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I've written an indepth article on the Nova Scotia tourism industry that I'm hoping to publish in The Halifax Daily News, my old stomping grounds. I'll quote two relevant paragraphs here to indicate why I blame the NSLC for high wine prices in restaurants. Before I started writing about food and wine, I ran a wine agency in the province, so I have some knowledge of liquor corporation policies (although the NSLC is far better today than it used to be).
Here we go:
"Consider this: Wine Access magazine recently declared that Deinhard Lila Sekt was Canada’s best cheap sparkler. Last year, it cost $13.99 in BC; $13 in AB; $12.95 in ON; and $19.18 in Nova Scotia, (where it’s since been delisted, or removed from shelves). A more expensive winner was Ruffino 2001 Riserva Ducale Oro, which sells for $39 in AB, $43 in SK; $44.50 in ON; and $57 in Nova Scotia. The delicious Caymus Conundrum runs just $29 in Ontario and Quebec, and $39.21 in Nova Scotia.
"If you don’t think that’s price gouging, then look to Alberta, where private wine stores aren’t shackled by outdated liquor laws. (In Nova Scotia, legislation prevents the handful of private wine stores from undercutting the NSLC). Veuve Cliquot Brut sells for $61 in Ontario and Manitoba; $73 in Nova Scotia... and $43 in Alberta’s many Costco stores!"