While perusing the local British Columbia liquor stores you may have noticed the “B.C. Wine” section gradually growing in size and selection. Although this may seem like a good thing on the surface for wine drinkers and wine growers, Simon Fraser University political science Professor Andy Hira begs to differ.
Wineries in B.C. have been continuously growing since 1992, when the NAFTA trade agreement between Canada, the USA and Mexico was established. This agreement gradually eliminated most trade barriers between the three countries, therefore allowing the wine industry to not only flourish in Canada but other countries as well. Until now, that is.
In a study entitled “The Wine Industry in British Columbia: A Closed Wine but Ready for Harvest,” Hira dives into the complicated workings of the wine industry and whether or not it is fated to succeed in B.C. Much to my dismay, . . . → Read More: SFU Report on The Fate of the Wine Industry in Beautiful British Columbia