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Well, I guess I was "scooped" by Free Press columnist Gordon Sinclair Jr. on the Independent Specialty Wine Stores of Manitoba's fall wine event called Wine Stage Manitoba. As he mentioned in his column

I'm working on a few "scoops" of my own, but if there's anything you think I should know about (be it wine, beer, spirits, or anything else drinkable), send me an email — uncorked@mts.net — and/or if you'd like, follow me on Twitter — www.twitter.com/WFPuncorked

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Non-Winnipeggers, this one's for you. There are a number of rural tastings coming up — three wine, one beer — about which you need to know! Not only will these events be a great opportunity to try some new sippables, but proceeds also benefit your respective communities. Win-win! Manitoba Liquor Marts are the presenting sponsor of all four events. The details:

Pine Falls Wine Tasting -- Friday, May 29, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

Place: Pine Falls Gymnasium (3 Walnut Street)

Cost: $25.00/person (taxes included) - tickets available at the Pine Falls Liquor Mart.

Proceeds benefit the "Wings of Power" Breakfast Program.

 

Flin Flon Beer Tasting -- Tuesday, June 9, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Place: Flin Flon Community Hall

Cost: $25.00/person (taxes included) - tickets available at the Flin Flon Liquor Mart.

Proceeds benefit the Flinty Project.

 

The Pas Wine Tasting -- Wednesday, June 10, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm.

Place: Wescana Inn

Cost: $25.00/person (taxes included) - tickets available through The Pas Liquor Mart

Proceeds benefit The Pas Health Complex Foundation, Inc.

 

Thompson Wine Tasting -- Thursday, June 11, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

Place: Juniper Centre

Cost: $50.00/person (taxes included) - tickets available through the Thompson Liquor Mart.

Proceeds benefit the Thompson Community Foundation.

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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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