Buying B.C. wines just got a little bit easier for some Tsawwassen residents.
Save-On-Foods has started selling wine in a third store in B.C. It features BC VQA wines and 900 choices from 160 wineries around the province.
B.C. changed the laws around selling wine in grocery stores, hoping to promote locally-produced wines.
But this has been met with criticism from out-of-province producers as well as retailers.
There have also been challenges on opening more stores.
“The reason we don’t have more is the difficulty to get licences, number one,” said Darrell Jones, president of Save-On-Foods. “There’s a limited number of licences. And two, in some communities the municipalities are hesitant about getting local VQA wines into the grocery stores. But we’ll work with the local communities, we’ll do our best to have them overcome that, but it’s really the licences.”
“And there’s more coming.”
A fourth store in Langley will start selling wine on Friday.