Today is Canadian Wine Day! Did you know that? There’s more to Canada than hockey, maple syrup and Céline Dion – and I’ll pretend I didn’t hear “Justin Bieber”!

 

Janet Dorozynski

If I’m not mistaken, Janet Dorozynski was the one who proclaimed the 28th of June Canadian Wine Day, in 2013. Who is she, you ask? Well, this lady has got a long CV…she’s been working with the Canadian and International wine industry for more than 20 years now. To name a few things, she’s a Trade Commissioner and analyst at Global Affairs Canada, she holds the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Diploma in Wine and Spirits and is also an accredited educator for WSET. If you want to learn more about Ms. Dorozynski, you can check her profile here.

 

Bill C-311

The date has not been chosen randomly, though. 28 June 2013 was the first Canadian Wine Day and it marked the 1st year anniversary of the passage of Bill C-311. This act, proposed by Dan Albas in the House of Commons, basically allows provinces to set their own regulations for trading wine, without any rules imposed by the federal government. Wineries are/would be then allowed to ship their wines directly to the final customers – as long as it’s for personal use. It amended the “Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act” (1928), that didn’t allow wine to be shipped across provincial borders, which was considered a federal crime.

 

Free my Grapes

Bill C-311 hasn’t produced its full effects yet. At the moment, only the residents of British Columbia and Manitoba are allowed to have wines from anywhere in Canada shipped directly to their cosy homes. If you want to be updated on this matter, as the situation evolves, you can check the Free my Grapes website.

FREE MY GRAPES IS A VOLUNTEER BASED, NON-PROFIT ESTABLISHED BY WINE LOVERS WHO BELIEVE THAT CANADA PRODUCES GREAT WINE. UNFORTUNATELY, WE CANNOT FIND MANY CANADIAN WINES AT OUR LOCAL LIQUOR STORES. CURRENT CANADIAN LAWS LIMIT THE VARIETY OF CANADIAN WINES EASILY AVAILABLE TO CANADIAN CONSUMERS, ENCOURAGING US TO BUY FOREIGN WINE. THIS HARMS CANADIAN BUSINESSES AND JOBS BY HANDCUFFING THE GROWTH OF CANADIAN WINERIES, DISCOURAGES WINE TOURISM, AND PUNISHES CANADIANS WHO WISH TO BUY OUR OWN WINES.

The Canadian Wine Day reminds us that Canadian wine should be set free and that Canadians should be allowed to drink their own wine, no matter where they live. I propose a toast to Canada, to its nice wine and to the Free My Grapes project. Will you do the same today?