Dan Albas has introduced a private member’s bill to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act to allow direct-to-consumer sales of out-of-province beer, wine and distilled spirits.
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MP Dan Albas is at it again.
Like many Canadian wine drinkers, he is fed up with provincial liquor laws that prevent us from buying wine, beer and spirits directly from beverage producers located in other parts of the country. Few businesses are more powerful than provincial liquor monopolies addicted to the power and income they generate while working in a zero-competition zone. Any hope of them allowing free trade across Canada’s borders after a hundred years of free rein is highly unlikely.
To that end, Albas has introduced a private member’s bill to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act to allow direct-to-consumer sales of out-of-province beer, wine and distilled spirits. The bill plans to circumvent the monopolies and their self-serving interprovincial trade barriers that, if successful, could give struggling vintners, craft brewers and distillers direct access to consumers via Canada Post. Stay tuned for an update.
What’s in a name, well apparently a lot according to B.C. wine’s former marketing arm, the British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI), now known as Wine Growers British Columbia (WGBC). Miles Prodan, its president and CEO, says, “Repositioning the organization as Wine Growers British Columbia is a significant step in keeping our industry moving forward and better reflects the B.C. wine industry as part of a complex value-added agri-food chain and not simply a beverage alcohol product.”
Wine Growers British Columbia represents about two-thirds of all licensed wineries and some 95 per cent of all grape wine produced across all nine B.C. wine-growing regions.
Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Stevens Block Old Main Road Vineyard 2019, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
$28.00 I 92/100
Old Main Road Vineyard sits on a Naramata Bench terrace in central Okanagan Valley. Stevens Block comes off a steep slope on one of four acres yielding a particular cool style that lights it up on the palate. Tight and high-strung, it has a rush of freshness that tempers its chalky, leesy textures. There is a small but important touch of reduction with creamy pear and lemon everywhere before a spicy lingering finish. If we have one complaint, this wine leaves the winery way too soon, meaning it is drunk too soon. You will have to join the wine club to buy this one, but it is worth it.
Tenuta Luce La Vite Lucente Sangiovese – Merlot 2018, Tuscany, Italy
$35.99 I 90/100
Lucente is the second wine at Luce, but it’s hardly a second wine. It is also a merlot/sangiovese blend that is stainless steel fermented and aged 12 months in a mix of new and aged French oak barrels. 2018 is an expressive, pure-fruited wine with a bright future. Blackberries and plums line the palate with a light vanilla toasted oak finish. The organically grown fruit is perfectly right, the textures smooth, and the finish long and persistent. Best now with grilled meat.