Wine

BC’s Island Wines

There are currently 50 wineries between Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, which are two separate Designated Viticultural Areas (DVA). Most of the wineries in this coastal region lie in the Cowichan Valley, 50 km from Victoria.

Vegan wine? What’s next? It seems that the trend towards a plant-based, more environmentally responsible and sustainable diet is really taking hold. When people are differentiating their alcohol based on animal husbandry issues then it must be a real thing, right?

Selling Accessories

Adding accessories to your product line will not only increase your average sale, it can attract new people into your store and offer them a better buying experience. Consider adding liquor-related items, such as flasks, decanters, glassware, non-food items used in cocktails, bottle openers, and corkscrews. Available from a wide variety of suppliers, these non-alcoholic items offer good margins and an appealing contribution to your bottom line.

Alberta Liquor Market Trends

Alberta’s liquor sales are leveling out and certain segments are increasing according to the AGLC. Coolers and ciders increased 5.6% from April to September 2017 compared to the same period last year and the wine category continued to gain market share increasing 1.6%. The beer category declined 1.2% and spirits decreased 1.5%.

Bubbles are always a great way to start dinner, an afternoon, or simply great conversation. However, as we all know, there is a grand spectrum of quality, from the lowest grade to the finest. Most elegant and delicate bubbles will lift your spirits and at times allow you to remember that moment forever.

Canadian wine sales are soaring in liquor stores with a 36.1% increase over last year, but pubs and restaurants show the reverse trend with a decrease of 3.6%. This trend shows that the hospitality industry is slow to follow consumers’ preference to enjoy Canadian wine, not just that produced in BC.