Wine Without Borders
December 13, 2010
I can’t tell you the number of times we meet customers who, having visited wine makers in Ontario, British Columbia, even Nova Scotia or fruit wine makers in Quebec, want to rekindle some happy memories and buy some of their wine at La Boutique. Most of the time we have to disappoint. So many of Canada’s great wine makers produce in such small volumes that they sell it all out the front door, or to local restaurants.
One hears “urban legends” of individuals phoning wineries, or contacting them by email, and taking delivery from one or another of the famous parcel services. But this is rare, and, apparently, illegal. But, there is hope.
A Conservative backbench member of Parliament, Ron Cannan (Kelowna-Lake Country) has introduced a private member’s bill to amend the 1928 Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act, to make it legal for wineries to ship to private individuals for personal use. Private members’ bills rarely succeed. However, this comes from the government side, so we may have some hope that this blow against inter-provincial trade barriers may prevail against resistance from provincial liquor boards.