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03/07/14
BC government outlines plan for grocery store liquor sales
After announcing in 2013 that British Columbians may soon be able to buy alcohol with their groceries, the provincial government outlined today (March 6) its plan for grocery store liquor sales. The B.C. government is moving to implement a two-part model that will be in place by early 2015.
03/07/14
Liquor to be sold in BC grocery stores
The B.C. government is permitting beer, spirits and wine to be sold in local grocery stores through separate cashiers by 2015. B.C. Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says expanded liquor sales will also be allowed in other places.
03/06/14
Extreme freeze damages Ontario vineyards
Freezing temperatures across Ontario have damaged vines in the Canadian province's vineyards, with some producers reporting bud loss of around 90 percent.
03/05/14
Diageo appoints exclusive national broker for Canada
Wirtz Beverage Group is to become Diageo's exclusive national broker in Canada, after signing an agreement last week.
03/04/14
Ontario's non-hardy vines take a beating this winter
Repeated thermometer plunges near or below -20°C in Niagara - conditions not seen in years - are taking a toll on Ontario's orchards. And Vineland Estates, winemaker Brian Schmidt says it's cold-averse varieties like Merlot, Sauvignon blanc and Syrah that have suffered the worst. These varieties can endure bud damage at readings of -19°C or lower.
03/04/14
Diageo Canada and Wirtz Beverage Group Announce New Broker Relationship in Canada
Diageo, the world's leading spirits, wine and beer company, and Wirtz Beverage Group, a leading distributor of the world's top luxury and premium wine, spirits and beer brands, today announced that they have signed an agreement naming Wirtz Beverage as the exclusive national broker for Diageo beer, wine, spirits and Ready to Drink (RTD) brands in Canada.
03/04/14
Drink distributor Wirtz in deal with Guinness, Smirnoff maker
Wirtz Beverage Group, led by Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz, on Monday said that it will soon become Diageo's exclusive national broker in Canada
02/28/14
Ontario's wine industry gears up for farmers market sales
Fruit winemakers still want to be included in the Ontario government's plans to launch wine sales at farmer's markets this year, but so far they continue to be shut out.
02/28/14
New NB Liquor boss doesn't foresee corner store beer, wine
The new head of NB Liquor doesn't expect to see beer and wine for sale in New Brunswick corner stores any time soon. Brian Harriman has been on the job as the president and chief executive officer for about a month and has launched a review of the Crown corporation's retail strategy. ?Harriman says he'll look at the idea of sales in convenience stores, but he doesn't expect it to happen
02/28/14
Ontario wine industry event highlights best grapes from province
This Saturday, as they have for the past 25 years, the Ontario wine industry and supporters will come together to taste wine. Over time, the by-invitation gathering, dubbed the Experts Tasting, has looked at specially selected wines grouped by theme to gain better understanding of which styles best express Ontario's growing conditions and how local wines compare with benchmark bottles from around the world.
02/27/14
B.C. Alarmed over Wine in Grocery Stores
British Columbia Wine Institute says wider sales threaten local wineries. "Our biggest concern is a grocery store getting hold of a liquor license, frankly," said Miles Prodan, president and CEO of the B.C. Wine Institute, at a seminar held by Law Seminars International this week to review legal issues associated with the wine business in B.C.
02/25/14
Instructors announced for Okanagan Food and Wine Writers' Workshop
Jennifer Cockrall-King of the Okanagan Food and Wine Writers' Workshop has just announced the facilty for this year's event, and hallelujah, Anita Stewart is going to be there.
02/25/14
Should Alberta relax liquor regulations?
On Monday's Edmonton A.M., Justice Minister Jonathan Denis told the CBC's John Archer that it's worth having the discussion, particularly about staggering bar closing hours. "There has been quite a conversation the last 18 hours or so on my Facebook and Twitter about whether or not this would increase people's safety," Denis said.
02/25/14
Canada: What You Need To Know About The Final Report On BC Liquor Law Reform
The report contains a total of 73 recommendations that touch on everything from how alcohol is sold and purchased to how it's licensed and distributed, and the Province has announced that it fully supports every one of them.
02/19/14
Ontario's Beer Cartel Paints Alberta Liquor Privatization as the Bogeyman
Unsurprisingly, liquor monopolists in other provinces criticize Alberta's liquor privatization. The latest critic is Ted Moroz, president of the Ontario-based The Beer Store, which has a near monopoly on private sector beer sales in the province.
02/17/14
Famous filmmaker James Cameron buys Beaufort Winery in Courtenay, BC
Although Beaufort's new manager Mark Timmermans couldn't give many details Wednesday, he confirmed Cameron is the new owner
02/13/14
New National Standard for Icewine in Canada
After extensive consultation, the Government of Canada is introducing regulatory amendments that will help Canadian icewine producers expand export markets and protect consumers from fraudulent products. Primarily, the amendments will create a new national standard for icewine.
02/13/14
Quini Announces Breakthrough Wine Tasting and Rating App for iPhone and iPad
New benchmark for wine reviews, ratings and personalized recommendations set to shift consumer wine buying habits.
02/12/14
Ontario looking to update the way beer is sold, Wynne says
Premier Kathleen Wynne pledges to "modernize" beer sales in Ontario but won't be specific in Reddit chat on the Internet.
02/10/14
SAQ wine price jump part of trend toward fewer cheap wines
The SAQ, the Crown corporation that distributes and sells liquor and wine in the province, says it has to raise prices to keep up with inflation. Every February for the past few years, the SAQ has increased its prices by at least five cents a bottle, but this year, some bottles are becoming significantly more expensive.
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