Literary editor, drinks writer
Ben Sigurdson edits the Free Press books section, and also writes about wine, beer and spirits. He paid his way through university by working at a handful of wine stores in Winnipeg, which helped him land the wine-writing gig on a freelance basis in 2005.
Ben started working in the newsroom in 2012 as a part-time copy editor. Later that year he was hired as a full-time web copy/web editor, working the graveyard shifts.
When esteemed books editor Morley Walker retired in January 2014, Ben rekindled his love for all things literary and started a new chapter at the Free Press.
Ben holds a bachelor of arts degree in English/politics from the University of Winnipeg as well as a master of arts degree in English (writing stream) from the University of Manitoba.
Recent articles of Ben Sigurdson
Catton’s compelling, propulsive eco-thriller worth the decade-long wait4 minute read Preview Saturday, Mar. 18, 2023
More Canadians getting into the spirit of becoming whisky connoisseurs5 minute read Preview Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2023
What’s up: Belly laughs, beading and budget-friendly dining5 minute read Preview Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023
Big-grape romance at bargain prices5 minute read Preview Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023
When you write a weekly drinks column, there’s a certain sense of obligation around Valentine’s Day to offer up suggestions for wines to pop open with your sweetie. (There are only so many times you can write about wine and chocolate… trust me.)