Import News & Industry Updates

VIWF 2017 dates announced!

The Vancouver International Wine Festival has announced that the dates for the 2017 VIWF will be from February 11th - 19th.

Change to SIR: Serving It Right requirements for ALL beverage servers

Effective immediately, all licensed agents and their sales staff in British Columbia must have a Serving It Right certificate. To apply for the SIR certificate, go to

Foreign representatives of foreign liquor manufacturers who serve liquor in B.C. are exempt, provided they are under the supervision of those with Serving It Right or Special Event Server certification.

Wineries will benefit from COOL repeal and TTB funding increase

Wineries will benefit from COOL repeal and TTB funding increase

December 18, 2015

Wine Institute Commends Passage of Omnibus Bill: COOL Repeal and TTB Funding Increase Will Benefit Wineries

LCLB Policy Directive 15-12: Relaxing other restrictions for Food Primary Licences

Policy Directive 15-12 repealing the lounge endorsement and relaxing several other restrictions for Food Primary Licences. Please share and distribute this document.


BC Wine Industry Continues to Grow with BC VQA Wine-In-Grocery Coming to Kelowna

Longstanding BC VQA Wine Stores, Discover Wines in Kelowna and the BC VQA Wine Shop at the Kelowna Wine Museum announced their support to move into grocery stores today with the Overwaitea Food Group anticipating BC VQA Wines to be showcased and sold for the first time in Kelowna grocery stores pending BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch approval.

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