Why B.C wines are hard to find in WA

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.


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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California, ANZ and Bordeaux. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”

One thought on “Why B.C wines are hard to find in WA

  1. 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!

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