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An EPIC project to celebrate 150 years of Canadian wine

Story and photos by Gary Killops

Long before it ever became known as the designated wine region “Lake Erie North Shore,” there was an interesting history of winemaking in Windsor — Essex. Continue reading

CanadaWINE150: A tip of the hat to the pioneers, the risk takers and visionaries in the Canadian wine industry

By Lydia Tomek

Being Canadian is something that I am so proud of.  My parents each immigrated here with nothing but the shirt on their backs and a big dream. Continue reading

The Wine Wire: Giving the boot to ICB wines, new head of WGAO, nominate a VQA promoter and Niagara releases at Vintages

Canada wine

By Rick VanSickle

The long — and often painful — road to respectability for Canadian wines (from grapes grown by our farmers and bottled by Canadian wineries with no imported juice) has taken many twists and turns over its relatively young history. Continue reading

One giant step toward free-flowing cross-border Canadian wine for consumers


Note: issued this press release today on MP Dan Albas’ private members bill that was introduced in parliament to enable to free flow of wine between provincial borders. Here is the release:, on behalf of wine lovers across Canada, congratulates Dan Albas, a new Member of Parliament (MP) representing BC’s Okanagan-Coquihalla riding, for tabling Private Members Bill An Act to amend the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (interprovincial importation of wine for personal use).

This bill will amend the 1928 statute, Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (IILA) by providing for a personal exemption for the shipment of wine for personal consumption between provinces.  Most importantly, this exemption includes both personally accompanied wine and wine ordered by phone, online or through a wine club. is campaign of the Alliance of Canadian Wine Consumers – a grassroots, non-partisan, non-profit organization.  Established in November 2010, has worked to raise awareness of the need to amend the archaic 1928 law that makes it a criminal offense to Canadian citizens to ship alcohol between provinces.

The summer of 2011 saw a step forward with many provincial/territorial liquor boards stating that they allowed ‘importation’ of largely varying amounts of wine into their territory as long as it was personally accompanied. None, however, allow for any phone, online or wine club orders.

It’s time the law was brought into the 21st century.  This bill is a major step forward in our campaign to let Canadians buy more Canadian wine.

It is important that wine lovers across Canada write, email or phone their MPs to let them know they need to support this bill.  Sample letters and MP contact information can be found on our website at FreeMyGrapes.

For more information contact:

Shirley-Ann George, President, Alliance of Canadian Wine Consumers

C: 613 293-8487

Dan Albas, Member of Parliament, Okanagan-Coquihalla

P: 613-995-1702

How the wine industry got started in Canada and the men who dared to dream

Niagara Escarpment - Fielding

As you sit back and savour every last drop of that creamy chardonnay from the Niagara Peninsula, that pinot blanc dripping in fruit from the Okanagan Valley or that silky smooth Canadian pinot noir, save a bit to toast those who dared to dream that it was possible to make world class wines in this country. Continue reading

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