Friday, March 18, 2011
Wine and whine ...
For me to buy BC wine, I pay two or three times as much as Lisa and Greg pay for a similar (or better) California wine. I understand that there are economics of scale - BC has about 4.5 million people; California has about 37 million people.
I'm willing to account - and accept - this fact. There's nothing we in BC can do about that.
I'm also willing to accept the fact that our wine industry is much newer than California's and so we aren't at the place where they are, and have been, and won't be ourselves for many decades.
But it's the taxes that drive me crazy. If I buy a $17 bottle of wine in a government owned liquor store (and up until a few years ago that was our only choice) $6 of that is tax. If I buy a California wine like I did last week and paid $17 for it, I checked and found that I could buy the same wine in California for $6. Some of this is transportation. I get that. Some of it is customs duty. I get that. But if they started out buying the bottle at (obviously) less than $6 - why, oh why, is the bottle of wine now $17 and not, say, $12?
Taxes. Taxes. Taxes.