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Wine week — palate prep

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It's been, once again, far too long between posts, but that little e-hiccup is about to be corrected. I can't after all, remain silent in this little corner of the Winnipeg Free Press website as the Winnipeg Wine Festival descends on venues across the city. From the ancillary events  to the Gala Dinner to the weekend public tastings, I'll be taking in as much of the fest as is humanly possible.

Expect daily (or as close to daily as possible) updates, pictures, a flurry of tweets (can there be flurries of tweets, or is there another word for such an activity) and maybe some video. In the meantime, you can check out this upcoming weekend's column in the Detour section for some tips on navigating the public tastings, and/or visit the Winnipeg Wine Festival's website for a tentative list of wineries as well as info on how to get tickets for events (which are really moving, I'm told). Proceeds from all events go to Special Olympics Manitoba  (click for ticket info as well, or visit one of Manitoba's Liquor Marts  or Ticketmaster for tickets to the public tastings).

PS. I wrote this post from a picturesque window seat at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café, which is just a beauty of a spot on the corner of McDermot and Arthur. They've got a nice little selection of wines on hand if you're so inclined too...

 

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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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