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Wine Spectator: Canada Inches Toward Wine Direct Shipping

July 31, 2012

Canadians seeking the right to order wine directly from wineries won a big victory this summer when their parliament voted to end a nearly century-old ban on direct shipping between provinces, reports Wine Spectator. But the new law has created confusion, because it puts the decision in the hands of provincial governments. While British Columbia quickly voted yes, Manitoba quietly said OK, and the rest of the provinces are still debating the issue. Ontario, which produces more wine than any other province, has yet to open its borders to direct shipping. But vintners there are optimistic that it will happen eventually, despite hesitation from the province’s liquor control board. In the interim, Ontario wineries are already shipping wine to residents of the provinces which have opened.


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