A man can toast the holiday with a smile, but there is no spirit shortage

A man can toast the holiday with a smile, but there is no spirit shortage ...

OTTAWA, Dec. 22 - Canadians will have champagne to pop in this holiday season, but finding their favorite foreign wine, beer and hard liquor can be harder as shipments have been tampered with by recent floods and global supply chain bottlenecks.

As for wine from Australia, New Zealand and North America, that are the closest and weakest to be available, retailers say, as many as they come through Vancouver, which was knocked off in the last month by a flood that crippled the road and the rail line.

The lack of glass and aluminum on the planet along with the "challenging" growing conditions in certain countries, also hindering the export of some wine and spirits.

"We have certain products temporarily out of stock," said Beverley Ware, spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC). "It is really an evolving issue. It could be a beer from Europe one week and a wine from New Zealand the next."

Christmas still has a sweet time, but she does not expect a champagne shortage, she said. "There seems no problem to me of the occasion.

Canadian alcohol sales are largely controlled by regional distributors and retailers like the National Regulatory Commission of Canada (NSAC) and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). Some of the board's previous members warned consumers to shop for Christmas, saying the British Columbia floods and the shipbacks could exacerbate shortages of certain wines and spirits.

Canadians are huge fans of imported tipple. In Ontario, Canada's most populous province, domestic wines are tops sales charts, followed by wines from the United States, Italy and France. In Nova Scotia, Australian wines are no two after domestic wine.

The price per province varies, and Canadians have plenty of options if their favorite drink isn't in stock, according to the retailers.

"We encourage customers to pick up flexibility and take advantage of a chance to try something new," said Nick Nanos, chief supply chain officer at the LCBO, the liquor distributor and shopper in Toronto.

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