stupid liquor laws

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stupid liquor laws

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We recently went on a wine tasting tour in Niagara. The tour ended with a dinner (at 5:30pm!!! DON'T get me started on having to eat dinner at 5:30pm!) at the final winery.

At the final tasting, there was a really good ice wine. I suggested that we take the glass across the hall to the dining room to have the ice wine for dessert after dinner.

NO chance. It's against the law.

The other thing that is against the law is for the wineries to distill the leftover grape skins to make eau de vie (aka grappa, Schnapps). How dumb is that?
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Post by David »

I have encountered similar restrictions where the license permitting the consumption of alcoholic drinks applies to very specific rooms in a building and forbids drinks from being consumed elsewhere so as to protect the business of neighbouring licensees.

As for not being allowed to distill, I suspect that the winery would need to be first registered as a distillery and then be taxed and inspected accordingly.
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David wrote:As for not being allowed to distill, I suspect that the winery would need to be first registered as a distillery and then be taxed and inspected accordingly.
Apparently, it's perfectly legal to do the distilling. What's disallowed without a licence is to distribute the distilled product.

But the hoops they have to jump through to be registered as a distillery are many and barbed. It's just not worth it to them. So for the most part all those grape leftovers get tossed. I don't think they even sell them for pig feed. (No doubt that is disallowed too. There might not be enough animal products in them to qualify as pig food. :lalala: )
So... have YOU backed up your files lately? And defragged too!?
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