November 21, 2012: Media, Reviews and Competitions


Media, Reviews and Competitions

Do you follow what the wine media say?  Do you place more importance on “traditional” wine reviews or those from bloggers? Do competition results matter to you in how you choose a wine?  We’d love to hear from consumers this week on all things wine media related.  Wineries and retailers are encouraged as well to discuss their philosophy on submissions of wines to media and competitions.

See you at 8pm on Wednesday!

November 14, 2012: #BCWineChat Meets #RoseRev


#BCWineChat Meets #RoseRev

Grab yourself a bottle of BC Rose´, or better yet, come to Oliver’s Rose´ Revolutionand tweet until you’re heart’s content.  Rose Wine Revolution is a worldwide twitter event celebrating all wines not red or white but somewhere between–and dry.

November 7, 2012 8-9pm: What is ModernizeWine?



Find out more about how to affect change for BC’s liquor laws!

Modernize Wine Association of British Columbia is advocating for a modern food and wine culture in British Columbia. The association’s board includes restaurant owners, BC winery owners, BC wine store owners, lobbyists, lawyers and wine consumers. Our goal is to modernize our liquor laws, regulations and policies.

ModernizeWine has played an integral part in pushing the following issues to the foreground:

Interprovincial Wine Shipments
Corkage Laws
Farmer’s Markets and Wineries
Charity Auctions and Private Wine Donations

Aside from any featured current issues that MWA is addressing, MWA has also identified the following issues as ones that need attention:

  1. Allow Educational Wine Tastings. Current BC liquor law and policy does not permit the sampling of wine during wine education classes (such as WSET or ISG classes).
  2. Allow Wine Orders at Tasting Events. BC wineries and wine importers often participate in wine tasting events. Although people tasting the wines may love what they are tasting, current BC liquor policy does not permit retail stores to take orders for wine at any location other than their licensed premises. This simply makes it difficult for consumers to purchase wine.
  3. Allow Secondary Tasting Rooms. BC wineries are currently only permitted to operate a single tasting room at the site of their winery. Many other jurisdictions permit secondary tasting rooms which encourages the growth of towns focused on wine tourism (e.g. Walla Walla, Woodinville, Healdsburg).
  4. Allow Off-Site Storage for Restaurants and Retail Stores. Current BC liquor policy requries that all wine and other alcohol must be stored within the licensed premises for restaurants and retailers. Off-site storage would make it much easier for stores and restaurants to manage their inventory and supply.
  5. Allow Restaurants to Purchase Wine from Private Stores. Currently, restaurants must buy all of their wine from a designated government liquor store which often has a limited selection or may be out of stock on particular products.

October 31, 2012 8-9pm: Open Mic Night on #BCWineChat


Open Mic Night on #BCWineChat

Use the hour of #BCWineChat to discuss anything you want relating to BC’s wine industry. Have you just had a great BC wine?  Tell us about it!  Do you have a gripe?  Tell us about it!  Do you have a suggestion for a future #BCWineChat?  Tell us about it!  Bored?  Tell us about it!

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