Ruffino Is A Lesson In Tuscan Terroir And Mamma

Heather Wall | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Living
Heather Wall

"Storytellers connect people, reflect culture and inspire discovery through the art of storytelling," according the Storytellers of Canada: T...

LCBO Spent Over $250K Fighting Order To Stop Collecting Personal Info

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.01.2015 | Canada

The LCBO is destroying the personal information of wine, beer and spirit club members that the privacy commissioner said it was wrong to collect — but only after putting up a legal fight.

Ontario's Soviet-Era Alcohol Quotas Punish Businesses for Profitability

Aaron Binder | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Aaron Binder

"Sorry sir, we've reached our sales quota, you'll have to wait until next year to buy beer." Words from a Soviet-era dispensary or a modern day grocery store? The government announced it was building a program to allow alcohol sales outside of the traditional methods -- unfortunately, any grocer selling six-packs will only be able to sell up to a maximum quota or run the risk of additional charges for meeting consumer demand.

'Craft Beer Zones' To Appear At LCBO

CBC | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Business

The LCBO has opened its first "Craft Beer Zone" at Toronto's Summerhill store — the first of 25 planned for the province. In a statement, the ...

You're Good at Wine Tasting - You Just Don't Know it Yet.

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

Wine snobs are people who make other people feel silly about not being able to identify the right flavours in a wine or not being able to identify what region a wine comes from. If we want people to appreciate wine as a part of culture and gastronomy, then why are we acting like enjoying wine is an exclusive club?

These Wines Are Your Answer for the Dog Days of Summer

Heather Wall | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Living
Heather Wall

There's nothing like a cold, thirst quenching Riesling with racy acidity by the pool. A Sparkling wine is never wrong in a perfectly chilled flute for Sunday brunch or afternoon tea and a slightly chilled rich Chardonnay is the perfect heat busting nightcap.

Ontario Is in the Middle of a Booze Revolution

Aaron Binder | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada Business
Aaron Binder

In a landmark legal filing, Jesse Razaqpur and Charles Benoit, owners of the Toronto Distillery Company, have sued the LCBO over what they claim is the unfair practice of enforcing distillers to sell their product for the same price as at LCBO retail stores and then pay the same markup amount in tax to the LCBO. It goes without saying that this court case could hold sweeping consequences for the LCBO should the Ontario Superior Court rule in favour of the Toronto Distillery and other, larger distillers begin to seek similar legal action.

LCBO Hauls In $5 Billion As Ontarians Buy More Booze Than Ever

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Ontarians bought more booze in the previous fiscal year than ever before, with sales at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario topping $5 billi...

Ontario's Craft Distillers Complain Of Prohibition-Era Laws

CP | Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Ontario craft distillers say they feel they're being unfairly singled out by Prohibition-era laws that don't apply to their fellow beer and ...

Ontario Needs to Allow Competition for its Alcohol Industry to Prosper

Aaron Binder | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada Business
Aaron Binder

The Ontario Liberal government's recent announcement to allow beer sales in grocery stores and craft brewer membership to The Beer Store's executive board is a first step to actually repealing prohibitive practices from production to distribution to consumer rights. But from the production to the sales process, Ontario liquor laws are antiquated as the ideals that formed them. This prohibition won't end in earnest until the playing field is leveled and competition, real competition, is allowed in Ontario.

WATCH: How Do You Buy Booze In Canada? Let Us Count The Ways

Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada

Ontario announced some changes to the way they will allow people to buy beer on Thursday. In a big change, the province will allow beer to be sold in...

Ontario To Hike Taxes On Beer

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO -- Ontario's Liberal government plans to hike the tax on beer and sell a majority stake in Hydro One, a huge transmission utility, to raise ab...

Wine Suggestions For a Hoppy Easter

Heather Wall | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Living
Heather Wall

Easter long weekend with a new VINTAGES release hopping in to your local LCBO on April 4th. Our family and friends will gather around Easter feasts and no matter what is on offer -- turkey, ham, lamb, Prime Rib or fish -- VINTAGES has plenty of wine for a hippity-hoppity Happy Easter.

Ontario's Booze Plans Unfair, Could Mean Violence Against Women: Critics

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Business

The Ontario Liberal government’s plan to liberalize the selling of beer and wine hasn’t even been officially announced, but it’s already being d...

Ontario To Auction Off Licences To Sell Beer, Wine In Supermarkets

Toronto Star | Posted 03.14.2015 | Canada Business

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government will auction off licences to sell beer and wine in about 300 supermarkets with no single grocer allowed to buy m...

Coming Soon To An Ontario Supermarket Near You: Beer And Wine

The Huffington Post Canada | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Business

It's something that Ontarians have been thirsting for: the ability to purchase alcohol from places other than the LCBO and The Beer Store (also The Wi...

Ontario Freezes Plan To Put Liquor Stores In Supermarkets

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Ontario is putting on hold a plan to set up liquor store outlets in select grocery stores.Premier Kathleen Wynne says it doesn't make sense ...

Wynne Vows Action On Secret LCBO-Beer Store Deal

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - The relationship between the foreign-owned Beer Store consortium and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario looks unfair and will "absolutely" ...

$1.4-Billion Lawsuit Launched Over Secret LCBO-Beer Store Deal

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada Business

A Burlington, Ont., pub owner has launched a class-action lawsuit over a secretive deal between the province’s monopoly liquor retailer and its mono...

New VINTAGES Wine Suggestions For Happier Holidays

Heather Wall | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Living
Heather Wall

My love affair with Cava continues. Pale lemon green with lots of tiny persistent bubbles. The nose is clean and offers green apple, lemon, lemon zest, biscuit, pear. The palate is dry with lively acidity and noted baked bread. The length is medium on a crisp palate cleansing finish. Not overly complex but good quality and the price is right!

Secret LCBO-Beer Store Deal Has Industry Up In Arms

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A national restaurant group is asking the Competition Bureau to launch an official investigation into a non-compete deal between the Liquor ...

The Beer Store's Secret Sweetheart Deal With LCBO Revealed

The Toronto Star | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Business

Thanks to a whistleblower, we now have the secret details of how Ontarians are being hosed by The Beer Store with the wilful involvement of elected of...

Ontarians Could See Big Changes To How They Buy Booze

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Ontario consumers could see major changes to the way beer, wine and spirits are sold if the Liberal government adopts the recommendations of...

New at Vintages in November

Heather Wall | Posted 01.10.2015 | Canada Living
Heather Wall

The VINTAGES section of your local LCBO may be a bit of a mystery to you. The name itself suggests "Wine Snobs Only Please." Yes, VINTAGES is classed as the fine wine and premium spirits business of the LCBO, but excellent value limited quantity wines can be found if you venture inside.

It's Time for Ontario to Liberate Local Beer

Mike Schreiner | Posted 12.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

It's time for Ontario to liberate local beer. It makes no sense to persist in enabling big beer to have an unfair advantage over our homegrown craft breweries.