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Wine Fest - the home stretch

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Well, today's the last day of the Winnipeg Wine Festival, and it's been a blast so far. Thursday was the Gala dinner, with each course paired with two different wines. The combinations were almost as interesting and entertaining as Master of Ceremonies Rod Black, his second go-round in such a capacity.There were some fabulous items won in both the live and silent auctions: special/large format/signed bottles, trips to wine regions, chefs cooking for you in your backyard, etc.Yesterday was the first of the three larger public tastings at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, and I only ran around for about the last 45 minutes tasting wine, as it was also my brother's 30th birthday. I also figured that since I'd be around the WCC all day today, I'd have plenty of opportunities to get to a lot of wines.So, having said that, let's update the numbers, shall we?Number of wines sampled Thursday = 10Number of wines sampled yesterday = 18Number of wines sampled this week = 98Guess at the number of wines I'll sample today = 70Number of photos I got of my brother singing Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" with a cover band last night = 6

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About Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson

When he wasn't bashing on a drum kit in local punk rock bands, Ben spent the mid '90s hucking cases of wine around to pay for two English degrees. Now he's the Winnipeg Free Press wine columnist and blogger.

The extent of Ben's wine experience in the mid-90s was memories of accidentally leaving a bottle of White Zinfandel in the freezer overnight, and the ensuing mess he was left with. Between 1996 and 2005 Ben absorbed all he could about wine while working at wine shops to pay for school. Meanwhile, he was churning out papers for his BA and MA in English (from the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba, respectively).

Ben became the Winnipeg Free Press' weekly wine columnist in 2005, and two years later joined Wine Access magazine as a contributor, a member of their national tasting panel and a judge at the Canadian Wine Awards and International Value Wine Awards until the magazine closed up shop in 2013.

In 2013 Ben joined the Winnipeg Free Press as a copy/web editor.

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