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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

#ManicMondays with The Chucker!

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#ManicMonday is here and so is Chuck!  Back with his monthly post for Amusée, the Chucker gives us another reason to drink more BOX WINE! Everyone needs a safety net!  I am always making the statement that Minnesotans’ are not FRUGAL it’s more that Minnesotans’ are NOT WASTEFUL. There is a big difference between the…

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February 18, 2014

A Valentine’s Day #VittlesandVino!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! I realize we are a week behind in our regular Vittles and Vino post, but do not fret…we are back on track! With that said, our post today (a combination of libation and festive Valentine’s Day food) is created with only the sweetest intention. A super sultry cocktail, paired…

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February 14, 2014

Wine & Yoga Facebook Contest!

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With less than just one week away, we are counting down the days to our First Ever BEER/Wine/Yoga Experience in Stillwater! Set amongst one of Stillwater’s most gorgeous studio spaces, The Loft @ Studio J, we are offering a Beer/Wine/Yoga event paired to the Famous Five Elements!  Sharing the evening with some of our favorite…

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February 3, 2014
  • Leslee brings life, laughter and a refreshing delivery to the art and world of wine. I have the pleasure of working with her as a contributor on many editorial levels including both on and offline ventures. She is a consumate professional with a vast amount of knowledge and experience in her field. She has just begun tapping into her talents – and I am excited to see what the future holds. LouAnn Haaf, Editor in Chief
    Cambria Style Magaine
    Minneapolis, MN