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The Senate of Canada is entering the final phase of debate over the legalization of recreational cannabis.

After five Senate committees rigorously studied Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, debate at third reading began in the Red Chamber on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Senators agreed to structure the debate thematically in a motion that was unanimously adopted Thursday. The first day of debate saw speeches and amendments relating to cannabis production; Friday’s debate covered issues relating to its sale and distribution.

Debate on Monday, June 4 will address international issues relating to cannabis; Tuesday’s debate is set to include speeches and amendments relating to criminal penalties. On Wednesday, senators will debate issues relating to cannabis consumption.

The Senate is live-tweeting the debate over Bill C-45. You can also keep up to date with speeches, committee reports and the status of provincial and territorial cannabis legislation through the Senate’s Cannabis Act webpage.

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Niagara, ON - Now in its 8th year, the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4C) is held every July in the heart of Niagara wine country in Ontario, Canada. 62 wineries from 10 countries come together to celebrate one cool grape for three amazing days. A yearly pilgrimage for wine lovers, media and producers of the world’s best cool climate Chardonnay brings together Ontarians and visitors from around the globe for this one-of-a-kind celebration featuring 24 local Ontario VQA wineries.

The i4C 3-day weekend, July 20th thru 22nd, offers Chardonnay consumers and the wine trade the chance to enjoy an unparalleled selection of cool climate Chardonnay from around the world via a full schedule of seminars, walkaround tastings, winery experiences and unforgettable meals prepared by local Ontario chefs. This year, the i4C welcomes U.S. based and internationally known wine writer, Jon Bonné, as the keynote speaker to kick-off an exciting program on the first day at the highly anticipated School of Cool on Friday, July 20th.

"Chardonnay is one of the most popular and famous varieties around the globe, and I think it's crucial to understand its state of the art. So, I'm excited to come and discuss one of my favorite grapes, and to learn more about the exceptional work being done in Ontario to produce some world-class examples,” said Jon Bonné, internationally acclaimed author and senior contributing editor of PUNCH.

 “The International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration has quickly become one of the world’s most exciting celebrations of cool climate Chardonnay. We are excited for guests of the i4C to discover and taste both local and global expressions of this internationally loved variety. Ontario welcomes the world and is especially excited to showcase our own wine growing region to visitors from all corners of the globe”, said Stacey Mulholland, Chair of the i4C Association and Manager, Visitor Experiences Eastern Estates at Arterra.

The signature event of the weekend is the Cool Chardonnay World Tour, the only event of the weekend where all 113 Chardonnays including sparkling wines are available to taste and are poured by their makers. Guests are invited to wander the grounds of historic Ridley College during the Grand Tasting, then sit down to a family-style feast curated by top Niagara winery chefs including Jason Parsons (Peller Estates), Frank Dodd (Trius Winery), Justin Downes (Vineland Estates), Alex White (Benchmark) and led by Chef Craig Youdale (Canadian Food and Wine Institute) and Chef Ross Midgley (Ravine Vineyard). A team of sommeliers will pour a selection of cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc or Gamay paired with the chefs’ creations. After dinner celebrations include dancing under the stars to a live band or sampling Ontario VQA red wines and local craft beer at the Après Chardonnay bar for a magical evening in wine country.

The School of Cool on Friday, July 20th features three unique sessions led by author Jamie Goode, wine expert Peter Rod and Master Sommelier John Szabo. Weekend long events also include Flights of Chardonnay on Friday, July 20th at the Niagara District Airport and a unique collection of events hosted at i4C member wineries across Niagara as part of the Explore Wine Country Ontario program. Events require pre-booking through the host winery but visit for event details.

Tickets are on sale now. Full details are available at

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JUNE 4, 2018 - Louisville, KY - Brown-Forman is returning to its past and releasing a new bourbon brand based on an old name, King of Kentucky.  Hitting shelves June 29, the first release of King of Kentucky will be a limited, 14-year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon.  Available only in Kentucky, the first release will produce approximately 1000 bottles with a suggested retail price of $199. 

King of Kentucky was established in 1881 as a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  Brown-Forman acquired the brand in 1936 from Selected Kentucky Distillers and, by 1940, converted it to a blended whiskey until it was discontinued in 1968.

"Given Brown-Forman's 148 year history of crafting great Kentucky Bourbon, it is a memorable event to bring back to life a long retired brand and to introduce it to a new generation of aficionados," said Master Distiller Chris Morris. “King of Kentucky will provide Whiskey connoisseurs with a rare look into Brown-Forman’s rich barrel archives.” 

King of Kentucky will be an annual/on-going periodic release of a single barrel inventory and feature a barrel-strength, minimally-filtered proof presentation.

Due to the rarity of these barrels, there will be no defined annual volume. Just like the extra time it takes for the liquid to age, the package will also show a personal craftsmanship.  It will feature handwritten details including proof, age, warehouse location, lot number, serial number, barrel number, and be hand-signed by Master Distiller Chris Morris.  


Taste Notes

Color               Deep Chestnut

Aroma Rich oak with intense dark chocolate and burnt caramel sweetness balanced with fresh leather and spearmint spice notes atop layers of tropical fruit (banana, pineapple, citrus).

Taste Dark chocolate and fudge coat dark cherry notes with a refreshing range of aromatic spice character (spearmint, cedar, cardamom).


Finish              Long and spicy

For almost 150 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach, GlenDronach and Slane.   Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,700 employees and sold in more than 165 countries worldwide.  


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May 30, 2018

Rix Light Craft Lager is Prince Edward Island’s first Light Craft Lager! Launching this June, this crisp light lager is craft brewed with the highest quality ingredients using traditional techniques resulting in a dry finish.

Named for William F. Rix who was widely considered Prince Edward Island’s craft beer pioneer in the mid-eighties and much like his entrepreneurial spirit, this craft lager is refreshing and innovative. Ahead of its time. 

 ‘We are thrilled to bring this new Light Craft Lager to life. It’s the first of its kind brewed on PEI and we feel like this is going to be a staple in Islanders fridges, all year long”, says PEI Brewing Company President Jeff Squires. “I think customers are really going to enjoy this refreshing, easy drinking lager that will be the gateway into craft beer for many.”

Rix Light Craft Lager will be available in 473ml cans at all PEILCC retail stores and the PEI Brewing Company Taproom by mid- June. Visit and follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @rixlightlager for more information.

Looking to try this new beer? Rix is going on tour and hosting Island launch events at seven different Prince Edward Island restaurants and pubs starting on June 8th!
Island Tour Locations:

June 8th: Alberton – The Albert & Crown Pub & Eatery
480 Main Street, Alberton
June 9th: Summerside –The Silver Fox Entertainment Complex
110 Water Street, Summerside

June 15th: Charlottetown - Merchantman Next Door
23 Queen Street, Charlottetown
June 22nd: North Rustico- North Rustico Lions Club
17 Timber Lane, North Rustico
June 23rd: Morell - Holy Cow Burgers & Wings
95 Altons Drive, Morell
June 29th: Cardigan – Clam Diggers Beach House & Restaurant
6864 Water Street, Cardigan
June 30th: Souris – The Black Rafter Lounge
10 Federal Avenue, Souris

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May 22, 2018

Molson Coors just launched Coors Edge - a delicious non-alcoholic beer that contains less than 0.5% ALC./VOL. Launched in Quebec in May, Coors Edge is rolling out across the rest of Canada in early June.

Coors Edge uses a double brewing process which ensures exceptional taste. It’s brewed for beer lovers who want a great-tasting non-alcoholic option. The new brew comes on the heels of new research which shows millennials in Canada are looking for more responsible drinking options.

A new survey of more than 1,200 Canadian beer drinkers found that:

  • The top reason millennials consume non-alcoholic beer is to avoid drinking and driving.
  • With secondary reasons being “fitting in/socializing.”

 Did you know that 82% of driving and legal-drinking-aged Canadian Millennials have served as designated drivers? These millennials take their designated driving responsibility seriously, but like many of us, also enjoy drinking beer. In the pursuit of no compromise, they’re looking for a great-tasting non-alcoholic beer option that allows them to enjoy, feel confident in their responsible and balanced decisions, all while still fitting in and socializing with their friends who are drinking alcohol.

The launch of Coors Edge is part of Molson Coors’ commitment to Raise the Bar on Beer and offer quality, low and no alcohol beers in 100% of markets by 2025. 


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