Sunday, July 20, 2008

Taxes and tasting in an uncivil manner

Writing about Shalestone got me worked up about something. I purchased 2 bottles of Shalestone wine - the Cabernet Franc of course, as well as the Merlot. The merlot was a bit too soft for me - pleasant but a little soft. My father wanted it, so we got it. Definitely would have prefered to get 2 bottles of cabernet franc, but I wasn't paying.

Anyways, I thought that we could bring 2 bottles back to Canada, no problem. Turns out its only duty free if you've been away for at least 48 hours. The wines cost $43 in total, but the customs duties were $28.53. How does that make sense? Punishing honest Canadian citizens just for buying some wine? A really negligible amount, if you think about it. It's not like I was bringing back 20 cases. Just 2 bottles, between 3 people. This is why all this talk about economic closeness between the two countries is absolute bullshit, because everyone just wants to make money, even if its off their own citizens.

What I was a bit disappointed about was that there were so many people visiting the wineries that you never are able to engage in a real dialogue with the staff. Its nothing more than a tasting bar - they pour you the wine, then they have to move on to the next group of people.

Unbelievable. I'm sure it'll be better after the summer tourist season passes, but it's such a different experience than being in Niagara. I'm not plugging for Niagara, but Ontario offers such a better experience. I'm leaving out the commentary about loud, obnoxious, boorish Americans, but you get the idea.

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