• Easy Batch Cocktails to keep your holidays a hoppin!


    This past week in our Fortify your Sips class with David Zhang of Midnight Rosewater and Erik Eastman of Easy & Oskey, we enjoyed a full evening of fortified wines from Sherry, Port, to Madeira, learned of a number of exotic fruits and veggies that can be intertwined with cocktail ingredients and sipped on a…

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    November 25, 2015
  • Must Haves // Summer Whites!


    July is such a great month for sippin’, don’t ya think?  While Minnesotans are habitual about ‘only drinking’ white in the hot summer Midwestern months, from my view, all wines are good any time of the year!  If you know my perspective, I generally select wines based on my mood or my food. Well, my…

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    July 10, 2015
  • Sangria For Life // Pink Sangria Recipe


    Few things scream “Endless Summer!” than a giant pitcher of heady sangria. After a great meal on the patio with your friends, sangria can be the fresh, lingering finish to an epic night, the night cap that never ends, and the liquid dessert that keeps on giving! Not to mention, sangria is a great excuse…

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    June 29, 2015
  • Fat Tuesday–King Cake Wine Pairing!


    Happy Fat Tuesday, y’all! Just because it’s cake, doesn’t mean you can’t pair a wine to it!  Check out this deliciously indulgent and celebratory wine pairing I’ve selected to pair to Mardi Gras’s most famous and iconic dessert, KING CAKE, to kick off the party!   But wait…this recipe comes with a twist and is created by local food guy, Andrew…

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    February 17, 2015
  • Somm Speak: Superbowl Wine Pairings


    In my most recent edition of ‘Somm Speak‘ for A Perfect Pint‘s Blog, I share a few tips for pairing wines to Super Bowl food for the big game, with an easy (and delicious) wing recipe to boot! Somm Speak: Leslee’s Perfect Super Bowl Pairings The Super Bowl. Isn’t it practically considered a ‘beer holiday’? I…

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    January 29, 2015
  • Weeknight Paprika Chicken Recipe with Wine Pairing


    Last week while cruising through some of my most recent pins on Pinterest looking for an easy midweek chicken recipe, I came across this super easy recipe from The Kitchen Paper.   The recipe was easy to create, ingredients were accessible and overall, pretty darn healthy.   I tried it, I LOVED it…and, I even found…

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    January 20, 2015
  • Somm Speak ~ A new monthly blog exchange with A Perfect Pint


    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
  • All about that Gravy, that Gravy


    I am grateful for a number of things this holiday season, but most of all…for my dearest friends.  Not only are we so thrilled to have a new section added to Amusée’s blog this week, A Monthly Pint, but to have Chef Mike Shannon join us for a guest post also this week sharing some…

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    November 25, 2014
  • Chef Mike’s Drunkin’ Punkin’ Pie Recipe w/ wine pairing

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    A class that has now become one of our Cooks of Crocus Hill staples, Holiday Pairings, was taught last night for the 4th year in a row by Chef Mike Shannon & myself.  With a wait list over a mile long, we squeezed in as many ‘Holiday Pairing’ fanatics as possible for this three hour…

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    November 19, 2014
  • Chef/Sommelier Fall Recipes & Wine Pairings


    Looking to spruce up your fall menus? Chef Mike Shannon and I teamed up this past month for Edina Magazine to give you a variety of delicious savory recipes with wine pairings. Wine and Dine Brussels sprout hash with bacon and shallots paired with a smoky Shiraz from South Africa is just one of many food and…

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    November 2, 2014