Prepare your palates – the Winnipeg Wine Festival’s ancillary events begin Sunday, running throughout the week until the main public tastings at the RBC Convention Centre May 2 and 3.
Join Winnipeg Free Press wine columnist Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson at the Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe this week as he chats with some of the wine world’s most interesting characters – all of whom have a Winnipeg connection.
Terry Hopkinson, Winnipeg Wine Festival general manager
Tuesday, April 29, 11 a.m.
One of the people behind the Winnipeg Wine Festival's creation over a dozen years ago is heading into his final year as the fest’s general manager, and will talk about the impact it has had on the community.
Wes Pearson, winemaker, Dodgy Bros. (Australia)
Wednesday, April 30, 2 p.m.
Wes Pearson left Winnipeg for Whistler at 18, with no clue he’d end up in the wine business. From the Okanagan Valley to Bordeaux to Australia’s McLaren Vale, Pearson has made wine all over the world, now making wine (and playing hockey) Down Under.
Howard Soon, winemaker, Sandhill (Okanagan Valley, B.C.)
Thursday, May 1, 10 a.m.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Soon is a Canadian winemaking icon. Having spent some time in Manitoba in his formative years, he’s back often (sometimes to visit in-laws). His single-vineyard wines continue to bring in awards, and he’s one of the most knowledgeable voices in the Canadian wine industry.