Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and B.C. Premier Christy Clark will knock down barriers between their provinces

Saskatchewan deal boosts flow of wine, spirits (with video)

Premiers' agreement in Charlottetown fans hope among B.C. wineries for national free trade



B.C. wineries and distillers are gaining easier access to the Saskatchewan market as a result of an inter-provincial trade agreement.

Consumers in either province will be able to order wines and craft spirits directly from producers in the other and have them delivered once the deal takes effect next June.

The agreement was concluded by Premier Christy Clark and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall at a premiers meeting in Charlottetown.

Clark said the deal helps build momentum for freer trade with other provinces, long sought by the B.C. wine industry.

Previously, Saskatchewan consumers could only buy B.C. wines or spirits through provincial government stores in that province.

“Access to new markets is important as we look to build on the strength of our growing industry,” said Tyler Dyck of the B.C. Craft Distillers Guild.

While Saskatchewan isn’t known for its wine, craft distillers like Colin Schmidt of the Last Mountain Lake Distillery in Lumsden, Sask. are now hoping to tempt B.C. drinkers into trying his dill pickle vodka.

“We have a loyal following in Saskatchewan and cannot wait to share our award-winning spirits with consumers in British Columbia.”

Talks among the premiers continue over options to liberalize trade in craft beer.

Just Posted

LETTER: Thanks to all who ran in election

To those that were elected, I look forward to your collective stewardship

Kettle Valley Steam Railway holds train ride of terror

Summerland tourist train will have Halloween-themed events

Ballet Kelowna to kick off 16th season with pair of premiers

Fresh off performances in Beijing and Toronto, company will perform at KCT Nov. 16 and 17

LETTER: Support candidates who will assist cannabis industry

Cannabis has often provided extra income for fruit growers or paid the bills for students

COLUMN: Life is So Good: A biography to remember

George Dawson was African American at a time of great racial discrimination

B.C. sailor surprised by humpback whale playing under her boat

Jodi Klahm-Kozicki said the experience was ‘magical’ near Denman Island

VOTE: Nature in Focus reader’s choice photo contest

The Penticton Western News Reader’s Choice photo contest

Who is running in Summerland’s election?

Introducing you to the candidates asking for your vote on Oct. 20

Ovechkin has 4 points as Caps rough up Canucks 5-2

WATCH: Defending champs pick up impressive win in Vancouver

World Junior Hockey fever hits Vernon

Vipers spice up floor ball demonstration at OK Landing School

Shuswap refugee family settles into new, more hopeful life

Father of 10th Syrian family to come to Salmon Arm says learning English, work, top priorities

RCMP seek missing Vernon man

Michael Ramsey, 49, was last seen Oct. 21

B.C. government moves to tighten resource industry regulations

New superintendent will oversee engineers, biologists, foresters

Most Read