Ontario wine farmers markets

Local wine is coming to a farmers' market near you

You'll soon be able to buy Ontario wine at farmers' markets in Toronto (and beyond). Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that all Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wines will be legal for sale alongside local produce, giving Ontario grapes a new hand up, and making our lives about a billion times better. Wynne went on to try to ease the worries of -- okay, I'm not sure who -- by reassuring us the wine will be sold with the utmost "social responsibility." The Mayor of Toronto smokes crack, but Ontario vinters will be on the level. Sounds about right.

Kidding aside, the news represents a significant loosening of liquor laws in Ontario. While it isn't the long hoped for news (at least for some) that booze will be available in convenience and grocery stores, it's definitely a step in the right direction for those of us who question the LCBO's near complete control of booze sales.

This decision is at least somewhat strategic (looming elections, plans to give our homegrown nectar an international push), but also makes sense as a middle ground - the conservatives have hinted at making wine and beer more widely available but don't have the power to do so -- yet. What matters is soon you can grab a bottle of red while browsing bell peppers and homemade jam, meaning summer could be amped-up this year. It's yet to be seen if this means drinking in Trinity Bellwoods will soon get easier.


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