Why B.C wines are hard to find in WA

10:29 am Wine

As regular readers know, I moved to the U.S. more than a decade ago from my hometown of Vancouver, B.C. That’s where I first learned about wine before moving to California and Oregon, and then making my home in the Seattle area.

My hometown newspaper, The Vancouver Sun, frequently answers my burning questions about local wine. And now The Seattle Times is doing the same – recently responding to Why British Columbia wines can be hard to find in Washington.

The short answer: B.C. wineries produce a limited amount of wine, and the B.C. government’s Liquor Control Board (LCB) process is time-consuming, costly and complicated. So most B.C. wineries sell their labels at their tasting rooms or through LCB stores rather than sell retail across the border (or as we used to call it in Vancouver, “across the line”).

For more information, read the full article by clicking on the above link.

Cheers!

One Response
  1. Joe :

    Date: September 10, 2008 @ 7:44 pm

    Supply and demand are hard to fight – BC winery production is small, thirsty local crowd. Same goes for Niagara wine, rarely seen outside of Ontario (except for the ice wine). Ditto for Long Island, Finger Lakes, even old world places – Swiss wine gets gobbled up by the locals, little gets out. I have the following quote on my site: “The best wine comes from home, wherever it is.” (Kirk Douglas, in the film “Spartacus”) – I think everyone in the world feels that way. Cheers!