Recently, the owners, Michael Lightfoot and Jocelyn Allen, started the development agreement process for their Lower Wolfville land. They want permission to build a tourist commercial operation at 11137 Highway 1. The proposal includes constructing a banquet hall that will hold 150 people, a commercial kitchen and wine tasting rooms.
By now you've seen and heard about the April 1 launch of BC Wine Institute's first "wine on grocery shelves" BC VQA wine store: Wines of British Columbia Save-On-Foods South Point in South Surrey. It represents the first time in BC that a BC VQA wine store operating agreement has been granted to a grocer, which we believe is a positive step forward in enhancing the effectiveness of these unique, direct from farm retail sales licences.
It's a new year in the Okanagan and as the sap begins to push, the dreams of most producers turn to thoughts of the best growing season ever. Much has changed over the last decade but if you are thinking the wines are better than ever it is more than that
"I would say the Shores of Erie, that weekend is as good as a month of sales here in retail," said Stephen Mitchell, the president of the Sprucewood Shores Winery and the Essex and Pelee Island Coast Growers Association. Kelly O'Rourke, the director of the festival, said the economic benefit on the region was $2.8 million in 2014, based on the Ontario Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM).
Ontario may soon allow its restaurants, clubs and pubs to sell beer for home consumption. In the whole Canada, there are only six provinces that allow these establishments as part of their liquor license to sell beer for home consumption.
Under it's far-reaching liquor policy changes, the province is proposing to to put into play a limited number of VQA licences, which will allow grocery stores, like Houser's East Vancouver Super Valu, to sell made-in-B.C. wine.
"We're way up from last year," said Andy Gebert, co-owner. "I think it's the good weather in the Okanagan, everybody likes to come and take in spring. After the winter it's nice to see visitors coming back and enjoying the Okanagan with all the great restaurants and of course the wine."
Restaurants Canada wants to change all that by bringing what's known as "off-sales" to the province, which means allowing licensed restaurants to sell beer, wine and cider to patrons who want to take it home.