Winery Reviews

A Wine Lover’s Food & Wine Guide to Sonoma/Napa

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Got the bug for a little wine country travel?  Over the years, I have sent numerous clients and friends advice and recommendations when it comes to wine country travel.  Whether it be wineries to visit, favorite restaurants or hotel recommendations or just a list of ‘must dos’ when in these regions worldwide, many of you have delightfully reported…

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February 1, 2017

Twin Cities WCCO TV interviews Sommelier Leslee Miller

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Twin Cities WCCO TV interviews Sommelier, Leslee Miller of Amusée and as a board member to the Minnesota Grape Growers Association, in this early morning segment featuring a wide variety of Minnesota Wines and Minnesota Ciders. Also featured is more information about the MGGA’s ‘Summer Wine Fest’ on August 6th, showcasing up to 17 wineries/cideries for the…

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August 4, 2016

Edina Magazine’s February Read, Drink, Listen says: ‘Drink Family-Owned’

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This month in my column for Edina Magazine, I showcase a Pinot Noir from one of my favorite family owned Oregon wineries, Ponzi Vineyards.  Take a peek!  Read, Drink, Listen: February Read While promoting a new cookbook in 2009, Ruth Reichl, editor of Gourmet magazine, was called back to New York to learn that the…

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February 18, 2016

Leslee talks MN Wine on The Jason Show on Fox 9

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Interested in learning more about MN Wine? Click here to check out Leslee’s interview on The Jason Show on Fox 9 to learn more about the upcoming Winter Wine Fest, sponsored by the Minnesota Grape Growers Association, this Friday night!  

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February 11, 2016

Vive La France!

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I’m finally here!   Aboard the Amawaterways ‘Amadagio‘ ship cruising the Rhône River of France. For weeks, I’ve been talking about this trip as I’ve been so excited to share this very special excursion with you.  So here we are-after days of travelling, dodging horrible French internet and tripping through vineyards, I am finally able to share…

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April 7, 2015

California Wine Country // 3 Highlights

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Hey there! I’m Emily, Amusée’s resident media manager and long-time dabbler in the food and beverage biz. In January I had the chance to visit over twelve wineries in Napa and Sonoma, from big established wine houses with grand history and large staffs, to fledgling winemakers working alone, after hours, from scraps of interesting land…

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February 25, 2015

Congratulations, Douro Valley!

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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

Congratulations Cold Climate Competition 2014 Winners!

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Congratulations to my friends and colleagues in MN Wine Industry!  I was exceptionally proud to be one of the judges for yesterday’s event.   Minnesota, you did us proud – way to go! And hey!  All you Minnesotans that still haven’t been out to visit these fabulous wineries in your own backyard…here’s just another reason…

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August 20, 2014

Savor Minnesota

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This past week I visited a small Minnesota winery located amongst the small and delightfully quaint streets of downtown Stillwater, Minnesota. My mission was to acquaint myself with the wines of the Northern Vineyards Winery so that I might select a wine or two for my upcoming pairings and presentations for the Minnesota Cheese Festival…

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April 23, 2014

Rioja’s Sleeping Lion

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Day 7:  An entire day of Wine Tasting amongst Rioja! The day begins with a quick drive from our place in the small town of Laguardia to our first appointment in Rioja Alavesa to the gorgeous, very modern estate of Viña Real. Viña Real, a winery which is part of the group, C.V.N.E.  Otherwise known…

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March 1, 2014
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