Business interests are pleading with the U.S. Congress to avert a trade war with Canada that could squeeze Florida orange-growers, put a cork in California wine exports and sour the sales of American chocolate.
Anecdotally, there seems to be a more even participation of men and women here. Perhaps it's because many women who are in top positions - as head winemakers, viticulturalists or CEOs - started wineries with their husbands, and are in family-run operations
"Initially they suggested that I should seek psychiatric help and once they got over that and saw this guy is actually serious about this, they were very excited," said Pat Bell, the former Liberal MLA behind the project.
No sooner did the news break than various political forces began to align against the move, with a provincial workers' union calling the idea a potential threat to public safety, while a lobby group attacked the plan as evidence of an anti-small business bias among the governing Liberals.
In the most recent edition of Wines of British Columbia's The Vine newsletter, the organization celebrated its 25th anniversary with a column highlighting the powerful influence of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
Colio Estate Wines announced today that it will be donating $100,000 towards the creation of two academic scholarships at St. Clair College and Brock University, in memory of their late Master Winemaker, Carlo Negri.