New at Vintages in November

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.
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Raise A Glass To Fine Ontario Wines

Today, viticulture is thriving in Ontario, with more than 180 wineries responsible for just over 70 per cent of total Canadian wine production, contributing an estimated $3.3 billion to the province's economy in 2011, many thousands of direct and indirect jobs, as well as $644 million in tourism and tourism employment, according to the Ontario Winery and Grower Alliance of Ontario.

Competition Bureau Eyeing The Beer Store

The federal Competition Bureau says it is studying the differences in the beer industry in Quebec and in Ontario, casting an eye on Ontario’s big-brewer-owned Beer Store. A spokesman for the Competiti...
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Mac's vs. LCBO

TORONTO - Mac's Convenience Stores Inc. is promising to invest $54 million dollars to build 27 new convenience stores in Ontario if it is granted the right to sell alcohol in Ontario."(The new stores)...

Feds Get 49 Per Cent Discount On Booze

OTTAWA - Ontario's liquor board has sweetened an already sweet deal for the federal government and foreign diplomats as it chops the prices they pay for beer, wine and booze almost in half.Late last m...

Death to the LCBO

Canadian-style liquor store setups are exceedingly rare. There are almost no countries that require you to purchase spirits in the manner that we are accustomed to. In Communist China, it's a free-for-all. Almost nobody does it like we do, Canada. We're an outlier. We're a weirdo.

Will an LCBO Strike Spark a Private Party?

The looming LCBO strike threat has suddenly gotten all sorts of Ontarians anxious about a potentially dry next few days (or weeks). LCBO workers, who are represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), voted 95 per cent in favour of striking, and the deadline is approaching. Yet a strike is in no one's best interests. Now, this entire scenario would change if the availability of alcohol were to be completely diminished. This inconvenience may cause citizens to want an alternative to the LCBO in the event it is rendered incapable by a strike.
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TORONTO -- The Liquor Control Board of Ontario has reached a tentative agreement with its workers, just hours ahead of a midnight strike deadline. LCBO spokeswoman Heather McGregor says the tentative...

Better Stock Up Now, Ontario

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario is encouraging people to stock up early for the first holiday weekend of the summer as unionized employees prepare to walk off the job. "Customers entertaining [Vi...

Ontario May Go Dry On May 17

TORONTO - Unionized employees of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario say they're prepared to walk off the job next month if they can't reach a fair contract with the retail giant.The Ontario Public Se...

Ontario Grocers Get Their Drink On

TORONTO - Ontario's Liberal government moved Monday to counter a Progressive Conservative proposal to allow corner stores to sell alcohol by announcing a pilot project to sell liquor and wine in 10 gr...

A Win(e)-Win(e) Solution for the LCBO

Political leaders are again debating what to do with the LCBO. Some want to privatize it. Some want to retain the status quo. Rather than rely on the yearly profits from a single corporation, the government should auction off the right to operate alcohol wholesale operations and retail stores to the highest bidder. This would not be a full privatization, but effectively a franchising.

Will B.C. Wine Laws Intoxicate Ontario?

Each time we go to our favourite wine shop in B.C., we'd leave a little bit exhilarated and a little bit saddened. Consoling ourselves over a bottle of a new found gem, we would fantasize about the wine shop we would run back home in Ontario if given the chance, and wonder aloud if our province would ever get with the program as BC had? Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when the Wine Council of Ontario invited us to a briefing to discuss that very possibility. For the last few years, WCO has been conducting studies on the value of opening Ontario's wine market to independent entrepreneurs. Of course, wine and alcohol can be a contentious and divisive issue.