October 30, 2013: The BC Wine Authority

HERE’S HOW THE CHAT WENT:

The BC Wine Authority  

Unless you are a BC winery chances are you have never heard of the BC Wine Authority.  As its website states, it is an independent regulatory authority to which the BC government has delegated the enforcement of our wine regulations in BC.

Included in wine regulations are winery inspections, running the tasting panels for VQA wines, which varieties are allowed to carry the VQA designation, winemaking regulations (minimum brix levels, blending rules etc), prohibited additives to wine, designation of sub appellations, and various other regulations around specific products like Icewine, sparkling wine and fortified wines.

Pretty geeky stuff if you are a consumer but pretty important if you are a winery.

If you are a winery we’d love to have you join us tonight.  It will, no doubt, be a frank discussion.

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