Checking in on the WTO wine trade challenge

The 60-day mandatory consultation period following the filing of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) challenge on January 18, 2017 has now expired. What is the current status of the trade dispute, and where could it be headed? External context: The political backdrop in the US is important to understanding the present status of the challenge. […]

The Curious Climbdown on BC’s Wine Markup

As part of the BC government’s ongoing wine and liquor reforms resulting from its Liquor Policy Review, a new wine wholesale price structure was announced in December 2014. The changes rested on two premises: that the price structure would “level the playing field” among various categories of retailer (licenced retail stores – LRS, private wine […]