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The Grape Nut v2.0

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Quick hit while I wait for the final details of the Winnipeg Wine Festival's ancillary events to be posted - I have a rough list but am waiting on a few events to be confirmed.

There's an interesting piece that was just posted at Palate Press titled There's a Reason No One Reads Wine Blogs. And while I find the capitalization on the blog's title a little painful, the core message of the post is key - wine blogs aren't nearly as popular as they should be because of an abundance of reviews as well as a lack of engaging content and networking.

Since this blog exists on a mainstream publication, it probably gets more traffic than many wine blogs out there. And since so many of my posts as of late have simply been little tidbits of info about upcoming events, etc., I'm feeling a little guilty.

So I've decided to engage a little more through this blog - a little more opinion, attitude, behind-the-scenes stuff (whenever possible - here I'm thinking specifically of during the Winnipeg Wine Festival), etc. I'll add some reviews too, whether it be stuff I can't fit in the column, stuff that may no longer be available but of interest to readers, etc.

I'll also try and link out to interesting/hot topic stuff in wine blogs/websites/etc. whenever possible, which in and of itself should mean I'll be updating this space more frequently. And hey, if you want me to sound off on anything wine/drinks/food/etc. related, shoot me an email.

Be sure to check back at the Winnipeg Wine Festival's website for ticket info and times for all events.

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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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