There was great news today at the Benjamin Bridge Winery in Nova Scotia’s Gaspereau Valley. Representatives of seven of the province’s 15 wineries were on hand to hear Finance Minister, Diana Whalen, announce that as of today the provincial barriers to importation of Canadian wines into the province have been removed.
Bluenose wine lovers have been emancipated. It is now possible for Nova Scotians to legally important any wine produced in Canada without having to go through the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. Wines can be ordered directly from the winery and delivered right to an individual’s door so long as it is for personal use and not resale. Conversely, Nova Scotian wines can be sold direct-to-the-consumer in other provinces.
To celebrate, FedEx delivered a case of Noble Ridge sparkling wines from British Columbia so those attending the event could toast the freedom of taste. Nova Scotia sent eleven bottles (no one explained why 11 and not 12) of Tidal Bay to British Columbia where a similar announcement will be made this afternoon (evening in Nova Scotia).
As of today only Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Manitoba allow direct importation of wine from other parts of Canada.