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Bats, rats and fine French wine

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While I can't yet vouch for whether wine film Bottle Shock is any good, I can say this with great certainty: The Dark Knight is fabulous. Heath Ledger and Christian Bale make Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton (from the first installment of the Batman films) look like parodies of the super hero genre. And don't even get me started on the dreadful Kim Basinger...Oh yeah, right, this is a wine blog... well, I do plan on catching Bottle Shock before it's gone from the one theatre in which it is being shown. We'll see when I can actually fit that in - my bachelorhood comes to an end today, as my wife and daughter return from PEI after a two-week absence. While they've been gone, I've been rewatching the final season of The Sopranos - probably my favourite TV series of all time.In a recent episode I watched, Christopher Moltisanti and Tony Soprano steal a whole bunch of wine from some bikers (who were in the process of lifting the stuff themselves). Their haul? Cases of 1986 Chateau Pichon-Longueville. According to reviews, it's good stuff. Christopher, a recovering alcoholic, then goes on a bit of a bender.Product placement is rampant in The Sopranos, and I've noticed that the Sopranos tend to enjoy the tan-labelled Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale on a regular basis; it's a widely available Italian red (it sells in Manitoba for $29.05).

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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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