Lots going on wine-wise around town in the next little while - so much, in fact, that I can barely keep up:
- Next Friday and Saturday marks the debut of Wine Stage Manitoba, a two-night wine fest presented by the Independent Specialty Wine Stores of Manitoba. $49.99 gets you in the door, a souvenir glass, and a chance to sample nearly 200 wines between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m..
Proceeds benefit Manitoba Theatre Centre (where said fest is taking place), and tickets are available by dropping by or calling MTC at 942-6537, dropping in to any of the six participating private wine stores, or by visiting MTC's ticket page on their website.
- Former Winnipegger Marnie Old will be back in town at the end of September as well. Old is a Philadelphia-based sommelier and wine educator whose first book, He Said Beer, She Said Wine (co-authored with Sam Calagione), is a fun journey through pairing food with two of my favourite beverages.
Marnie has a new book out entitled Wine Secrets: Advice from Sommeliers, Winemakers and Connoisseurs, and she'll be doing a reading and signing at McNally Robinson in Grant Park on Tuesday, September 29. More details on Marnie's event can be found on the McNally Robinson website.
- Fall is a good time for winemakers from the southern hemisphere to travel - after all, it's spring south of the equator, so they don't have to worry about harvest yet. It's no surprise, then, that a couple of Aussie chaps are swinging through town at the end of September.
Logan Wines winemaker/proprietor Peter Logan is coming in from New South Wales for a dinner on Wednesday, September 30 at the always-fantastic Mise... restaurant (842 Corydon Avenue). Logan's wines (specifically the Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Shiraz/Viognier) have been paired with some special dishes for the event. Reception at 6:30, dinner at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 (plus taxes and gratuity) and are available by calling Mise... at 284-7916.
- That very same night (September 30), Stuart Blackwell of Barossa Valley winery St. Hallett's will be in town, albeit in a decidedly more Australian setting - namely, Billabong Australian Bar & Bistro (D-121 Osborne Street). Five courses plus hors d'oeuvres and a half-dozen wines will set you back $89 (plus taxes and gratuity, I think) and are available at Billabong by calling 452-1019. Stand up reception starts at 6:00 p.m. The menu looks good...
Know of a wine event coming up that you'd like to let people know about? Send me an email and I'll try and include it in future blog updates.
Have a great weekend and enjoy some nice crisp white wines in the dying days of summer!