Read, Drink, Listen – Edina Magazine

In my regular column for Edina Magazine, I recommend a fresh, vibrant red to satiate your spring senses coupled with a fantastic read and fun new listen offered up by my co-writers of our monthly column for pairing!     Read, Drink, Listen Walter Langdon returns from World War I to Iowa where he buys a farm near his parents… Continue

California Wine Country // 3 Highlights

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… Continue

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… Continue

A Monthly Pint: Valentine’s Day Beer Pairings & Picks

In my beer bestie, Cicerone Michael Agnew’s, monthly blog post for Amusée so appropriately coined, A Monthly Pint, Michael shares his most intimate secrets for perfect Valentine’s Day Beer & Food Pairings!   Valentine’s Day Food writer M. F. K. Fisher once said, “Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be… Continue

Twin Cities food and wine scene lured sommelier back to the Midwest

Twin Cities food and wine scene lured sommelier back to the Midwest By Jess Fleming POSTED:   01/29/2015 12:01:00 AM CST Leslee Miller is a certified sommelier at the new Salt Cellar Restaurant on Cathedral Hill in St Paul and owns wine consulting firm, Amusée.  (Pioneer Press:  Scott Takushi) Before Leslee Miller could legally… Continue

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… Continue

Game Day Beer & Chip Pairings for ALDI fans!

In my most recent blog post for ALDI, I chat beer & chip pairings for the big game!  What libation/chip pairing are you getting ready to kick off for the big weekend? Beer Tasting 101 January 23, 2015 – Hi, all! Leslee Miller here to help you get ready for the BIG GAME! When you’re craving… Continue

How to Taste Wine like a Pro

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… Continue

Salt Cellar, New School Steakhouse by City Pages

Thanks for the fabulous write up, City Pages! Salt Cellar, a New School Steakhouse with Old School Charm, Now Open in St. Paul By Mecca Bos Fri., Jan. 16 2015 at 4:00 AM Mecca Bos Salt Cellar is serious about its wine program. “Good meat is nothing without good wine, and they’ve wisely invested in a real-deal… Continue

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… Continue

Read, Drink, Listen

In my regular column for Edina Magazine, I suggest a zesty South American vino for a quick winter warm up!  Want a fabulous read and a delicious listen to accompany this flavorful little find?   Read on… Read, Drink, Listen January 2015 ~  Edina Magazine The first month of the new year encourages reassessments. Janice MacLeod… Continue

Ask Leslee: Submit Your Wine Questions

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… Continue