Travels

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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

Uncorking Cava!

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Onward! Day 3 begins with our car rental.  ¡Ay, caramba! Renting a car in Barcelona begins with actually getting to your rental car agency of your choice.  Interesting to say the least. We had reserved our car online prior to our arrival and had, obviously, done a LOT of research on the situation before arriving.…

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February 22, 2014

Tour de España!

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Travel.  It’s a part of my life.  It is one of the many things in this life that recharges my soul.  Keeps me healthy and my heart smiling.  While traveling the United States has its thrills, over a year ago, my boyfriend Jason and I, vowed to take 30 days from our lives every year…

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February 21, 2014

GRATEFUL

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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

Experience Harvest in the Willamette Valley with Amusée

A Taste of Portland and the Willamette Valley A Unique Wine Experience Hosted by Sommelier, Leslee D. Miller Amusée Wine and Hallberg Travel & Tours present a perfect pairing of wine and travel experiences on this five night, hosted tour. Get a taste of the hip “green” city of Portland and sample the refreshing, new…

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June 8, 2012
  • Leslee is a sexy, fun, entertaining expert on everything grape-related, and she regularly makes WINE sexy, fun, and entertaining for us in our classes and private events at Cooks of Crocus Hill. Maggie Lyon
    Cooks of Crocus Hill
    Minneapolis, MN