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Independant wine merchants in Quebec

The Chemist | Sep 22, 200805:26 AM     7

I am well aware that these don't exist in Quebec outside of what you can buy at a vineyard while visiting, select stores (store?) that offer a selection of local wines, or the illusion of deps or grocery stores offering anything other than the bottom of the barrel wines allowed to them by the SAQ. I would like to open a discussion concerning the reasons for the current wine merchant situation and if something should be done about it and why.

It seems that there might be some good reasons for allowing the province to control alcohol distribution in such a complete way, but would we be better served by a selection of independent boutiques that could bring in a wider selection of foreign wines, increase sales for our growing Quebec wine industry, decrease prices through greater competition, and raise the level of interest in wine in general?

In Manitoba, a movement won the right to sell wine in independent boutiques and it's been a major contributing factor in the increased interest of wine in the Province. I would even wager (see: pray) that less and less people are drinking lucky lager in favor of wine these days.

What are peoples thoughts on this?

Aaron

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