Ontario Investing $2.25 Million in World-Class VQA Wines Annual Wine Country Travel Guide Promoting Ontarioʼs Wine Regions

May 2, 2016 2:15 P.M.

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Ontario is investing $2.25 million to help boost sales of Ontario’s world-class Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wines and expand tourism opportunities for the province’s wine regions.

The province is launching the annual 2016 Wine Country Ontario Travel Guide to encourage tourists from across Ontario to experience and enjoy the great wines and wine regions Ontario has to offer. The guide will be available at wineries and in the summer issue of LCBO’s Food & Drink magazine on May 4th. Continue reading “Ontario Investing $2.25 Million in World-Class VQA Wines Annual Wine Country Travel Guide Promoting Ontarioʼs Wine Regions”

U.S. Wines Reign Supreme in Canada as the #1 Import Category

Sales of California Wines surpass both Italy and France

Burlington, ON– For the first time in history, United States (U.S) wine imports, – 90 per cent from California – reached $1 billion in retail sales in 2014, surpassing Italy and France for the top spot in Canada. With a record 6.1 million cases (9L cases) being sold, Canada is now the largest export market for California wines. Continue reading “U.S. Wines Reign Supreme in Canada as the #1 Import Category”

Montreal Counterfeit Wine Ring Busted

i) Police bust Montreal counterfeit wine ring

Authorities allege the ring sold some 1.8 million bottles of wine over a four-year span

May 13, 2015
by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Police have dismantled a Montreal-area contraband wine ring that is accused of taking cheap Italian wine purchased in bulk and passing it off as a finer vintage. Continue reading “Montreal Counterfeit Wine Ring Busted”

The Bottom Line on Sulfites in Wine

The Deal with Sulfites in Wine

Those little words “Contains Sulfites” on the bottom of a label often stir up concern. What’s even more confusing is that the US is one of the only countries (along with Australia) that require bottles be labeled. So what gives? How much sulfites are in wine and how do they affect you? Time to get to the bottom of sulfites in wine and how they’re not as bad as you might think. Continue reading “The Bottom Line on Sulfites in Wine”

In the News

Ontario asks what people want in the budget: The resounding answer? Booze

Allison Jones, Canadian Press | February 27, 2015

TORONTO — Ontarians have given the government a resounding answer to the question what would they like to see in the budget: booze.

Residents were invited to submit ideas online then vote on them during a public consultation period that closed Friday. The most popular idea by far is allowing private

retailers to sell beer, wine and alcohol. Premier Kathleen Wynne has indicated changes to the alcohol distribution system are coming, but selling beer in convenience stores won’t be one of them. The Liberal government tapped TD Bank CEO Ed Clark to examine the relationship between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Beer Store as part of a review of all government assets, and his recommendations are expected to come in the spring budget.

Source: http://bit.ly/1EbZt1s

Did you know?

The 164-outlet Wine Rack, owned by U.S.-based Constellation Brands, and the 104-outlet Wine Shop, owned by Canada?s Andrew Peller Ltd., are exempted from the publicly owned LCBO?s 66.5 per cent markup, instead paying a much lower tax rate of 16.1 per cent for blended wines sold on their own shelves. But, as is required by law, the two private wine chains charge the same retail price as the LCBO, which has 639 stores, for the same products, enabling them to earn higher profits on those bottles.

Source: http://on.thestar.com/1EbZaUq