Bert Hick of Rising Tide Consultants said he has heard from his contacts in the U.S. wine industry that the meeting comes amid concerns about the decision by B.C. to let licences to sell Vintner Quality Assurance (VQA) B.C. wines in grocery stores.
Each year for around six weeks during the season, Ed tracks icebergs and then heads out with his 180-foot barge to harvest the pristine, 10-20,000-year-old ice that takes three to four years to float down from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland before arriving off the shores of eastern Canada. This is ice that was formed before the Industrial Revolution, the purest water on earth, and it's what Newfoundland's Quidi Vidi Brewery uses to make its Iceberg Beer.
The popular festival in downtown Ottawa, at the Jordan block, 101 W. Main St., has become a mainstay in the community and is known for not only enticing local citizens to taste test Illinois-produced wine, but also in introducting the Ottawa downtown area to those visiting from outside of the city limits.
Constellation Brands Inc., the beer, wine and spirits producer and marketer, is seeking a valuation of roughly C$1 billion ($771 million) for the initial public offering of its Canadian wine business later this year, according to people familiar with the matter.