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Things tend to slow down a bit over the summer, as many of the "movers and shakers" on the Winnipeg wine scene go on vacation, or are busy with festivals, concerts, and so forth. My wife and daughter are in Prince Edward Island on holidays (my holiday time has been spoken for by various wine trips this year), so I've been living a relatively solitary life of a bachelor over the past week. In other words, I'm bored outta my tree.I've been compiling my wine blog roll call over the past couple of weeks, including a couple of great local wine bloggers - watch for the list in the days to come. I'm also working on a longer piece for next Saturday's dead-tree edition on great places to enjoy a glass of wine - wine bars, lounges, restaurants, hotels, etc. Where is your favourite place to go for a glass of wine?I've also been keeping my eye open for the local release of Bottle Shock, a film that recalls the events leading up to The Judgement of Paris, a 1976 blind tasting between French and American wineries. Reviews have been decidedly mixed, with most critics hailing Alan Rickman's performance as Steven Spurrier and deeming the rest of the film less than stellar. As the wine critic (and former Film Studies minor), I'm interested in seeing it, and wonder if the success of Sideways (and, to a lesser extent, Mondovino) will result in more wine-related movies. So far I haven't seen any listings for it...FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: Looks like it opens today at Grant Park... I'll try and get to it in the next few days.I don't know if it's even worth saying, but: Go Bombers?

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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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