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Labour Day weekend! Whether you're heading to the cottage for some last-minute relaxation or hunkering down in front of the television for the Bomber game, make sure to put away those white pants.

Here's what you need to know about buying wine, beer and other grown-up bevvies this weekend - essentially, everyone is keeping regular hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

On the holiday Monday:

  • Liquor Marts are closed on the Labour Day Monday.
  • The following private wine stores are also closed Labour Day: G.J. Andrews Food and Wine Shoppe, Calabria Market and Wine and La Boutique del Vino.
  • Open from noon to 6:00 p.m. are Banville & Jones, Kenaston Wine Market, De Luca Fine Wines and The Winehouse.
  • Fenton's Wine Merchants is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

As for buying brewskis, beer vendors are allowed to be open, and likely will be at their discretion - call ahead to avoid disappointment.

Speaking of beer, watch for a Flatlanders Beer Festival preview next week in this spot. I'm also looking into a local winery that is no more - if I firm up anything on that front it'll be here as well.

Oh, and of course I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that you can follow me on Twitter for more.

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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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