Only just saw this. He talks about wine making being constrained by the culture of the people where it is made, and quotes Canada as being a country of "enforced provincialism" caused by the protectionist economic culture where a monopoly controls both availability and variety. What I find breathtaking is the smug response from someone I assume works for the LCBO.
"As always, intriguing. I do take exception to the straightjacket comment, given that the LCBO, Ontario's purchaser, was, for many years (only recently supplanted by Costco), the worlds single largest purchaser of international wines. We have spectacular access, but did endure interprovincial regulatory nuissances (you're familiar with these down there, only you call them interstate...); while this hampered "intranational" access, it helped develop palatal experience that pushed quality forward, as evidenced by your recent endorsement of a certain Prince Edward County chardonnay. Again, love your column, but I suspect you don't mind (even relish) the gentle push-backs."