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So the Winnipeg Wine Festival starts in just over a week, and I'm trying to plan my attack - I'm hoping to get to as many ancillary events as possible. Winnipeg Free Press coverage this year should be pretty cool - I'll be updating from every event with pictures and Twitter updates that should be streamed into a Cover it Live platform. If I find a real gem of a wine to try, I'll be able to let you know in real time. Heck, you'll probably be able to track me down at the ancillary events and the main tastings based on my updates.

I'm also planning on shooting some video and including it (with my thoughts in general) in daily blog updates. I have a new, wine-only dedicated Twitter feed here: @WFPuncorked. You can always add my longer-running Twitter account (@bmswpg), but then you'll have to put up with my playoff hockey musings too.

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I just got a package of Wine Wipes in the mail yesterday, and the timing couldn't be better. They're individually packaged, non-toxic wipes that you use to get rid of the dreaded "red wine teeth". You just wipe your teeth and mouth with the disposable pad, and the orange blossom-flavoured wipe will clean your palate up right quick. The Winnipeg Wine Festival will be the perfect chance for me to put them to the test - I often find my teeth to be embarrassingly red/purple/black after tasting dozens of reds, and if it can refresh my tired palate, so much the better.

Forty Wine Wipes (two compacts of twenty) go for $16 plus tax and shipping, and can be ordered online.

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Have you tasted a wine and loved it, then tried it again and found it to be merely so-so? The answer may lie in the sky. Wine retailers in the UK are looking into whether the lunar cycle plays any part in how tasters react to wine. Lunar positioning plays into biodynamic winemaking, and helps dictate when grapes are picked, pruned, etc. (some wineries also bury cow poop in horns at certain times of the month, etc. - it's quite fascinating). Check out this piece in The Guardian for more.

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More to come (hopefully this weekend), including:

  • wine journalists and ethics in the blogosphere (sort of a hot topic at present);
  • Canadians continuing to buy wine in increasing quantity; and
  • quite possibly another installment of GrapeNutTV.

Have a great weekend!
 

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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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