Get your corkscrews ready, folks.
Wine is finally coming to Ontario grocery stores. Yes, you read that correctly–it’s actually happening.
The provincial government reports that as of this fall, 70 different locations will be approved to start selling that beautiful, sweet nectar. That number will ramp up to 150 in the coming years. Additionally, winery retail stores that are located just outside of grocery stores will soon be allowed to operate inside of the grocery store instead. Ultimately, this will mean 300 grocery stores will have wine available. Cider will also be permitted to be sold in any stores where beer is offered.
There are still some little catches, though. The minimum price for wine at a grocery store will be just under $11, meaning lovers of cheap vino are out of luck. There will also be an emphasis on Ontario VQA wines, but some international brands will also be available.
For now, though, we’re just happy we can get our wine in the same place as our cheese.