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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

6 Easy Tips for pairing Wine with Holiday Food

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Love this post that Serena Ball of Teaspoon of Spice posted after attending an ALDI Blogher conference I helped host in November.  A great recap of the tips I gave participants! 6 Easy Tips for Pairing Wine with Holiday Food November 26, 2014 By Serena Ball A few surprise tips that will make your holiday wine and food…

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December 12, 2014

Tips for Holiday Entertaining

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The holiday season is a time for gathering, entertaining, and further more, a time for sharing wine amongst friends and family. Whether you are on a budget, willing to splurge or somewhere in between, here are a few simple tips and entertaining ideas for following when gathering for the holiday season! 1.  Consider your audience.…

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December 6, 2014

Somm Speak ~ A new monthly blog exchange with A Perfect Pint

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Somm Speak A new monthly blog exchange on my pal, Cicerone Michael Agnew’s blog, A Perfect Pint. __________________________________________________________________________ A Season for Sharing ~ Thanksgiving Pairings Whether you’re a beer enthusiast or a wine fanatic, there’s one thing we can all agree upon this Thanksgiving season, you’re gonna need one or the other for this season…

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November 26, 2014

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

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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

Wine Lingo Cheat Sheet!

Wine Lingo Cheat Sheet! Wine, vinho, vin, wein. No matter how you say it, or which region of the world it comes from, we all know it, and we all LOVE it! Wine is the perfect beverage for any occasion…at least we think so, however this sumptuous drink we all love can be quite daunting…

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November 4, 2014
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  • Leslee and Michael,
    I just wanted to thank you both for the spectacular evening you hosted for our group. My wife and I and our guests—and everyone we talked to—had a wonderful time.
    I have never learned so much about beer and wine, glasses, their history and regions, and “pairing” the right way. You were both easy to listen to and are amazingly good at what you do. I’m impressed.
    Thanks, again, for your time and I’m sure our paths will cross again in the future!
    Darryl A Savage, Financial Advisor
    Thrivent Financial
    Burnsville, MN