Grape Expectations

At this moment, Terry David Mulligan is driving towards the Alberta-BC border with a trunk full of wine ... bent on breaking the law and making a point. The law in question is The Importation of Intoxicating Liquor Act of 1928 ... a law many Canadian wine-makers say is hurting their business. We catch up with Terry David Mulligan.

Part Three of The Current

Grape Expectations - Terry David Mulligan

You may remember Terry David Mulligan from his days at Much Music. These days, he hosts a radio show in British Columbia called Tasting Room Radio. And this morning, he is getting ready to break the law.

Terry David Mulligan plans to cross the Alberta-BC border with some wine he bought in BC. That's illegal according to the Importation of Intoxicating Liquor Act of 1928 ... a law many Canadian wine-makers -- and Terry David Mulligan -- would dearly love to see the end of. Terry David Mulligan is on the TransCanada Highway, heading for the Alberta border.

Grape Expectations - Daniel Lenko

Over the last couple of decades, the number of wineries in Canada has exploded. There are now more than 400 of them ... mostly in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley and Ontario's Niagara region. But it's often hard to find a lot of Canadian wines in your local liquor store. In part, because many of the wineries are fledgling operations producing small batches of their products.

The Current's Sujata Berry went down to Beamsville, Ontario to meet with Daniel Lenko of Daniel Lenko Winery and to get his take on how the law affects his business.

Grape Expectations - Arnold Schwisberg

Arnold Schwisberg is a lawyer who specializes in liquor law and he thinks the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act could be unconstitutional. Arnold Schwisberg was in Toronto.

Grape Expectations - Rowland Dunning

Rowland Dunning is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Liquor Jurisdictions. All 13 liquor boards in Canada are members of his organization. And he says there are good reasons to preserve the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act. Rowland Dunning was in Phoenix, Arizona this morning.

Music Bridge

Artist: Yann Tiersen
Cd: Le Fabuleux Destin D'Amelie Poulain Film
Cut: 2, Les Jours Tristes
Label: Labels
Spine: 8102292

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