May 13, 2015: Winery Restaurants and Wine Country Cuisine

HERE’S HOW THE CHAT WENT:

Winery Restaurants and Wine Country Cuisine

There are 45 winery restaurants in BC out of a total of 230 wineries. By contrast there are less than 10 in over 3,600 total wineries. That is an amazing stat! Why is this? Does BC have an advantage over other regions?

November 27, 2013: Open Forum

Open Forum 

This week’s chat is what is technically referred to a “a free for all”.  On your mind?  Let’s talk about it!  Have a gripe, an “atta boy/girl” or a suggestion? Tonight’s your night on #BCWineChat

November 28, 2012 8-9pm: Best BC Restaurant for BC Wine

HERE’S HOW THE CHAT WENT:

Best BC Restaurant for BC Wine

We are lucky to live in an area of Canada where BC wine is so heavily supported by its restaurants.  Do you have a favourite place to eat that supports BC wine?  Is there a restaurant list out there that is head and shoulders above others when it comes to BC wine selection?  Maybe there’s a tiny, nearby place you eat at that has a great, quirky selection of BC wines.  Is there a place that presents BC wine best because of its setting?  Its service?  Its selection?

This week we’re talking up the places that show BC wines the best–restaurants in BC and their wine lists.

September 19, 2012: BC Winery Restaurants

HERE’S HOW THE CHAT WENT:

BC’S WINERY RESTAURANTS 

BC has approximately 20 winery restaurants.  That is a tremendous number of winery-owned restaurants for an industry with only 209 wineries.  Find out about the marriage of food and wine on the site where the wines are made.  Where are these restaurants?  What kind of food do they serve?  Are they open year round or only in the summer?  Do they serve other wines than their own?  Why have so many wineries opted to go into the restaurant business and what are your favourites?

We’ll introduce you to where you can find them in BC as well as some of the challenges that face BC’s winery restaurants…many are not considered to be a “real restaurant” by the Agricultural Land Reserve who allows them to exist.  For example, many winery restaurants are not allowed to serve even locally crafted beers or spirits because they do not have food primary license.  They are also not part of the new changes to the corkage laws we saw enacted this summer.

Pull up a glass of BC wine and take part in the chat!

May 23 8-9pm PST: Corkage (Bring Your Own Bottle of Wine) to BC Restaurants

HERE’S HOW THE CHAT WENT:

CORKAGE (BRING YOUR OWN BOTTLE OF WINE) TO BC RESTAURANTS

In 2003 Alberta relaxed its liquor laws to allow for corkage–the ability for patrons to bring their own bottle of wine to participating restaurants, pay a pre-set corkage fee and open at their meal.  The following conditions apply (according to Alberta Gaming Liquor Control)

  • The licensee must post a schedule of corkage fees
  • The patron must hand over the wine to licensee staff immediately upon entering the premises
  • Licensee staff are responsible to bring the wine to the patron’s table, and to open and serve the wine.

When requested, all licensees are obligated to recork partially consumed bottles to be taken home by the customer. (Liquor Licensee Handbook 5.3.15 b).

A Wine Spectator survey in early 2011 showed that 25 of the 50 states in the US allowed for corkage–including our neighboring West Coast states of Washington, Oregon and California.

Why does British Columbia not allow for Corkage (or Bring Your Own Bottle of Wine) at BC restaurants yet?  What are the concerns from restaurants?  How have these concerns been addressed in other jurisdictions? Would allowing corkage help the wine culture in BC?

Join the chat on Wednesday for a certain fast-paced discussion.