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06/05/14
Restaurants Canada applauds standardized tax rate for beer, wine and spirits
Bar and restaurant owners are applauding today's budget announcement that standardizes the specific tax on alcohol as of Aug. 1, 2014. Restaurants Canada (formerly the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association) has long been calling for equal treatment when it comes to this tax.
06/05/14
Canada: Taxes on store-bought cigarettes and alcohol going up
Imperial Tobacco calls tax increase 'irresponsible, short-sighted political cash grab'
06/04/14
French vintner in NS testing market for sweet Sauterne
The summer visiting and tasting season at Nova Scotia wineries is in full swing, but with his refined European manners and dark suit, Philippe de Lur Saluces stood out from the other tipplers at Domaine de Grand Pre on Tuesday.
06/04/14
Truett-Hurst's square wine gets Canada launch
The company said today (3 June) the brand was unveiled in Ontario last week and will roll out in British Columbia and Alberta. Other provinces will follow "in the coming months", it said.
06/04/14
Terlato Wines Partners with Heartland Distillers to Add American Craft Spirits to Portfolio
Terlato Wines, a leading U.S. marketer of luxury wines and spirits, announced today a partnership with Indiana's Heartland Distillers to jointly produce and market a collection of luxury American craft spirits. This represents the newest addition to the Terlato Artisan Spirits portfolio.
06/04/14
Chinese investors diversify their BC holdings
Once focused primarily on resources, overseas money is now flowing into other sectors
06/03/14
05/29/14
Ontario Vineyards Escape "Total Disaster"
Ker, a grape and wine industry consultant, who lists vine winter hardiness as one of his areas of research, said that, while the field examinations would not be completed until the end of June, he expected yields for the 2014 harvest would be down to 50-75 percent of the average crop, with some growers having even less depending on site and cultivars grown.
05/28/14
Ontarians ready for more choice in wine buying
Not surprisingly, this is an issue of vital interest to those of us at the Wine Council of Ontario (WCO), makers of Ontario's VQA - wines made with only 100 per cent Ontario-harvested grapes.
05/26/14
Wineries Bid for B.C.'s First Subappellation
Group in southern Okanagan Valley proposes Golden Mile Bench as new viticultural area
05/23/14
Unique Terroir of the Okanagan's Golden Mile Produces Distinctive Wines
Wineries located on the Golden Mile Bench wine growing area near Oliver in British Columbia have submitted a proposal to become the first official sub-DVA "Designated Viticultural Area" of the Okanagan Valley DVA. An in-depth scientific analysis by scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre - Summerland (AAFC-PARC Summerland) has shown the area has a combination of landform, landscape position, mesoclimate, air drainage and soil materials that make it distinct within the Okanagan Valley, contributing to the production of unique wines.
05/22/14
Tinhorn Creek finds way to ship wines to U.S. customers
Tinhorn Creek is using a California-based company called Ship at Home to provide direct-to-consumer sales of many of its wines. Everest said the company made it easy for Tinhorn Creek by handling all label and other compliance issues, importing the wine to the United States and handling all shipping and fulfillment
05/22/14
BC winemakers put a cork in their supply to create buzz
When Cynthia and David Enns started Laughing Stock Vineyards on the Naramata Bench in British Columbia's Okanagan in 2003, they were advised to start small, a strategy that worked for them in several ways. They were new to the business, still working their day jobs in the financial services sector. And they had a lot to learn about growing grapes.
05/21/14
New edition of Ontario wine travel guide highlights record 107 wineries
The latest edition of the Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide highlights a record 107 wineries in the province. Among the eight new additions, Karlo Estates in Wellington, Ont., offers what are billed as North America's first vegan-certified wines, and the Ice House Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake is dedicated to producing icewine.
05/21/14
Former Cava Secreta CEO loses battle for bottles of wine
The trouble at Saskatoon's first, privately-owned liquor boutique began in May of 2012 when SLGA revoked its liquor license after the shop breached its contract by buying alcohol straight from an Alberta supplier, rather than importing their stock through the authority.
05/21/14
Ontario's Kathleen Wynne sows rural promises with focus on farmers
Liberal leader reiterates budget commitment of $400 million over 10 years, emphasizes importance of farming and farmland to economy
05/20/14
New winery opens in Oliver
Kismet Estate winery celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, becoming the newest addition to the more than 30 wineries in the Oliver area.
05/19/14
VQA system fosters mediocrity
No question in my mind that this was a quality wine, and no question that it was a riesling
05/14/14
Canada's Booze Is Still Under Prohibition-Era Government Control
Much of Canada's current approach to liquor retailing has its roots in prohibition-era attitudes towards wine, beer and spirits. But anyone who thinks that era ended should consider the anti-competition rhetoric that emanates from government liquor stores across Canada or Ontario's government-approved private sector beer cartel, The Beer Store (owned by international brewers, Molson-Coors, AB InBev and Sapporo).
05/14/14
Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd. Reports First Quarter Financial Results
Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd. (the "Company" or "Liquor Stores"), North America's largest publicly traded liquor retailer, today reported its results for the three months ended March 31, 2014.
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