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Magazine Archives: Oct. 31, 2009

Protest Mounts Over “Cellared in Canada” Wines

Konrad Ejbich
Issue: October 31, 2009

It's a longstanding quirk of Canadian wine law: "Cellared in Canada." Several provinces allow wineries to import bulk wine (popular sources today are Argentina and Chile), bottle it, and call it Canadian, as long as the back label contains those three magic words. In the country's two biggest wine regions, Ontario law requires such wines to contain 30 percent local grapes, while British Columbia law requires no Canadian grapes. But Ontario's growing boutique-wine industry is calling for a ban on Cellared wines, arguing that Canadian should mean Canadian.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands October 6, 2009.

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