The BC Government has announced its initial rules regarding the sale of wine and liquor in supermarkets in this policy directive, Phased-In Implementation of Liquor in Grocery Stores, and this press release, Lottery Announced for Liquor Store Relocation
Founders Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn have divorced, and Dinn has sold his interest in the winery to Noble. Based on an amusing photo that accompanied the press release and comments by the two founders, the split was amicable.
In the week of Feb. 17, the Ontario government announced it was setting aside plans for the expansion of LCBO kiosks in future grocery store test markets. It has caused a row with critics because in April 2014, the expansion plans were previously announced by that same Wynne government. For years, the LCBO privatization debate has ebbed and flowed in the public discourse. There are those who would love to see the Quebec or American style models, so let's take stock of Ontario's liquor situation.
The Vancouver International Wine Festival turns 37 next week, and having attended all of them I can say it's a special week for all wine drinkers. I have to say I admire the winery people who make the trek to B.C. and, maybe most of all, the unbridled enthusiasm shown by the public along with their thirst - figuratively and literally - for wine.
Premier Kathleen Wynne is putting on hold a plan to set up liquor store outlets in select grocery stores, saying it doesn't make sense to continue with the "isolated plan" as the government considers other changes to Ontario's alcohol distribution system.