Que­bec Icewine Must Keep Its La­bel

NDP MPS sup­port Que­bec wine pro­duc­ers in their ef­forts to save the “ice wine” la­bel

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Ot­tawa

The Cana­dian Food In­spec­tion Agency (CFIA) must respond to ar­gu­ments from Que­bec ice wine pro­duc­ers and not uni­lat­er­ally adopt a reg­u­la­tion that would make it im­pos­si­ble to pro­duce of­fi­cially rec­og­nized ice wine in Que­bec, said NDP MPS Pierre Ja­cob (Brome–missisquoi) and Jean Rousseau (Comp­ton– Stanstead).

On Jan­uary 16, the CFIA an­nounced it was go­ing to reg­u­late ice wine pro­duc­tion in Canada that would re­strict the “ice wine” la­bel to pro­duc­tion where grapes nat­u­rally freeze on the vine. But Que­bec pro­duc­ers have long been us­ing a tech­nique called “fil­let­ing,” which makes it pos­si­ble to ob­tain just as good a qual­ity prod­uct de­spite the prov­ince’s harsh cli­mate, but doesn’t meet the Agency’s new stan­dard.

“Ice wine pro­duc­tion tech­niques in Que­bec re­flect the spe­cific na­ture of the cli­mate here,” said Pierre Ja­cob, whose rid­ing has nu­mer­ous wine pro­duc­ers. “This must be taken into ac­count in or­der to in­te­grate Que­bec prod­ucts into the def­i­ni­tion of ice wine.”

On Jan­uary 27, Ja­cob met with the pres­i­dent of the Que­bec Wine­grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Mr. CharlesHenri from Cousser­gues, to dis­cuss the im­pli­ca­tions of a po­ten­tial new reg­u­la­tion for ice wine pro­duced in Que­bec.

“Ice wine is a ma­jor prod­uct of the Que­bec’s wine sec­tor, rec­og­nized in Cana­dian and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets,” added Jean Rousseau, Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion Deputy Critic for Agri­cul­ture and Agri- Food. “A too re­stric­tive ap­proach for ice wine la­belling, on a tech­ni­cal de­tail with no ef­fect on qual­ity, would pe­nal­ize the com­mer­cial­iza­tion of this ar­ti­sanal prod­uct that con­trib­utes to the re­gion’s eco­nomic vi­tal­ity.”

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