Canadians love their wine. So much so, we're not only among one of the fastest growing wine consumers globally1, we're fundamentally changing an industry centuries in the making as wine continues to become a key part of our lifestyle.
This major shift in agriculture came about after the federal government eliminated the tobacco farmers' quota system as consumer demand waned, a blow that was softened through Tobacco Transition Program grants in 2008, funded by fines paid by tobacco companies for smuggling offences.
With this year's conditions cooler and dryer than the banner year of 2012, Niagara's grape crop needs to stay on the vine a bit longer to reach full maturity, say researchers at Brock University's Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute.
More BC Liquor Stores will soon carry refrigerated beer and wine. The pilot project is part of Victoria's ongoing review of provincial liquor laws and will bring walk-in coolers to seven government retailers this fall.
Canada's 500 wineries pay $1.2 billion annually in provincial and federal government taxes and liquor board mark-up, so to state that these mainly small, family-owned rural businesses are looking for a "free ride," goes beyond outrageous.
A small First Nations village in northwestern B.C. is divided over plans to open the first beer and wine store in the community. The village government in New Aiyansh plans to establish a licensed, legal counter at the local gas station.
Like a Canadian star who had to make it big elsewhere before their career took off in Canada, Ontario's wine industry needs to export more of its wines around the world, says a professor who has done a five-year marketing study on the wine industry.
Using the Zagat database, the company attempted to examine the factors that caused for selections of wine. There were parallels between the study within British Columbia, including the increased interest in local foods among consumers.
Starting today, letters are going to go out to major stakeholders asking for ideas, and in September, residents will be asked for their input to improve what the Ministry of Justice calls "B.C.'s outdated and inefficient liquor laws."
The oppressive clout wielded by our provincial liquor boards claimed another victim in the Canadian wine industry at the recent premiers' meeting known as the Council of the Federation. At issue is a jurisdictional squabble that reaches beyond the issue of permitting the inter-provincial shipments of wine. The bigger picture is lost in the headlines.