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Proposed Vancouver Wine Bylaw

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’m sure most of you have already heard about this new proposed bylaw; however, thought I should post it just in case you haven’t.  If you live in the Vancouver area and drink BC wine at restaurants, this could definitely affect your nights out.  The bylaw is supposedly up for revisions before becoming official, so no need to panic yet.

The proposed bylaw is aimed at restaurants that operate as bars and requires restaurants to maintain a maximum 50% of their total sales from liquor sales.  However, the unintended impact will be on sales of finer wines.  Say, for example, you go for dinner and order with your spouse and each order a $25 entree and are looking at a $60 bottle of wine on the menu.  In order to be able to order the wine, you would also have to order a $10 appetizer to achieve the 50% maximum requirement.

While the bylaw does not require the 50% maximum to be enforced on a table by table basis, it does require the ratio to be achieved for every 8 hour window.  So if everyone in a restaurant stays within the 50% maximum, and one table orders a $150 bottle of wine and a $10 appetizer, subsequent tables may be limited to below the 50% maximum in order for the 8 hour period to as whole to meet the requirement.

For more information, this article was posted today in the Vancouver Sun today.

Additionally, here is the discussion (on page 10) that was discussed by the City of Vancouver P&E Committee in their October 8, 2009 Agenda.

  1. Andrea
    October 27, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Interesting. I have been researching for a paper on alcoholism in Russia. One of their proposed measures to reduce alcoholism is a minimum price on alcohol in an attempt to get Russians to drink better quality alcohol, rather than the cheap stuff. It appears Vancouver is doing the opposite and trying to get people to either eat more or drink the cheap stuff. Kind of backwards considering alcoholism and obesiety…

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