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Saturday, November 7, 2009

GOSH: McGinty to change -- again -- "Cellared in Canada" wine regulations, part of PAN-AM deal

TRAWNA – (GOSH Wine News Services) – In a stunning revelation today, Grate "Flip-Flop" McGinty, leader of Ontario, A Have-Not Province, has declared a major change in impending "Cellared in Canada" wine regulations.


Top investigative wine reporter Brett Grimsby has been following this story for days now, and he files his report based on several interviews with Miffed Mole, the collective name for our sources who are familiar with the situation, and who spoke to him on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge details while they were very close to the centre of discussions and while the matter under consideration had not yet been finalized nor announced to the public. While the decisions may or may not have been finalized internally, and while an announcement on the matter may or may not be imminent, possibly within the next week or two, that specific timeline is not really known.


Says Grimsby, "There have been secret deals between the Ontario and Latin American governments (principally Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay) to extend the import of Latin American wines into Ontario in order to top up the "Cellared in Canada" wine series.


"GOSH Wine News Services has learned that this was the price to be paid for Latin American votes to secure the PAN-AM 2015 games for Toronto. Even the Mayor of Toronto did not know of this vote buying.


"Today, the McGinty regulations will promulgate a NEW series of "Cellared in Canada" wines, to be called "Cellared in Canada Reserva" wines. These wines will be produced by Ontario wineries NOT currently producing regular "Cellared in Canada" wines. In fact, the current seven wineries producing CIC product have been prohibited from producing a Reserva line. The new wineries will be determined by lottery from the scandal-plagued Ontario Lottery Corporation. GOSH has also learned that the Ontario Viniculture Association members will be eligible to produce a CIC Reserva series, so long as the wines are sourced from grapes grown in Latin America and Ontario. Fruit wines will continue to be ineligible, although some day they may be sold at Farmers Markets.


"The proportions will be fifty-fifty, with absolutely NO stretch water."


McGinty is slated to go on the record and say: "This is a win-win situation for Ontario wineries, Latin American countries, and the wine guzzling public. Still, I do feel sorry for the fruit farmers. Maybe there is something we can do when we re-apply for the Olympics, say in 2028."


More on this dramatic development as it happens, stand by…


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