Premiers maintain rules against shipping wine across provincial borders to consumers

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      The Canadian Vintners Association has criticized provincial premiers for maintaining "archaic prohibition-era laws" forbidding people from ordering wine online from other provinces.

      This came after the premiers chose not to lift this restriction for all provinces at their three-day meeting in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick.

      CVA president and CEO Dan Paszlowski said in a news release that there has been "more than a decade of effort" on this.

      This included a proposal to the premiers by the Alcoholic Beverages Working Group to allow legal, regulated winery-to-consumer shipments.

      In many jurisdictions, it's still illegal to join an out-of-province wine club or have wine delivered to an out-of-province residence.

      "Canadians would be shocked to learn that they could face significant fines and/or jail time for disobeying these laws," Paszlowski said.

      According to the CVA, nine out of 10 Canadians support interprovincial winery-to-consumer deliveries.

      In 2012, B.C. allowed direct-to-consumer shipments of 100 percent Canadian out-of-province wines. Manitoba and Nova Scotia also permit this. But the other provinces have not reciprocated to allow B.C.'s wine to be sent to their consumers.

      The premiers issued a news release today claiming that they're focused on accelerating the reduction in interprovincial trade barriers.

      But it made no mention of enabling Canadian consumers from coast to coast to coast to order out-of-province wines.