bubbles can help in the fight against brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Jeremy Spencer, a biochemistry professor who led the research,…

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May 10, 2013

Wine Tasting ‘Not to do’s’

A great article by my friend, Bill Ward of the Star Tribune as to the ‘Do Not Do’s’ at your Next Wine Tasting Event A not-to-do list for wine tastings Article by: BILL WARD Star Tribune May 8, 2013 – 2:36 PM Not to put too fine a point on it — or encourage excess…

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May 9, 2013

Need a Wine Gift? From $-$$$, we got ya covered!

A Sommelier’s Guide to Gift Wines The best wine gifts this winter. BY: MISA CHAPPELL | FROM THE ISSUE: FEBRUARY 2013 PHOTO: TATE CARLSON A bottle of wine is always a welcome gift, and ’tis the season to give gifts! We’ve commissioned two of our favorite local sommeliers, Kristin Codding and Leslee Miller, to suss out…

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March 1, 2013

Oscar Wine Picks

Best in Film, Best in Wine By: Johanna Puelston Posted: Feb. 22, 2013 Nine Pairings for the Best Picture Nominees The nine Best Picture contenders for the 85th Academy Awards are a fine representation of the best films of 2012. Most of us have probably seen at least one of them, a few aficionados may have…

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February 26, 2013
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