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The boycott of B.C. wines threaten the lives of families that have worked to build the province's wine industry, said Trade Minister Bruce Ralston. Photo: Jeff McIntosh

The B.C. government notified Alberta that it is requesting consultations under the Canadian free trade agreement’s dispute settlement process. The challenge comes after Alberta announced a boycott of B.C. wines in retaliation for regulations that could block a west coast oil pipeline.

“We have become aware of a number of copycat operators that are taking illegal and unfair advantage of the success of iconic brands such as Penfolds,” said TWE chief executive officer, Michael Clarke.

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has filed legal action against “copycat” producer Rush Rich in Australia over trademark infringements that it claims “exploit TWE’s iconic Penfolds brand”, as well as its Chinese transliteration of Ben Fu.

Data published jointly by Vinexpo and IWSR shows that Australia exports the most still wine to the UK, by volume. Photo: Decanter

Australia tops the list but Chile is one of the only major producer nations expected to increase shipments in the next few years, as the UK overall cuts its wine consumption in favour of less but better, says new forecast.

Agnès Buzyn said that wine was an alcohol “like any other”.

French winemakers are on the warpath after the country’s health minister said that wine was bad for people’s health.

Agnès Buzyn caused anger in Bordeaux, Burgundy and other vineyard regions by denouncing as fallacious claims that wine could be beneficial and increase longevity.

Brian Smith, co-founder and chief wine officer of Winc, said the company has been able to make a product tied to members’ tastes. Photo: Winc

A tech-savvy startup may have figured out how to make e-commerce vino work. They make it themselves.

In 2012, a startup named Club W set out to help millennials find and buy decent wine on the internet. With bottles from a few boutique vintners, a slick web platform and a simple recommendation algorithm, the Los Angeles-based company had a propitious plan.