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Deadline doldrums: MacLean event cancelled
Imagine my horror on Thursday morning when I got an email from my friend Mike at Banville & Jones, informing me that the Burge Family Winemakers 2005 Garnacha I reviewed in this weekend's column had sold out shortly after the visit by Mr. Burge a couple of weeks back - when I originally tasted the wine. The column was already printed - the Detour section is one of the first to be printed, as there's not usually any "breaking" news in there - and it was too late to substitute another wine.
Fine, I thought, it happens. It's not the worst thing in the world.
Well, imagine my horror when I received an email from Natalie MacLean's publicist not even an hour later informing me that MacLean had cancelled her Tuesday night signing and tasting at McNally Robinson/Prairie Ink. You know, the event I had mentioned and detailed in this weekend's wine column. It was one of those moments where I wanted to take my head and bang it against a piano - if I had a piano - like Don Music from Sesame Street:
Apparently MacLean is looking to reschedule for some time next year - I'll, uh, carefully keep you posted on that. In the meantime, if her book sounds like it would be up your alley, there are probably plenty of copies at McNally Robinson.
Have a great weekend, and don't forget that Beaujolais Nouveau comes out on Thursday - I'll try and grab some once it lands and throw a couple reviews up here ASAP.
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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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