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The state(s) of wine/a provincial challenge

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First things first, some business...Liquor Marts will be closed on Monday, so stock up early so you're not stuck in line on Saturday or Sunday. Alternately, some beer vendors and private wine stores will be open on Monday - it might not be a bad idea to call ahead.I found a piece yesterday on Time Magazine's website called "Fifty States of Wine" - writer Joel Stein, upon discovering that every state produces some sort of wine, decided to take on the task of trying one from every state. The results are all over the map (pardon the pun) check it out for yourself here. You can also check out the video he shot with Wine Library TV's Gary Vaynerchuk, where they tasted through ten wines from various states.So I thought I'd do the same north of the border - try and track down/taste a wine from every wine-producing province of the True North Strong and Free. I've already tasted wines from Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. I think that leaves Newfoundland, Quebec and Alberta (to my knowledge, there is no wine made in Saskatchewan, but I'll check around). I'll post the results here as I go through them - if you have any insight/tips, let me know.UPDATE: Apparently there is wine made in Saskatchewan - a reader alerted me to Cypress Hills Winery... another one to add to the list.Not surprisingly, Bottle Shock has already left the theatres - I apologize for failing to get to see it and provide a review. I guess I'll have to wait for the cheap theatres to pick it up or for its release on DVD. From the sounds of things, I/we didn't miss much.Have a great long weekend and - dare I say it again? - Go Bombers! Hey, last time it worked...

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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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