Wine Rants

Dracula’s Castle for Sale!


Dracula’s Castle is For Sale!  Anyone? Okay, I know I know.  Completely unrelated to wine, but I couldn’t resist posting this.  I have a slight obsession with vampires, so I thought I’d share. There are a few wines on the market, by the way, linked to these blood thirsty heathens (if you’re interested).    …

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May 15, 2014

Did you know?


Looking for wine suggestions, new recipes for your everyday eats or entertaining needs, or even a list of cool wineries in a particular region you’re heading to?   Did you know that between Amusée’s Facebook, Blog, Pinterest, and Instagram pages – we have you covered from A to Z? Amusée’s Blog lists a zillion Wine…

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January 30, 2014



Ever had a wine that made you… Today’s #SommelierSips post is truly the wine that will send you into orbit, if you’ve never experienced such a relationship with a grape! The winery:  Marqués de Griñón   Fun Winery Facts:  Marqués de Griñón wines are sourced from the prized Dominio de Valdepusa vineyard in Castilla-La Mancha. Valdepusa…

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January 29, 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

Terroir, does it really make a difference?

“To know a place, you have to taste it.”         T.S. Eliot Ever heard the word ‘Terroir’ used when hanging out with a bunch of wine geeks? The word is often used to describe the agricultural setting of (in this case), wine. By definition… Terroir is the set of special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a…

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September 13, 2013

Latest Fashion Trend: Box Wine!

WINE ‘HANDBAGS’ GO ON SALE IN UK 7th June, 2013 by Lucy Shaw Article Posted by:  The Drinks Business Swedish company Vernissage has started selling its boxed wines shaped to look like designer handbags in the UK due to unprecedented consumer demand. Vernissage’s wine ‘handbags’ have gone on sale in the UK due to consumer…

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June 15, 2013

The Vino Vault

Looking to build a Wine Cellar?   In my most recent column with Artful Living Magazine, I share tips on how to store, show off and share your wine collection.  Amusée’s cellar building partner, Foxwood Cellars, and I come together to show you some fabulous examples of transitions from closet to cellar in this informative piece. (Page…

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May 21, 2013

Wine Tasting ‘Not to do’s’

A great article by my friend, Bill Ward of the Star Tribune as to the ‘Do Not Do’s’ at your Next Wine Tasting Event A not-to-do list for wine tastings Article by: BILL WARD Star Tribune May 8, 2013 – 2:36 PM Not to put too fine a point on it — or encourage excess…

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May 9, 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

Great Article on ‘Moscato’ in the Wall Street Journal

Why You’ll Be Drinking Moscato This Year By LETTIE TEAGUE Anyone who claims to be able to see into the future is often forecasting the past. (Isn’t that how history manages to repeat itself?) Since this holds true as much for wine journalists as anyone else, I’ll make my own backward-facing prediction: The hottest wine…

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January 14, 2012
  • Leslee Miller and Amusée turned our annual fundraising dinner into a magical evening. Open Arms is all about food, but Leslee’s extraordinary talents as a sommelier and the wines that she served at our dinner transformed our benefit into an event. Guests raved about her wine selections and thoroughly enjoyed her presentation. Amusée makes a perfect pairing for any event. Kevin Winge, Exectuive Director
    Open Arms
    Minneapolis, MN