Originally posted by vinoevelo:
I cant speak specifically to BC - but in Ontario there are taxes and duties on ALL wines. Ontario wines are given prominent space at all government controlled retail outlets. I don't think it gives Ontario wines a more favourable position - it gives them license to charge more for their "comparable" bottling.
That...and... ALL wine is excessively taxed in Ontario. Alcohol is managed by the provinces, not federally. Ontario wine gets the prominent merchandising, placed by the entrance. The good wine (wine likely to be purchased buy forumites) is displayed at the back of the store, but with equal prominence to all regions/countries that are significant. Ontario wines get preferential placement but I don't find the prices to be competitive in most instances, so I don't perceive any price advantage for local wine. Most good ones are over priced in my view. In terms of availability, the KGBO (government liquor monopoly) does it's best to limit our ability to choose. Even some local wines have trouble making it onto shelves, especially some very good ones.
That said, it's easier to go to a good tasting of Cali wines here in Toronto than good Ontario wines...unless you drive to Niagara and visit the wineries...