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?