So the Winnipeg Wine Festival starts in just over a week, and I'm trying to plan my attack - I'm hoping to get to as many ancillary events as possible. Winnipeg Free Press coverage this year should be pretty cool - I'll be updating from every event with pictures and Twitter updates that should be streamed into a Cover it Live platform. If I find a real gem of a wine to try, I'll be able to let you know in real time. Heck, you'll probably be able to track me down at the ancillary events and the main tastings based on my updates.
Just a couple of quick hits before the weekend:
OK, so this is the last chance for me to remind you that the California Wine Fair happens tomorrow night from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. at the Delta Hotel (350 St. Mary Ave.).
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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