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Uncovering the Hidden Wine Gems of Eastern Europe

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A girl after my own wine heart and my affinity for Eastern European wines, Ms. Karina Roe, regular contributor to Amusée’s blog, shares her love for these pocketed wine gems with our readers.  Including a slew of suggestions that include her E. European favorites! Uncovering the Hidden Wine Gems of Eastern Europe Believe it or not, my love…

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October 20, 2015

Demystifying the World of Minnesota Wine

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When most people think of enjoying a glass of wine, they generally tend to head towards grapes that come from a species of grape vine called, Vitis Vinifera. You know, the grapes in your glass like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Cabernet. Although there are nearly 5,000 to 10,000 Vitis Vinifera varieties across the globe,…

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August 31, 2015

Breaking The Rules // Chillable Summer Reds

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It’s 85 degrees, humid, and the deck party crew is making a beeline for the beverage table. You’ve thought ahead: Zingy Sauvignon Blancs for your classy white wine drinkers, gulpable Provencal rosés for the cultured and trendy, as well as a few of those killer summer whites picked out by Leslee from the previous post.…

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July 22, 2015

Sí what’s next in Rueda & Ribera del Duero, Spain!

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In this July 2015 Beverage World article, author Kristen Bieler interviews Sommelier Leslee Miller as to giving her reasons for selecting and recommending two of her favorite wine regions of central Spain, Ribera del Duero and Rueda, to consumers in her restaurant/retail accounts.   _________________________________________________________________ SPAIN’S DYNAMIC DUO THE UNIQUE COMBINATION OF CHARACTER, COMPLEXITY AND VALUE FOUND IN…

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July 1, 2015

Wine for Father’s Day // BBQ Style

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Hi!  I’m Karina—a lover of traveling, writing, and geeky, unique wines.  And, a new friend of Amusée’s!  Catch me sharing a few of my favorite wines, tips, pairings and recommendations around this beautiful, mysterious & delicious world of wine on Amusée’s blog from time time! There’s no reason we shouldn’t celebrate father figures every day of the year,…

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June 20, 2015

Sí What’s Next with Ribera del Duero & Rueda Wines

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If you haven’t heard, I’m part of a new campaign celebrating the very exciting and delicious regions of Rueda & Ribera del Duero, Spain!  The campaign is called: ‘Sí What’s Next’ featuring a wide variety of styles of red wines that focus on the grape, Tempranillo from the Ribera del Duero region (otherwise known in…

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June 17, 2015

How to Taste Wine like a Pro

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Ever wonder how sommeliers are able to stick their nose in a glass and then quickly give you an analysis of the wine from its tasting notes, country of origin, grape varietal, its food pairings to its actual vintage date?  Check out these fun & easy steps I list for ALDI readers this past month regarding…

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January 23, 2015

Ask Leslee: Submit Your Wine Questions

Ask Leslee: Sumbit Your Wine Queries

Introducing a new advice feature on the Amusée blog: Ask Leslee! Get a little one-on-one time with Sommelier Leslee Miller by asking her your most burning wine questions. They can be serious (which red wines benefit from a little chill?), practical (is it actually important to hold a wine glass only by its stem? will…

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January 7, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide to the Perfect Libation // Class Recap

When it comes to wine and beer, insider tips are key. Especially around the holidays. It can be kind of scary investing in a seductive-looking bottle or six-pack that your smarty-pants friends might not like. Which is why my beer bestie Michael Agnew and I taught a brand new class last week: Holiday Gift Guide…

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December 23, 2014

Life with Wine: Oral Hygiene

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Love this article put out by my friends at BottleNotes!  People are always asking me about wine staining and how it affects their pearly whites.  This is the answer I generally give below after I asked my dentist about it a few years back.  Read on…as BottleNotes has a few more tips for keeping those gorgeous…

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December 20, 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!
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