Wine Reviews

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 www.kare11.com 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 www.france44.com  (a local wine/spirit shop) I…

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August 3, 2009

Smith & Hook Central Coast Cabernet

Homework, homework…hard life, but someone’s got to do it. Tonight, it’s a bottle that I picked up at my new favorite bottle shop in Minnetonka – corner of Hwy 169 and Shady Oak Rd, in between Eden Prairie and Minnetonka – a spot called Pairings Food & Wine Market www.pairingsfoodandwine.com   About the coolest couple of peeps…

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June 5, 2009

Rosé Revival

Survival of the fittest they say, right?  Well, only the strong drink pink is what I say!  Here we are again, another spring season and another vintage struggling to make folks understand in the great state of Minnesota – just how lovely PINK can be.  I watch as some of my favorite wine shops pile…

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May 14, 2009

Weekend Homework – some good, some bad.

I know, I know – my homework sounds awful doesn’t it?  Sitting around drinking wine and wondering how I’ll write up my next evaluation?  Sometimes it takes more than one glass to get the descriptions rolling but once they do – look out! This weekend, I visited a local bottle shop in Bloomington – MGM…

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May 10, 2009

Childress – Stick to racing cars, please

Richard Childress, hot rod on the NASCAR circuit, is just another case in point as to those who should stick to their profession, the one that made them money!  Not, wine making. Seriously, take a look at this guy – really?  Obviously has time to safari hunt, why would he waste time sinking his money…

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April 19, 2009
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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