Girls n Grapes Go Glam ~ A Luxury Wine Tasting

This close to the holidays, the Girls & Grapes group got together one last time to celebrate ‘all things wine’.  In fact, our mission this month…bring a wine that you thought of as ‘luxurious’.  Or, a wine that really was one of the first wines or wineries that shaped your passion for wine. For many of… Continue

Wine & Chocolate Pairing Tips

Pairings: Wine + Chocolate Written by Leslee Miller / Photography by Steve Henke / Cambria Style Magazine ~ November, 2011 Leslee Miller of Amusée Wine takes the mystery out of pairing wines with chocolate.   Pairing wine to chocolate is not exactly as hard as some will tell you. Most, in fact, say it is… Continue

Great Gift Ideas for the Wino/Foodie on your Holiday List

Holiday gift guide 2011: For the oenophile Vita.MN Article:  November 24, 2011 By Christy DeSmith, photo by Tom Sweeney Forged in the crucibles of the West Coast wine industry, sommelier and event planner Leslee Miller recently returned to her native Midwest to launch Amusée, a wine consulting and events firm. Check out her plum wish… Continue

Girls n Grapes Tour España!

Girls & Grapes are back at it!  We figured that since the holdiays are so close, we might as well squeeze in a number of opportunities to drink great wine.  Below is a recap of an evening spent touring ‘blindly’ the wines of Spain.  Under tin foil until the last of the tasting notes were… Continue

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Wine Event

Looking for a fun wine event to attend with friends and family this week? Help support our local community and friends at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory this week with a wine event!   Como Friends presents the ultimate wine-tasting experience, Bouquets.    This annual fundraiser supports improvements at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.  Guests will enjoy… Continue

Girls n Grapes Talk Turkey

Girls & Grapes Gear up for the Wines that will Grace our Thanksgiving Tables in just a few short weeks! My fabulous group of girls that love grapes does it yet again.  With a slew of fabulous foods to snack upon and a whole gaggle of grapes to indulge – my small tasting group of… Continue

Jorge Ordonez Interview

Below – a super cool interview with one of my favorite Spanish producers, Jorge Ordonez.  The interview taken with The Shanken News Daily and passed on by my good pals of The Wine Company here in the Twin Cities.  Ordonez features a number of well-structured delicious wines – all fabulous for their price-points.  One in particular that… Continue

Beyond the ‘Winemaker’ with David Arthur Vineyards

It’s not all that often that we hear anything beyond “who the winemaker” is anymore when tasting wines out of California.  I’m not saying that it never happens, but often I feel this ends up being the case when tasting some of the golden state’s more cult-styled wines.  After living almost 4 years in Oregon… Continue

Cabernet Day ~ Sept 1, 2011

Now after many days of recovery under my belt, I’m finally able to share what was The Biggest Cabernet Day Ever within my household! With a whopping 20 hungry, Cab lovin’ foodies in attendance and a backyard set only for the finest of September days – the 7 course feast that I designed and cooked… Continue

Girls n Grapes: A Summer Wine Picnic

Time is just flying by these summer months!  And as I would love for the August summer clock to tick a bit slower, I still found myself these past few weeks counting down the days to our Girls August Tasting Nite.  Blogs past recap our past events, yet none can seem to truly encapsulate the amount… Continue

Sade Sizzles the Senses

You’d think I went kicking and screaming, I was so ‘unenthrauled’  with going to the John Legend/Sade concert last nite at the Target Center downtown Minneapolis.  My husband, an avid live music fan, bought tickets to the concert months before and had become increasingly more excited about the event than his own birthday in a few… Continue

Beer Wine & BBQ

Once a quarter friend Michael Agnew, Cicerone of A Perfect Pint, and I teach a joint culinary beer/wine class at Cooks of Crocus Hill with our good pal, Chef Mike Shannon, the school’s culinary director.  With every class we teach, the crowd seems to get bigger and the wait list just that much longer.  Folks line… Continue