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Wine won't be sold in Toronto supermarkets this year

While beer is scheduled to hit grocery store shelves in Toronto and the rest of the province by December, new regulations for the sale of wine continue to lag behind.

Premier Kathleen Wynne's top business advisor Ed Clark had already foregrounded a delay in overhauling provincial wine regulations, but apparently the process is even more complicated than the former president of TD Bank had initially envisioned.

A report in the Toronto Star indicates that Clark's recommendations for changes to wine sales in Ontario won't be complete until November, which would mean that it's unlikely wine would get onto grocery store shelves until mid 2016 or later.

Trade regulations are one of the chief obstacles delaying reform of wine sales, which means it's still unclear what exactly will happen to the existing 268 licences to sell Canadian wine outside of the LCBO. The chance still exists that some (if not many) will be repurposed to highlight Ontario wineries producing VQA-designated wine, but that's not a sure bet at present.


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