Do your part to chip away at the oppressive provincial monopolies and restrictive regulations stifling your access to good wine. Buy your libations from independent clubs and shops that really care. Some provinces — notably absent from this list — still do not allow third-party alcohol sales. Note that some of the shops and clubs listed below may only ship “locally,” but if you ask nicely, they might be able to make an exception… Not that we condone or would in any way suggest breaking the law. —DICK SNYDER
Subscription launched this fall by Femmes du Vin founder and Master Sommelier candidate Emily Pearce, with impressive packaging, notes, recipes, and off-the-beaten-path selections. A great learning tool.
Independent club shipping across the country, sourcing wines from all consignment and private agents in Ontario. Wines selected by respected independent wine professionals: Sara d’Amato, David Lawrason, Michael Godel, and John Szabo.
One of only four privately owned and operated stores in Nova Scotia. Well respected, with global selection and good prices.
One of Canada’s largest and oldest wine clubs. Launched in 2009. Good values and accessible pricing.
Not a club, but a key wine shop on Vancouver Island, and a hub for events, education, and tastings. Online sales and several mixed curated cases are on offer at any time.
Headed by well-known B.C. wine figure Sean Nelson, a subscription club supported by IGTV tastings and detailed notes.
Wine club run by DJ Kearney, a respected wine professional with years of experience as an educator, consultant and wine judge. Interesting selections, de- tailed notes, video tastings.