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Wine Fit for a King, King James that is…

I have to say, at one point in my life I may have been a bigger basketball fan than most guys I knew.  For those of you who don’t know, I’ve played basketball pretty much my whole life.  I was always THE biggest nerd about playing.  Playing any time of day, for as long as…

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July 9, 2010

Minnesota Wine

It is the million dollar question almost every night of the week that I work.            “Have you had Minnesota Wine?” Only to be followed up with… What do you think about Minnesota Wine? What Minnesota Wine would I recommend? Do you think Minnesota Wine is as good as California Wine? Night after night, I hear…

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June 21, 2010

More Merlot…

Review of Another Super Sexy Merlot This week while drinking through a great assortment of Super Sexy Merlots, my husband and I stumbled across this one…Pine Ridge’s 2003 Crimson Creek Merlot. With a cellar chucked full of Pine Ridge’s wines from my days of working with the winery, I rarely look towards some of the…

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March 9, 2010

Croatian Wine Lands a Spot in Twin Cities

Last week at a popular series of Twin Cities Wine Classes that myself and pal, Anissa Gurstel of Pairings Wine Market, teach at one of Minneapolis’s newest hot wine retail spots – Pairings Food & Wine Market, named GIRLS GONE WINE – a brand new wine and a brand new winery from Croatia was unveiled. …

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February 27, 2010

An Argentinian Wine Review from Amusée – Wines Under $10

A great way to spend your buck wisely… While many are looking for those wines that $10 are under, here is a fabulous answer to a gorgeous Chardonnay. Yum!  Fabulous as a mid winter treat and a great way to start Valentine’s Day early!

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February 3, 2010

A Good Wine Question from a Reader…

Happy New Year ALL- with a new season upon us and a whole slew of new ‘wine homework’ to begin – I thought I’d start this year’s blog off with an excellent email from a great client/friend of mine… Here’s his dilemma…  Happy New Year Leslee, I need some (wine) advice from you.    I opened…

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January 18, 2010

Favorite Local Sommelier, Leslee Miller, to appear on Kare 11′s Saturday morning show!

Tune in this Saturday, November 21st – starting at 8 a.m. for some great tips on ~ Pairing and Choosing the Right Wines for Your Holiday Season! Local Sommelier, Leslee Miller, owner of Amusée – a full service wine consulting firm, will appear on the local news channel Kare 11 to share with you some of the easiest tips for bringing home…

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November 17, 2009

Barbera, good wine for the holidays

Barbera, a fun little red grape.  Known for many centuries as the ‘peasant’s wine’ in the famed region of Piedmont, located in the NW section of Italy.  While it only sits second place to Italy’s most widely planted red grape: Sangiovese – many know Barbera as a very popular easy-drinking red. When I teach classes,…

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October 21, 2009

Malbec, Malbec – a Perfect Time for Malbec!

While having coffee with a friend this past week, I was inspired to write a little bit about Malbec.  I know, I know…it’s a grape that everyone wants to talk about.  It’s almost overdone at some point in the way of commercialism but, most importantly, it’s good to understand the variances between some that are…

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October 13, 2009

A Perfect Pairing and a South African Treat

With the end of the summer nearing and just a month or so left of beautiful weather to enjoy, it’s always best to get the most out of your backyard – especially when it involves kicking back and enjoying great wine. While on a visit to south Minneapolis’s France 44  (a local wine/spirit shop) I…

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August 3, 2009
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  • What a fun night with delicious, new wines! Leslee has a serious skill of making wine approachable and fun while being informative and educational. I now have some new favorites and know why, thanks! Abby H.
    Golden Valley, MN