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Savor Minnesota


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

Miss my interview on 1500 ESPN Radio’s The Beer Show?

If you missed my interview on ESPN’s The Beer Show (April 3rd), don’t fret. I have it right here! Tune in to catch my interview with ESPN’s sports guy, Chris Reuvers.   What one BEER dude and one WINE chic chat about on air… 

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April 3, 2014

Los Caballeros del Priorato


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



PEOPLE.  It is one of the single most beautiful parts of my job.  One would think it the wine, the scenic vineyards you visit, or the amazing culinary experiences you’re constantly indulging upon on as a person of the wine industry.  While these are all A-MAZING perks to the job, my favorite part is still…

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January 8, 2014

New Happs on!

New Midwest Wine Connection Pic

We are very excited to announce a whole new collage of goodies for you at! Follow us on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM and PINTEREST, and you’ll catch our new monthly calendar content, packed with fun new wine recommendations, perfect food and wine pairings, Facebook Contests AND  a whole new monthly column called:  MANIC MONDAYS written…

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December 16, 2013

Tacos for Tigers, Guacamole for Gorillas

Support Como Park Zoo & Conservatory at Chipotle Mexican Grill’s Statewide Fundraiser on Tuesday -September 17! On September 17, Chipotle will give Como 50% of all sales made in Minnesota, as well as Hudson and Eau Claire, Wisconsin up to $35,000. All you have to do is bring a printout of the attached flyer, show…

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September 16, 2013

‘Bag in the Box’ Season is here!

I was reminded of all the reasons why I love wine in box this morning when I found a note in my ‘inbox’ from one of my favorite northern California producers, Peterson Winery, presenting their latest Box Wines of the Season. Fred and Jamie Peterson, who over the years have become more than ‘wine pals’…

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May 16, 2013

Randy’s Restaurant~Durango, Colorado

I pay homage and say good-bye to a Durango, CO restaurant legend.  Randy’s Restaurant, an establishment I worked and managed for over 9 years almost 15 years ago. Restaurateur, Randy Burton, not only one of my greatest career mentors, but life’s closest friends created an environment for his employees that was educative, and truly encapsulated…

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February 1, 2013

Cool new Minneapolis Beer, Wine, Spirits Store

Elevated Beer Wine & Spirits 4135 Hiawatha Ave A new craft beer and wine focused liquor store in South Minneapolis Like us on Facebook! Elevated Beer Wine & Spirits 4135 Hiawatha Ave * Minneapolis, MN A new craft beer and wine focused liquor store in South Minneapolis Like us on Facebook! AGAINST THE ODDS, ELEVATED…

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November 28, 2012

Minnesotan Hospitality

Friday I had the distinct pleasure and opportunity to train a winery in my own backyard. Well, not exactly my own backyard, but when you’re from Minnesota, an hours drive feels like something from your neighborhood. Crow River Winery, a Minnesota Winery, located just one hour west of the Twin Cities is an outstanding one…

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February 5, 2012
  • Here at Cooks of Crocus Hill, Leslee Miller brings an entertaining and informative energy to our wine classes. She is an extraordinarily competent sommelier, with a passion for her craft, in a profession riddled with pretenders. As a chef, she is my most valued resource when it comes to wine and food. Mike Shannon
    School Coordinator
    Cooks of Crocus Hill
    Edina, MN