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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.
05/13/14
Here's a Map of the World's Drunkest Countries
As the map below from the World Health Organization shows, Russians and their neighbors drink more than almost everyone else in the world. Canadians drink more than Americans, keeping pace with most European countries.
05/08/14
Stag's Hollow Winery flies under the radar in the Okanagan
I still run into people who think that Stag's Hollow Winery-one of the woefully underappreciated gems in B.C. wine-is brand-new. I've written about them a number of times-including their rosé in last week's column-but the good folks at Stag's Hollow can't seem to shake their underdog, under-the-radar image.
05/06/14
Ontario Winery bill gets corked
Raise a Glass to Ontario Act 114 aims at cutting red tape for local brewers, cideries, wineries and vineyards by eliminating transportation and warehousing regulations, as well as allowing producers to sell products from other wineries or breweries at their on-site stores. "This bill is now going to end up in the vacuum because of the election that was just called," Smith said. "But it's still a very important piece of legislation that signifies we need serious changes in the way we sell alcohol in the province."
05/06/14
Prost! Ontario wine sales coming to St. Jacobs market May 10
Wine sales are coming to theSt. Jacobs Farmers' Market starting May 10. Two Niagara Region wineries will have bottles of Ontario-made product for sale at outdoor booths. "We see this as a great opportunity to get access to market and to be able to sell to our consumers," said Paul Pender, at Tawse Wineryin Vineland.
05/05/14
Truett-Hurst, Inc. Announces Canadian Distribution Agreement
with Trialto Wine Group, Ltd. ("Trialto") based in Vancouver, Canada
04/30/14
VQA wines pour into farmer's markets
In a report to councillors Monday, the city's economic development department said allowing VQA wines at the St. Catharines market "aligns well with the expectations of the visitor experience."
04/29/14
Blackboxx helps winemakers transcend bounderies and protectionism
Blacksquare founders Mathew Protti and David Gluzman developed Blackboxx, an online ecommerce platform that, since 2011, has been enabling winemakers to transcend boundaries and government protectionism by selling their products on the Internet. In the process, they have helped create new markets and a surge in sales for small estate wineries in Canada and around the world.
04/25/14
Nova Scotia wine association puts a cork in marketing plans
"We've regrouped," said Stewart Creaser, president of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia
04/24/14
Feds buoy wine research with $2 million in the Okanagan
It takes two hands to count all the research projects the BC Wine and Grape Council will support thanks to an influx of funding from the Canadian government announced on Earth Day. Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan visited Grey Monk Estate Winery, Tuesday, for a press conference trumpeting a $2 million dedication from the five-year Growing Forward 2 initiative, fostering innovation in agriculture.
04/24/14
Convenience stores selling alcohol would lead to more underage drinking: The Beer Store
"The research is very clear: allowing convenience stores to sell beer, wine and hard liquor would lead to harmful consequences in our community," said Jeff Newton, President of Canada's National Brewers.
04/24/14
B.C. Industry Prepares for Shake-Up
Small and mid-size wineries want equal representation in British Columbia Wine Institute
04/23/14
Harper Government Invests to Improve Quality of B.C. Grape and Wine Sector
This investment builds on previous support of $2 million provided to BCWGC under the Developing Innovative Agri-Products (DIAP) initiative, for a project to help improve irrigation and nutrient management to achieve the highest vine and fruit quality
04/21/14
Spring Blossoms at Fort Berens Estate Winery
For Fort Berens, this spring brings new growth to their team, the blossoming of their winery construction project and a bountiful spring release of their favourite and new varietals.
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