Wine Reviews

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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

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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



Sorry for the delay here, folks!  I’m a day behind on our weekly Wednesday #SommelierSips post.  However, with ALL of the wine homework I put forth yesterday (tasting from 11am – 10pm!), I’m locked and loaded for a TON of really cool new wines to give you!  Keep your eyes peeled for tomorrow’s #VittlesandVino post,…

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January 23, 2014


I’m really excited to announce today’s #SommelierSips as I just tried the wine for the very first time last night!  I thought it too good not to share with you all. The wine:  Cenyth ~ Sonoma County, California The name:  ‘Cenyth’ (pronounced sen-eth) is the ancient form of the word, zenith.  Deftly blending Bordeaux style…

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January 15, 2014

Read, Drink, Listen from Edina Magazine – December 2013

In my monthly column with Edina Magazine, I list a delicious red that not only tastes good but feels good! Check it out… Read, Drink, Listen The monthly must-haves. Edina Magazine, December 2013 Read In 1947, a passenger plane headed to New York falls from the sky. A scrappy personal injury lawyer named Arthur Wise…

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December 18, 2013

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

Read. Drink. Listen.

In my monthly column with Edina Magazine, I list one of my favorite Pacific NW red blends for your March ‘wine drinking’ Madness… Read.Drink.Listen The monthly must-haves. FROM THE ISSUE: MARCH 2013 Read: Gretchen Rubin explores how a dwelling becomes a home in Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson,…

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March 7, 2013

Cold Climate Competition

Last Thursday, I sat amongst a panel of several judges analyzing a number of wines for one of the country’s most talked about grape pageants, the International Cold Climate Competition. After tasting over 75 wines within an 8 hour time slot, here is a overview of the day’s activities and its significance as told by Channel 5′s,…

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August 19, 2012

A Review of Minnesota Wines from Crow River Winery

No kidding, it’s one of my most Frequently Asked Questions… What do YOU think about Minnesota Wines? Here, I review a whole line up from a winery located just one hour west of the Twin Cities, Crow River Winery. Complete with food pairings, I share with you a line up of eight wines, detailed with…

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January 23, 2012

Girls n Grapes Tour España!

Girls & Grapes are back at it!  We figured that since the holdiays are so close, we might as well squeeze in a number of opportunities to drink great wine.  Below is a recap of an evening spent touring ‘blindly’ the wines of Spain.  Under tin foil until the last of the tasting notes were…

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November 30, 2011
  • 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