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B.C. wineries respond to Alberta’s ban on B.C. wines with … love and kindness

B.C. wineries

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced an immediate boycott on all imports of wines from British Columbia Tuesday, in what is becoming a growing inter-provincial spat over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.

Instead of reacting with hate and opposition, a group of B.C. wineries has decided to remind everyone that they love Alberta.

Christine Coletta, owner of Okanagan Crush Pad, makers of Haywire wine, is calling for people to support their local wine industry during the month of March, while continuing to purchase Alberta products.

The idea kicks off with a walk around food and wine evening featuring B.C. wine and Alberta food at Edible Canada on Thursday, Feb. 22. Tickets, $55 are available here, and are expected to sell quickly. All proceeds will be donated to the BC Hospitality Foundation.

B.C. wine

Participating wineries include 50th Parallel Estate WineryCulmina Family Estate WineryHaywireLiquidityPainted Rock Estate WineryPoplar Grove Winery and Summerhill Pyramid Winery; as well as Mireille Sauvé with the Dames Wine project.

Winery principals will be on hand to showcase their wines and talk to guests and celebrate the gains that the industry has made over the past two decades.

Their wines will be showcased along with Alberta foods such as beef and bison, and made by Edible Canada and guest chefs.

For the past decade, farmers, wineries and food producers have worked hard to create an identity for Canadian cuisine across the country and take that message to the international world whenever possible to promote culinary tourism.

“We want everyone to see that we are better together,” says Coletta, pictured above. “We do not want to do anything that could potentially hurt farmers or small family businesses, no matter where they live. Working side by side to find solutions is ideal over political grand standing,” she said. “There are so many links and synergies between the two provinces that we need to remember and embrace.”

Edible Canada is located on Granville Island in the heart of a thriving public market. The restaurant exclusively serves Canadian cuisine using local products and offers a gourmet artisan retail store.

Owner Eric Pateman has been a tireless champion of Canada’s culinary community and is proud to be able to host the event.

 Participating wineries

 50th Parallel Estate Winery

Instagram @50thparallelwine

Twitter @ 50thparallelwin

Culmina Family Estate

Instagram @culminawinery

Twitter @CulminaWinery


Instagram & Twitter @haywirewine


Instagram & Twitter


Painted Rock Estate Winery

Instagram & Twitter @paintedrockwine

Poplar Grove Winery

Instagram @ poplargrovewinery

Twitter @poplargrovewine

Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Instagram & Twitter @summerhillwine

Dames Wine

Instagram & Twitter @lesdamesbc



  1. Thank you for sharing, Rick. My first encounter with you ?? years ago was when you lived in Alberta, and you know how much love we in BC have for our neighbours.

  2. Leeann, Rachel Notley clearly does not understand the relationship between the good people of Alberta and the good people of B.C. The constant back and forth to enjoy each other’s bounties — whether that is mountains, oceans, lakes, streams or wine, beer, salmon and beef — there is a symbiotic relationship between the two provinces. I find it despicable that a politician would exploit that for political gain, but I laud the reaction from B.C. to respond in the way that it has. I do not disagree that there are issues to be debated and fought to do with the pipeline, but this is not the way to fight it.

  3. The responses from the BC wineries and the vino lovers in Alberta and now even Quebec has been pretty fantastic. However, a lot of the comment sections on Facebook and Reddit are turning into really nasty tit-for-tat bickering that isn’t going to help relations between provinces. There’s even a vacation for Albertans only wanting to go for a BC “wine smuggling vacation” that’s a bit tongue and cheek which is quite clever.

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