Now that Bill C-311 has passed federally, the provinces are stating that they will need to “look at it”, but in the meantime provincial liquor boards are telling their consumers that little has changed. To be helpful they are letting you, the consumer, know that if you want to buy a Canadian wine that is not carried by your provincial liquor board then you can contact their SPECIAL ORDERS DESK and they will kindly order it in for you.
SPECIAL ORDERS PROCESS & TIME
Let’s take a look at how that system works in BC if I want to buy a bottle of wine from a winery in Ontario. Just 7 easy steps and 4 notes away!
- Download the Special Orders form
- Complete the form for the wine you want with as much details as possible
- Submit the form
- The purchasing department of the BCLDB will contact the supplier and find out availability and quote you a price
- Review your order
- Sign the quote
- The Special Orders Desk will order the wine for you.
Easy as 1, 2, 3…er…4, 5, 6, 7.
Now for the fine print (I love fine print, it’s so… fine).
- Minimum order 1 case
- Step 4 takes 4-6 weeks
- Delivery time 4-8 weeks for a domestic supplier
- Orders are subject to social responsibility and heath guidelines. I assume that you must be of legal drinking age to order wine. Of course, understandable.
Recap Process and Time: 7 steps, 2-3.5 months order time
SPECIAL ORDERS PRICE
Now let’s look at the price quote you will see. Since you are ordering through a provincial liquor board you will be subject to paying the markup charged by said liquor board on top of the retail price of the wine. I didn’t have the patience to go through the above process to get a quote for a wine from out of province (feel free to do yourself, remember, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…etc) but I did have a friend in Nova Scotia get a price quote from their NSLC for a bottle of our 2009 Cabernet Franc ($19.99 retail at winery).
Case price through Nova Scotia Special Orders Desk: $19.99 x 12 bottles + 85% markup (on a price that already includes has BC taxes) + $127.65 shipping one case = $571.53
Case price direct to consumer from our winery: $19.99 x 12 bottles, less 10% for case discount + $56 shipping* = $271.89
*Note: The shipping quote is what it would cost us to ship to Nova Scotia…if we could… which we can’t…so we don’t…but if we did it would be $56
Price Recap: $47.63/btl NSLC Special Orders versus $22.66/btl Direct to Consumer