Canadians drinking more wine than ever

New study finds wine consumption growing 6 faster than global average


New research shows the amount of wine consumed by Canadians grew by 22.5 per cent between 2005 and 2009, to a total of 40.4 million cases. And that’s just the start: wine consumption in Canada is expected to grow another 19 per cent by 2014. Among wine importers, Canada’s now ranks fifth in the world by volume, and could trail just China and the U.S. in three years.

Montreal Gazette

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Canadians drinking more wine than ever

  1. Time too raise the price….we don't need a country full of wino's…..(just being silly but there are those who believe this, and they are thinking about it….the chicken has no more feathers the government has plucked us clean so raising the price will be unacceptable).

  2. Sad that our own wine industry cannot be more competitive.

    • Our B.C. wines are competeing quite well on the world market…on the local level my Mother in-law helps keep sales on the rise……

      • Lol!!! Trust she brought along her own bottle of Jackson-Triggs Shiraz to go with those deer sausages you served last week!!!!

        • Yeppers… She's the one who made the Perogies……

  3. They can't Alcoholics ………….they have college degrees….lol !

  4. It is really too bad this story came out to draw attention to the trend…the tax man cometh I fear….

  5. Canada does not have a presence on the world market. I'm currently living in Europe and most people are shocked to hear Canada has 1 wine region, let alone several.

    I'm coming home soon, so the percentage level should increase, as will my glass hahahaha

  6. BC wines are fabulous, but expensively priced. And they drink all the good stuff in BC, so only the mediocre ones make it out of the province. :(

    • Well, in world terms our acreage and production is very small. It isn't surprising that we keep the best to drink for ourselves. The qualit of BC wines, and the general prosperity of the industry is, by the way, a tribute to the success of the Free Trade Agreement. When it came in the industry, which had been protected by high tariffs, claimed it would disappear. Instead – albeit with enormous effort and no small expense – it has turned from producing almost undrinkable plonk into an industry that can match any wine-growing region of the world in quality.

  7. Alcohol drinking is the devil's invention – don't do it! Whether its drunk drivers creating mayhem on the roads, or the environmental impacts of all that alcohol production at the cost of food crops, or social ills (violence, unwanted pregnancies, FAS, etc) – there is NO reason to rejoice at Canadians getting sucked into consuming more of something that is fundamentally bad for them, their families and their society. Muslims, Mormons and other booze-rejectionists have it right.

    • While over-indulgence is a problem, wine and beer have been part of human culture for at least 6,000 years. Sipping a glass or two of good wine is not "the devi's invention" – it is good for your health. Your position also seems at odds with the example of the wedding at Cana.

  8. My theory is that giving up smoking led to the next best vice, drinking a beautiful bottle of Cab Sav from either Canada, Australia, France or Chile. Red wine especially is good for one's health. Not hard liquor or liquers though. As usual, moderation is everything. Cheers!

    • Cheers,,,, My Doctor ordered me years ago to have an ounce of Brandy every night, about an hour before bedtime…And yes, moderation is the key….

  9. I wonder what is the rate of population increase from mentioned time? Alcohol in MODERATION is actually good for circulation and one's health. As for puritans, those favorite dishes you are eating have most likely alcohol in them. Well for alcoholics, you do need to seek help.

  10. I have strict rules about Drinking…I only drink when I'm alone…or with somebody…….

  11. This is partly because Canada's largest province has policies that deliberately screw beer drinkers (they also screw drinkers of non-Niagara wines, but less so than beer drinkers). The main place to get beer in the province is a monopoly (the government-run LCBO competes in a few niches) run by three macrobrewers (talk about foxes running the hen-house). To make matters worse, beer has a legislated minimum price (and lots of taxes), not that legislation is required for the Beer store to screw consumers, and preventing smaller brewers from getting their products on the shelves.

    For a comparable product, lets compare a 12-case of Stella Artois in the beer store and the usual price in Indiana liquor stores
    Indiana: 13.99+6% sales tax = $14.82
    Ontario: 24.50+13% sales tax = $27.69

    Does this result in more under-aged drinking?
    Estimates are that 26.74% of underaged teens in Indiana had at least one drink in the past month. In Ontario, a similar proportion of underaged teens (25%) report binge drinking in the last month (while 58% had at least one drink in the past year). So it is hard to conclude that Ontario does a better job of preventing underaged drinking.

    For Indiana: http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/2k6/stateunderagedrinki… .
    For Ontario: http://www.camh.net/Research/Areas_of_research/Po

    Do Americans suffer in terms of selection as a result? No – there is vastly more selection in the US, and unlike many of the Beer stores, they actually have shelves where you can look at different things and read labels. Plus you can buy beer at any time of the day (except Sunday – damn those churchies) because 24-hour supermarkets sell it.

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