Friend of Mine, Wine - Colleen Brynn Travels

Friend of Mine, Wine

May 5, 2013 by

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I have been home for just over a week now, and I have felt like doing very little of anything apart from reading, catching up on some HBO and trip planning. I’m one part trying to embrace the need to relax and shut down, and I am one part trying to push myself into making the most of the days I have here before I take off. Shaken, not stirred.

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So I went to the Winnipeg Wine Festival! The festival ran from April 28-May 4 and was held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. I’ve known people who have been before, but this was my first time to the wine festival. Dad asked me what wines were drawing me to the event, and being the smart ass I am replied, “The red ones.” Not surprisingly, I have only ever heard how fun the festival was, so on a whim, I decided to go with Saj and my two friends, Colin and Claire. When I asked Claire if she was interested, her response was, “Sure, count on the Irish people to go drinking with you.”

The concept of the festival is simple: sample wine! When you arrive, you are given a wine glass to take with you. There are little buckets at each table of wine for rinsing your glass (and spitting… but most people don’t spit. Let’s be real). We went to the afternoon event from 1:30-4:00, and in that time, you hop from table to table sampling whichever wines you want. There was red and white of course, but there was also ice wine, port, and sparkling wine that we managed to sample. With each sip of wine, our mouths grew slightly more and more purple, our grins grew wider and wider, and my dance moves became more and more groovy. To see what I mean, make sure you watch the video.



I highly recommend this event if you are from Winnipeg or here for a visit. I’m glad I went, and I will definitely be going back next year if I’m in the city! I also recommend the East India Company for some serious grub once the festival is over. It is stumbling distance from the convention centre, and the aromas and naan bread will haunt you for days. If you’re really lucky, your friends will have Berocca on hand to help cure the 7:00 o’clock hangover.

Have you ever been to a wine festival? Where?

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  1. Oooh I love wine tasting! I went to Prince Edward County Taste celebration before and it was so much fun! Food and wine tasting.

    I also went wine tasting around PEC and Niagara-on-the-lake.

    • Colleen

      Wow, that must have been great! The only winery experience I’ve had in Ontario was Henry of Pelham. It was great, but I know there is soooo much to try in the province!

  2. I actually don’t drink wine that much as Chinese wines are not the tastiest, but I remember my last wine tasting in Italy and I wish I could have a glass of an Italian red wine! Red wine’s my best friend as well. By the way, you look so glowing Colleen. Is it the love or the wine :-)?

    • Colleen

      Maybe the glow is from both!
      Yum, Italian wine is DELISH!

  3. Great post and drunken video! I sure miss the peg. I started to laugh when your left eye was half open… true prairie drunken trait! I get the same thing…

    • Colleen

      Haha! Is it a prairie trait? I never knew. I’d like to see yours in action!
      I’m glad you got a kick out of my video. 🙂

      • You’ll probably be globe trotting but I will be in the peg in July after my next photo shoot! Looking forward to being home. The “eye” will be on full display once the old boys get me out on the town!

        • Colleen

          Oh man, that will be great! Yes, I will be out of the country for all of July. I would have loved to meet up and see if both our eyes could come out. 🙂 Maybe next time!

  4. Courtney

    I’ve spent some time tonight catching up on your blog posts, and it makes me so happy to see you so happy on all of your adventures this summer. This video definitely made me miss you the most though! Can’t wait to see you again soon, but not too soon, as you still have so many adventures to come 🙂 xoxo

    • Colleen

      Aw Courtsie, miss you!!! So nice to hear from you and know you’ve been reading my blog. Love hearing from you, and can’t wait to give you a good squeeze (and polish off a couple bottles of wine)… all in good time. xoxo


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