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The Grape Nut gets all Web 2.0
Just a couple of quick hits before the weekend:
First off, I blasted out a GrapeNutTV last night - I tasted a Monterey County Chardonnay - see the results:
Returning favourites include the Spanish Grape Stomp (now in the Delta Hotel's Main Ballroom rather than in their Blaze Bistro), the Wines of Canada VQA tasting at the Tavern United downtown, and a winemaker's dinner featuring Howard Soon of the Okanagan Valley's Sandhill Winery.
There are some interesting new entries this year as well, including an Italian wine event at Bellissimo Restaurant (one of my faves) hosted by 92 Citi FM's Joe Aiello.
There's also a "Night on the Red Carpet" event at Rembrandt's Bistro in Lockport that sounds quite chic, as well as a wine and food event at Earls on Main hosted by Philadelphia author/sommelier (and former Winnipegger) Marnie Old.
I'm planning on covering as many Winnipeg Wine Festival events as possible, which I have for the past three years. However, I'm going to try and do more real-time reporting. I'm going to do some video blogging, interviews, etc., and will also be using Twitter to report on some of the better (or worse) wines I try and events I attend.
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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