Saturday marked a momentous day for Lillooet's Fort Berens Estate Winery. The dry, hot sun shone brightly in Lillooet as Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon presented Fort Berens the prestigious 2014 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines for their 2012 Estate Riesling.
Despite economic challenges and the effects of extreme weather, LCBO's financial results for fiscal 2013-14 show net sales growth of 2.2 per cent, up $105 million, to $4.997 billion. The agency transferred a dividend of $1.740 billion to the Ontario government (excluding taxes), $40 million more than the year before. Net income for 2013-14 grew $34 million to $1.745 billion, an increase of 2 per cent.
This year marks the 14(th) national competition judged by an extensive panel of the most respected wine writers, wine critics, retail buyers, Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wines in Canada. With 1,335 wines being reviewed from 189 wineries across Canada, the Canadian Winery of the Year is the highest distinction in the Canadian wine industry.
A call by the three western premiers for the dismantling of internal trade barriers between their provinces is a great idea - one that is long overdue. It would lead to more opportunities for enterprising businesses, lower costs for consumers, and greater economic freedom.
Growers of Ontario fruits and vegetables say this summer is looking like a good one for produce. Standing along the packing line of his fourth generation family farm, John Thwaites can't help but smile.
Nova Scotia's Devonian Coast Wineries has won a Chairman's Trophy Award at the recent Ultimate Wine Challenge in Westchester County, N.Y. Devonian's Mercator Lat 45° took top prize in the competition's White Blends-North America category, ahead of wines from the United States and Ontario.
The Wine Industry Champion Award was recently presented to Dean Allison, Federal Member of Parliament for the Niagara West-Glanbrook riding in Ontario, recognizing Allison's exemplary support for the Canadian wine industry and contributions to the overall strength and long-term viability of the industry.
At their recent annual general meeting, the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) announced the Wine411 joint project with BlackSquare Inc. to produce the first independent, national online directory of Canada's nearly 800 wineries.
Like the improvement in quality of grapes in Ontario during the past quarter century, the celebrity speaker at the upcoming Niagara Grape and Wine Festival has seen plenty of progress in his area of passion.
Fire crews are battling a brush fire on Mount Boucherie in West Kelowna, B.C., as wildfires continue to spread across the province. Smoke and flames can be seen climbing the mountain, which sits on the shore of Okanagan Lake in the province's popular wine-growing region.
he Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) announced the results of the inaugural Canadian Wine Industry Awards. These prestigious awards recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that have gone above and beyond to support and enhance the wine industry in Canada, celebrating the success, leadership and outstanding commitment in Canada's grape wine industry.
"The Senator exemplifies the intent of the award, which was created to recognize those who have helped to develop the wine industry in our province," says BC Wine Institute chair, Josie Tyabji who presented Fitzpatrick with the award at the Canadian Wine Industry dinner at CedarCreek Estate Winery. "His efforts and leadership have helped shape the industry as we know it today."
Grape growers are getting a 2 percent price increase over two years as part of an agreement reached with wineries. Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of Grape Growers of Ontario, says the agreement covers 18 varieties and the price increase is over this year and 2015.