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01/27/15

"Wine Institute requests that the initiative be withdrawn or modified to allow for equal access of all wines at B.C. grocery stores."

01/23/15

Government is feverishly working to alter its formerly sacred legislation permitting the movement of licences from around the province to allow grocery stores to acquire or engage in partnerships with those who have licences to somehow make the grocery store model work. They could have issued grocery store licences, but that would have made too much sense.

01/23/15

The major breweries' political donations are small beer when it comes to influencing the future of the private Beer Store monopoly, warns Premier Kathleen Wynne.

01/22/15

As part of its activities at Unified, Renaissance Yeast will be offering free trial sample packs of its Vivace and Andante hydrogen sulfide (H2S)-preventing wine yeasts to Unified attendees. All the company's yeasts are naturally developed and non-GMO.

01/22/15

A former notary public in British Columbia has been fined $33-million after a hearing panel concluded she conducted a $100-million Ponzi scheme fraud involving false claims about raising financing for a high-end local winery.

01/22/15

t will proceed with its previously announced plans to permit inter-provincial DTC shipment of wine to consumers in that province

01/20/15

With an attendance over 15,000, the London Wine and Food Show moves into a new threshold and will help attract international exhibitors to take part in events in the District.

01/20/15

As recently as a few months ago, it was hard to imagine anything successfully smashing through the status quo of Ontario's liquor retail regime. But things are suddenly looking up. Chris Selley and NOW's Jonathan Goldsbie discuss the sudden and potentially seismic shift in public sentiment.

01/09/15

The events kick off on Jan. 9 at the Niagara Fallsview Casino that will play host to the first Icewine Festival that started it all in 1995, the Niagara Icewine Festival Xerox Gala. Wine enthusiasts, foodies, and music lovers unite to experience several Icewine related events, from formals, to outdoor Ice village settings, intimate winery settings, and vineyards covered in a winter wonderland.

01/09/15

The first grapes picked in 2015 were from last year's vintage but, for Ontario's ice wine makers, it's worth the wait.

01/09/15

Making it easier for Ontarians to buy booze is popular and makes more money for the government, but it'll probably kill some people. Ottawa's top public-health doctor is frustrated that nobody talks about the second part. It never comes up when the province boasts about letting wine be sold at farmers' markets, or promoting craft breweries.

01/08/15

The latest obstacle is a shake-up in B.C. liquor regulation that will see a new markup structure kick in April 1.The new markup structure will establish a single wholesale price for all retailers and see the per-liter markup shift to 89% on the first $11.75 of value and 67% on any additional value.

01/08/15

"The wind is pretty brutal, but it's rare we get to do this during the day," Paul Speck, president of Henry of Pelham, said Monday afternoon just hours after the winery started to haul in its estimated 150 tonnes of reisling, cabernet franc and vidal grapes. "We're going to go around the clock to get this done."

01/07/15

Jamie Slingerland of Pillitteri Estates Winery has been harvesting frozen grapes in his Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyards for 16 hours straight: "This is the week to do ice wine and think everybody's going to get their ice wine wrapped up this week."

01/07/15

What I think it means is that provincial liquor boards require a certain percentage of Canadian wine to be used in this category of wine. That the LCBO website lacks transparency to advise us what this category is sends shark attack flags to be raised on my beach.

01/07/15

As B.C.'s first winter storm of the year continues to plow through the province, the snow has piled up in the Okanagan, prompting Twitter users to hashtag the wine-growing region #Snowkanagan instead. The storm hit the southern interior Sunday night, and is expected to bring more snow and possible freezing rain west of the valley on Tuesday.

01/07/15

The site released its '20 Best Places to Visit in Canada in 2015' list with travel journalists naming Toronto as the place to visit this year.

12/29/14

Twenty-seven per cent in new Forum Research poll say shopping experience tanks

12/29/14

How do three giant multinational brewers maintain their monopolistic stranglehold over retailing in perhaps the most profitable beer market in the western world?

12/29/14

Production in Ontario alone more than doubled since 2004

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