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Old 07-13-2019, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I pass an LCBO in Ontario that has a cemetery next to it. The way it's laid out, it looks as though the cemetery is on the front lawn of the LCBO. I stopped there once to pick up wine, and I took a picture and sent it to an alcoholic relative in recovery. She found it sickly amusing.
Ha, ha. I like your slightly " sick " sense of humour.
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Ha, ha. I like your slightly " sick " sense of humour.
Hey, I've got a brother and a best friend in the cemetery, a ruined marriage, and a kid who just barely dodged joining my brother and best friend, all because of alcohol and/or drugs. Sometimes, ya gotta laugh to keep from crying.

Some of those Niagara wines are pretty decent, and Ontario has some great craft beer. Muskoka makes a stout I particularly like.
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Old 07-13-2019, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Hey, I've got a brother and a best friend in the cemetery, a ruined marriage, and a kid who just barely dodged joining my brother and best friend, all because of alcohol and/or drugs. Sometimes, ya gotta laugh to keep from crying.

Some of those Niagara wines are pretty decent, and Ontario has some great craft beer. Muskoka makes a stout I particularly like.
When you come to BC you must go to the Okanagan Valley in summer, the largest wine region in BC. It reminds me a bit of California. Some great wines coming out of there.

Because of Canada's silly inter-provincial laws regarding alcohol, many Ontario wines are under represented here, and same for many of BC wines being under represented in the rest of Canada. That is apparently changing?? I can find a rather obscure wine from another country, usually before I can find a good Ontario one. Like I said, silly.

This video is a bit long ( and only the 1st in a series ) and is for someone who want to know ALL about the areas wine growing business...but the first 10 minutes or so give you an idea of the area.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKeCteNCOao



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Old Yesterday, 08:17 PM
 
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I pass an LCBO in Ontario that has a cemetery next to it. The way it's laid out, it looks as though the cemetery is on the front lawn of the LCBO. I stopped there once to pick up wine, and I took a picture and sent it to an alcoholic relative in recovery. She found it sickly amusing.
The location saves time between the grave side service and the funeral reception.
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Old Yesterday, 08:21 PM
 
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When you come to BC you must go to the Okanagan Valley in summer, the largest wine region in BC. It reminds me a bit of California. Some great wines coming out of there.

Because of Canada's silly inter-provincial laws regarding alcohol, many Ontario wines are under represented here, and same for many of BC wines being under represented in the rest of Canada. That is apparently changing?? I can find a rather obscure wine from another country, usually before I can find a good Ontario one. Like I said, silly.

This video is a bit long ( and only the 1st in a series ) and is for someone who want to know ALL about the areas wine growing business...but the first 10 minutes or so give you an idea of the area.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKeCteNCOao


BC wines have come a long ways since the 60s when a bottle of Kelowna sold for $3.75 for a half gallon. I can still see and smell it but can't remember it's name.
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Old Yesterday, 09:35 PM
 
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BC wines have come a long ways since the 60s when a bottle of Kelowna sold for $3.75 for a half gallon. I can still see and smell it but can't remember it's name.

It was probably Calona, which is now owned by Peller Estates since 2005. Calona Vineyards

Calona Winery was B.C.'s original winery established in 1932. I remember it well - sweet, blood red, very strong stuff with a high alcohol content. Calona has come a long way since way back then, with several other wines and has become an award winner.

In the 60's we could get a 1 gallon jug of Calona for $6.50. The big glass jugs were an extra bonus for local moonshiners and bootleggers to reuse and bottle up their own home made products.

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Old Today, 12:39 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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BC wines have come a long ways since the 60s when a bottle of Kelowna sold for $3.75 for a half gallon. I can still see and smell it but can't remember it's name.
Tell me about it. When I was of drinking age, BC wines were a joke. It has come so far, that certain stores here in the Lower Mainland only sell BC wines, and get wine enthusiasts who are intrigued, going away pretty happy.

Our production is low, compared to Australia, and other regions, that the world has yet to discover what is happening here.

It isn't that Colona jug with the handle anymore.
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