Albertans with a thirst for B.C. wine can now take advantage of a bootleg smuggling getaway to get their hands on a bottle amid the province’s trade dispute with its western neighbour.

Luxury wine tour company Butiq Escapes is offering a “B.C. Wine Smuggling Escape for Albertans,” complete with private jet that’ll pick you up and fly your group to the Okanagan and the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island for a three- to four-night stay in B.C. wine country, before sending you home with 50 sommelier hand-picked bottles.

“We can not sit idly by and let our petty governments ruin all the fun for our good neighbours to the east in Alberta. We’ve turned our private jet wine vacation into a smuggling run for those wanting to get their hands on the goods,” the company, now in its third year, states on its website. “This cheeky escape is aimed at those who need a mid-winter vacation and want to pad their wine cellar a bit with some bootlegged vino.”

Ryan Clark, co-founder of Butiq Escapes, said the company’s “escape artists” can help customize each trip based on individual wine preferences or favourite spots in B.C. wine country. They’ll also deliver a few bottles before the trip begins to hold you over while the “drought” continues.

Screen grab from the Butiq Escapes website

The Alberta government banned imports of B.C. wine into the province on Feb. 6 in protest of the B.C. government’s stalling on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Albertans spent $72 million on B.C. wine last year, with close to 95 per cent of all Canadian wine sold within Alberta coming from the province’s western neighbour.

“A big portion of our business are Albertans doing wine tours here and that’s what made us jump on the tongue-and-cheek play right now because we recognize …read more

Source:: Calgary Herald

      

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