June 2011
In this edition :

CCWA News
  CCWA Ontario Council to meet with CCWA Executive Director
  Quebec Council of CCWA appoints members to CCWA Board
  Welcoming letter being sent to Ontario retailers

Industry News
  Putting a cork on it
  Ontario's liquor store take tops $1.5-billion
  Canada's new plastic banknotes will be nearly impossible to fake
  Manitoba to try selling beer, wine in groceries
  What?!? This wine's a fake?

Small Business
  Postal strike pain avoided by well-wired businesses
  Summer vacation eludes many entrepreneurs
  Technology tips to connect your small business
  Small companies, big data problems

Trends & Lifestyle
  Rosé wines are red hot
  Homebrewing guide helps beer buffs make their own batch of ales and lagers
  Green wine and how to choose it
  Beer is an easy, flavourful substitute for other liquids when cooking
  Best beer commercial ever


  CCWA News (back to top)  

CCWA Ontario Council to meet with CCWA Executive Director
The meeting, to be held on June 27 at the Nottawasaga Inn near Alliston, will discuss progress with the amalgamation process that is well underway. In addition the Inn will be looked at as a candidate for the next Ontario-based craft wine-maker conference in September of 2012. Items on the agenda include membership categories, dues structure, marketing campaign progress, administration procedures and other matters. The meeting will provide a helpful framework to advance proposals to the first full Board meeting for the amalgamated association on July 20 in Toronto.

Quebec Council of CCWA appoints members to CCWA Board
As was announced in the May 2011 newsletter, our Quebec retailer reps have agreed to join CCWA. This important decision was confirmed at a formal meeting that took place on May 15 in Drummondville. Our Quebec Council colleagues have named Mark Eagle (President) and Gérald Beaulieu (Vice-President) to be their representatives on the CCWA board.

Welcoming letter being sent to Ontario retailers
All members of FGON will be receiving shortly a letter from the CCWA office welcoming them into the new CCWA fold. The letter had been delayed pending some legal work around combining the respective articles of incorporation and by-laws of the two associations. We are pleased to announce that that process is now in solid legal hands with a positive predicted outcome, so we are in gear!


  Industry News (back to top)  

Putting a cork on it
Source: North Shore News (BC)

Most people appreciate a good glass of vino. But if you're the type who enjoys one fairly often, possibly with dinner every night, the costs can add up. That is, unless you consider making your own. At North Vancouver's Cork It Wine Making, customers can do just that, and choose from more than 100 varietals. Most of Cork It's patrons are older adults who are looking for a convenient way to drink their wine. There are a couple of advantages to making your wine at Cork It, rather than at home. For one thing, everything you own won't smell like fermenting grapes. For another, there's help every step of the way.  Read more...

North Shore News (BC) - 05/31/11

Ontario's liquor store take tops $1.5-billion
Source: Financial Post

Ontario's alcohol retailer boasted another year of record profit in 2011, no doubt leaving many in the province's business community once again wishing they could get a piece of the lucrative action. It was the LCBO's 16th straight year of record sales and also the 17th year in a row that it has increased the dividend paid to the government. With another year of success, however, comes more debate about whether the government-owned booze behemoth best serves Ontario consumers. Many believe better models for selling beer, wine and spirits exists elsewhere across the country.  Read more...

Financial Post - 06/03/11

Canada's new plastic banknotes will be nearly impossible to fake
Source: Globe and Mail

Canada's gradual shift to slick, cleaner, synthetic banknotes won't just mean your money can stand more wear, will not tear and, for the first time, will be recycled into other products instead of destroyed. The Bank of Canada and the RCMP hope that once the polymer-based notes are in circulation - starting in November with the $100 bill - they'll also be all but impossible to fake.  Read more...

Globe and Mail - 06/20/11

Manitoba to try selling beer, wine in groceries
Source: Vancouver Sun

Manitoba says it wants to update its Liquor Control Act to allow brew pubs, Liquor Mart boutiques in grocery stores and the ability to bring your own wine to restaurants. At the same time, provincial Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh said the province will crack down on disorder and underage drinking. Changes announced include a voluntary "BYO Wine" program for restaurants.  Read more...

Vancouver Sun - 05/20/11

What?!? This wine's a fake?
Source: Forbes / YouTube


Stonewashing creator adopts wine authentication technology.   View the video...

Forbes / YouTube - 03/15/11


  Small Business (back to top)  

Postal strike pain avoided by well-wired businesses
Full article: ITBusiness.ca

"The cheque is in the mail," will probably be among the most dreaded phrases for many small and medium sized businesses as Canada's postal workers continue their rotating strikes. While small businesses can expect delays and disruptions to hamper their operations, businesses can use a combination of technology and no-tech alternatives to lessen impact of the postal strike. Here's how.  Read more...

ITBusiness.ca - 06/06/11

Summer vacation eludes many entrepreneurs
Source: Globe and Mail

As summer vacation season kicks into gear, many of those in business for themselves will only dream of beaches and docks, for delayed, abbreviated or missed time off is one of the prices many entrepreneurs pay for owning a business. The challenge for entrepreneurs: how to take a break from the everyday stresses, strains and crises of running a business while still ensuring the operation continues to run smoothly.  Read more...

Globe and Mail - 06/10/11

Technology tips to connect your small business
Source: Financial Post

The business world is no place for the technophobic. Today, it's almost impossible to imagine carrying on any kind of business or connecting with customers, suppliers or just about anyone else without at least a basic computer and access to the Internet. Of course, the bar is always being raised. So, what do most small businesses really need when it comes to technology? What should owners do or learn in order to operate in today's uber-connected world? Here are [a few] tips for letting technology do some of the heavy lifting in your company.  Read more...

Financial Post - 06/03/11

Small companies, big data problems
Source: Globe and Mail

Small used to mean, relatively speaking, small profits, small staff and small buildings. But today, in the information age, small is irrelevant when it comes to data. Small or large, databases are growing with incredible speed, presenting small businesses challenges to match that growth and to develop security policies to manage their sensitive data.  Read more...

Globe and Mail - 05/23/11


  Trends & Lifestyle (back to top)  

Rosé wines are red hot
Source: Globe and Mail

Until recently, pink was wine's polarizing colour. People who knew nada about fermented grapes drank rosé. So did people who knew a lot. Pretty much everybody else feared it and stuck to white or red. Now pink is red hot and edging into the mainstream. The wine press has dubbed it the "pink tide." What happened? A sea change in perception. Many wine enthusiasts, especially new drinkers outside Europe, began cluing into the fact that rosé need not be a saccharine, soda-pop substitute - or what some of us think of as wine with training wheels. In fact, most serious pink is seriously dry.  Read more...

Globe and Mail - 05/12/11

Homebrewing guide helps beer buffs make their own batch of ales and lagers
Source: Canadian Press

It is no secret that small-batch craft breweries are making their mark in Canada and the U.S. So it is no surprise that beer buffs who are just as dedicated to making additive-free ales and lagers in their own kitchens is a growing hobby. Brewmaster George Hummel, who has been making home brew since the mid-1980s, decided it was time to put together a guide for novices. The Complete Homebrew Beer Book is a comprehensive guide that will help budding brewers with easy-to-understand instructions.  Read more...

Canadian Press - 05/31/11

Green wine and how to choose it
Source: Greener Ideal

The wine industry has been flowing for years. The more people like wine, the more people make wine, resulting in a massive global explosion in production. But, the continued expansion in popularity has brought with it an ever increasing amount of eco-impacts at every stage of the wine lifecycle. So, how do you know which wine is greener, and how do you choose?  Read more...

Greener Ideal - 06/10/11

Beer is an easy, flavourful substitute for other liquids when cooking
Source: Moncton Times & Transcript

Considering its ingredients, beer is just liquid food. So when Chef Trevor Rowe of 5Senses Gourmet in Moncton combines different foods to create his culinary delights, he doesn't hesitate to make beer part of the equation. And, he says, if you aren't doing the same thing in your own kitchen, you are missing out. "I always preach cooking with beer," Rowe says, "and I've been doing it for a very long time." Almost any liquid called for in a recipe can be substituted by beer, Rowe points out. "A recipe is just a guideline," the chef says. "You're pretty well unlimited when it comes to cooking with beer. You are limited only by your imagination."  Read more...

Moncton Times & Transcript - 05/28/11

Best beer commercial ever
Source: Guinness / YouTube


The Guinness 'reverse-evolution' commercial.   View the video...

Guinness / YouTube - 2005



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