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What wine goes well a chocolate bunny?
Hey, it's a long weekend! Wondering where and when you can buy wine this weekend? Here are some helpful hints:
- Manitoba's Liquor Marts are closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.
- The hours for Manitoba's private wine stores will vary from store to store. From what I can gather, most stores are operating as per usual on Saturday - beyond that, it's best to check with your local store.
Here's what I mean: Fenton's Wine Merchants at the Forks is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day right through the weekend, De Luca Fine Wines will be closed Good Friday and on Sunday, with regular Saturday and Monday hours, Banville & Jones is open from noon to 6 p.m. on Good Friday, and all other days are regular operating hours, and both La Boutique del Vino and G.J. Andrews (formerly Stephen & Andrews) are closed Friday and Sunday.
So... I guess what I'm saying is that you should call ahead to find out whether the private wine store in your neighbourhood is open, and when.
Here's another installment of GrapeNutTV for you - I'm gearing up to do a lot of video in conjunction with the Winnipeg Wine Festival, and I promise that the next time I appear in front of the camera I'll look far less disheveled:
Oh, and the answer to the question in the title of this blog: try an Aussie Grenache, an entry-level Cabernet Sauvignon, or Chilean Carmènere.
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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