Would you believe that in the last two weeks, I've had about less than a glass of wine? The only wine I've had was the suspect Canadian Chardonnay (see previous post), and I've since had one other bottle of Heineken, which tasted a lot better than my first one.Tonight, however, I return to the land of the wine drinkers. Quite frankly, I cannot wait. I've found that the last few days have been filled with daydreams of popping corks, sniffing and swirling (all in relation to wine, of course - lest you get the wrong idea).The Winnipeg Wine Festival
kicks off this weekend, with the first of the ancillary events Sunday night at 529 Wellington
. Unfortunately, the event is sold out.In its place, I suggest you go check out Ms. Marnie Old
, an ex-Winnipegger living in Philadelphia and making a name for herself in the wine world as the go-to girl for help with wine lists, wine events, and everything else wine-related. Heck, she's the Director of Wine Studies at New York City's French Culinary Institute
(great website, by the way). That's HUGE.Anyhow, she's hosting a dinner at Bistro Seven and a Quarter
(725 Osborne Street South) based on the book she co-wrote with brewmaster Sam Calagione called He Said Beer, She Said Wine.
Three courses will be tasted alongside both beer and wine. Tickets are $85 plus taxes and gratuity. To reserve a place, call the Bistro at 777-2525.On Wednesday, Marnie will be at McNally Robinson
Polo Park at 7:30 for a talk, signing and tasting.***I'll be blogging pretty much every night this coming week in an attempt to cover as many Wine Festival-related activities as possible. Then, at the end of the week, I'll probably check myself into rehab. Good times!