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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).