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The film that the LCBO and The Beer Store don’t want you to see: Straight Up delves into Ontario’s most curious booze monopolies. WATCH THE FULL FILM HERE

captureStraight Up is a film about the curious case of alcohol retail and distribution in Ontario directed and produced by two former Blackberry employees, Peter Lenardon and A.J. Wykes, who decided to do something about it or at least bring the issue to the forefront in a feature film documentary. You can watch the hour and 15-minute film here as it makes its debut today. Continue reading

A ‘Hip’ new wine from Stoney Ridge, Legislature picks 2015 VQA wines, dine/sip with the King of Riesling, Stuart Pigott … lots of wine news

STONEY RIDGE ESTATE WINERY - The Tragically Hip Release LimitedThe Tragically Hip and Stoney Ridge have teamed up for a VQA red wine that was released Monday and the Ontario legislature has announced its VQA wines for coming year. Continue reading

Straight Up talk about a new film on the woeful state of alcohol retail and distribution in Ontario (movie released here next Thursday)

captureSo much has been written and said about the archaic booze laws in Ontario that it’s hard to believe we still live under the dark, menacing shadow of two massive monopolies — the LCBO and The Beer Store. Continue reading

Can this man take the Ontario wine industry to the next level? Meet Richard Linley, the new boss of the Ontario Wine Council

Richard Linley Photo - WCOIf the Ontario wine industry is going to move forward its success rests largely on the shoulders of Richard Linley, the newly hired president of the Ontario Wine Council.
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The Okanagan Crush Pad’s ‘wild’ adventure: A breathtaking new property to take their Haywire brand to a new level

flowersSUMMERLAND, B.C. — It is simply breathtaking, a stunning swath of wind-swept land as we look down the throat of the Garnet Valley from the highest point of the property on a perfect spring day. Wild flowers — from purple lupines to a riot of colours from daisies, fireweed and wild mustard— swing in the breeze, a breeze that never stands still. Horses with riders trundle on by, and everywhere, evidence of deer, coyotes, rabbits, rattlesnakes and marmots add to the natural cycle of life. Continue reading