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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

Pantry Pairings

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Doesn’t everyone eat Popcorn, Hummus and/or Pizza for dinner during the week?  (Or, is that just me?) Wine Pairings doesn’t always mean you’re pairing to the best made recipes or elaborate ingredients.  Sometimes selecting the right wine just means you’re pairing to how you feel, or what’s left over in the fridge on a Tuesday…

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April 22, 2014

Manic Mondays with The Chucker! A Guide to drinking The Pink.

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The always lovely and oh so generous, Chuck Kanski of Solo Vino Wine Shop in St Paul, is back to share his monthly #ManicMondays post with Amusée!  This month chatting to one of my favorite wine topics…PINK!! Get the 4-1-1 on this delightful sipper with Chuck’s ‘Guide to Why You Like Pink Wine!’  So here’s…

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April 21, 2014

$100 Off your Next Amusée Event!

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Our Spring Newsletter just went out and we’re offering those on our mailing list one CRAZY spring offer! $100 off your next event when you book for the months of April or May.   *Does not apply to events already scheduled.   Not on the mailing list to receive the coupon or the TASTY FINDS…

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April 10, 2014

Pin me!

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I cannot stop pinning.  I’m obsessed with Pinterest.  I’m pretty sure you’re obsessed with Pinterest. Wait!  Aren’t we ALL obsessed with Pinterest?  Laying in bed late at night, pinning away.  Pinning from your desk allll day long.  Pinning when you’re supposed to be doing something else! Pinterest.  Businesses, big businesses, (Macys, LL Bean, Lowes) are…

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April 4, 2014

I’m back!

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I know, I know…I sort of dropped off the face of Spain there for a minute.  Sorry.   Here, have a glass of Rioja!   While I highly considered leaving the U.S. forever taking on a career of eating jamón for the rest of my days, I thought it over and well…here I am.  …

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April 3, 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

¡Toro, Toro!

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Day 6:  Taking a quick break from wine country on a day when most wineries are closed, we take a day trip into the Bullfighting region of Pamplona. Pamplona (Spanish) or Iruña (Basque) is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre. The city is famous worldwide for the San Fermín festival, from July 6 to 14,…

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February 26, 2014

La Rioja Alta

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Picking up where we left off… After spending the day in Priorat, we leave the region and drive a bit closer to the area of Rioja, before we take camp for the night.  Knowing that our drive to the region the following morning will be a long haul, we take drive just an hour and…

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February 24, 2014

Los Caballeros del Priorato

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Day 4:  We discover the ‘Wild West’ of Spanish Winemaking! We leave our cute little Cava village of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia early morning, and head off for the town of Gratallops.  Smack dab in the famous winemaking region of Priorato and its grapes Garnacha & Cariñena (most commonly known as Carignan in FR or/and Mazuelo in…

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February 23, 2014
  • Leslee is the most approachable sommelier we have ever met. She is a walking wine library yet still makes the whole wine experience very fun, accessible and interesting. She has helped us craft our wines, tweak our brand, and develop a commercial strategy. There isn’t one aspect of the wine industry that Leslee doesn’t tackle and excel at. Cheers to our fabulous friend Leslee! Teresa & Eugenio Meschini, Owners
    Familia Meschina Wines
    Minneapolis, MN