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Good Drinkin' Tonite... and tomorrow, and the next...

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My inspiration for the title of this post? I was interviewed by none other than Terry David Mulligan this morning – yes, he of Good Rockin’ Tonite and Much West in days gone past.

Mulligan is currently in the Okanagan Valley (although in the process of moving back to Vancouver), and hosts a weekly wine-related radio show called The Tasting Room (you can listen to archived episodes via TDM's website).

I’m not sure when my segment will air, but I’ll be sure to keep readers posted as I learn more.

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Wednesday is the last chance for Winnipeg Free Press readers to enter the Taste of BC contest.

We’ll have Dave Carson, senior winemaker from Jackson Triggs Okanagan, on-hand at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café next Thursday. Twenty-five lucky winners (and their guests) will enjoy Carson’s wines paired with dishes created by Domenic Amatuzio and the Winnipeg Free Press News Café crew.

At the end of the night, one of the lucky attendees will win a trip to the Okanagan in late September/early October with a guest – and with me.

The itinerary is shaping up to be a great one – in addition to some great winery visits, the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival will be in full swing, so we’ll be able to taste the best of what the Okanagan Valley has to offer.

So if you’re reading this and it’s still Wednesday, click here to get your name into the contest… and good luck!

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Tonight marks the beginning of a busy string of days for me – there’s the Flatlander’s Beer Festival Beer Dinner tonight at Bergmann’s on Lombard, then the public tastings kick off tomorrow night and pick up again Friday night at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Click here to see a list of beers being poured. 

Then Friday through Sunday is ManyFest, featuring the Taste of Downtown Wine & Cheese Festival. The six independent specialty wine stores of Manitoba will be pouring wines all weekend right across from the Legislative Building. For more info click here.

Follow me on Twitter at @thegrapenut and I’ll do my best to provide real-time updates all weekend at as many of the events I can get to. And watch for more in this space in the weeks to come.

 

--  Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson / The Grape Nut

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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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