Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
46 THE IETHBR1DGE HERALD Wednesday, October 27, 197) Wine trend is cJ ;mg CALGARY (CP) The scene in which six years from now a waiter in a Paris restaurant is asked for a bottle of Canadian wine may be way out for some not to John Smithcrs. Mr. Smilhers, marketing manager for Andres Wines (Al- berta) envisages Canada becoming a wine-exporting country and his firm is seri- ously considering such markets. A decade ago most of the wine consumed in Canada was imported, but today the trend is changing and many Canadian wineries have expanded opera- tions to keep pace with demand. Andres is no exception and re- cently completed a plant-expansion program here and is moving again to increase production capacity. ''The Canadian public is drinking more wine now than ever -Mr. Smithers said. "Along with the increasing popularity of wine in general has come a realization it doesn't have to be imported to be good." The firm was founded by the Feller family of Ancaster. Ont., in 1951 under the name of Andres Wines British Columbia in Port Moody, B.C. It expanded to Calgary in 1965 under the name Anjo wines and two years later built a winery in Nova Scotia. By 1970 the firm also had opened an outlet at Wi- nona, Ont. The operation in Calgary with a 'storage capacity of gallons, employs 26 per- sons and produces 18 products from sherries to cham- pagnes. California grapes are shipped in by refrigerated 20-ton trucks with crushing, fermentation and the addition of specially pre- pared yeast cultures completed; in the plant. The product under-; goes constant chemical analysis and the wines are aged from one to six years in storage tanks variously lined with wood, glass or stainless steel. At peak operation, the plant can bottle SOO cases of pressure wines and 800 cases of still! wines a day and the introduc- tion of new bottling equipment soon will make the plant one of the most mo'dern in Canada, Mr. Smithers said. Sparkling and crackling wines have gained wide acceptance in North America, but have never, really been introduced in Eu- rope. "Canada has never been thought of as a wine-exporting country but the wide success of many products has prompted companies such as ours seri- ously to consider entering the export market." He said Andres now is exam- ining the possibilities of estab- lishing a winery in California "and perhaps even reversing the traditional trend and enter- ing the European markets." KLMBERLEY, South Africa (AP) The business of produc- ing diamonds is going through one of its less sparkling periods. They may still be a girl's best friend, but the idea of using them as a safe hedge in timss of financial adversity v.s dwin- dled. That market appears to have hedged itself out. De Bears Consolidated Mines Co., with headquarters in a quiet back street of Kimberley, produces most of South Africa's gem stones. This country has most of the world's gem stones. That makes De Beers, for most dealers, the Diamond People. The De Beers board in August ordered the closing of Bultfon- tein one of the five great blue- ground chasms that have made Kimberley the world's diamond capital. PART OF REVISION" A company statement said the closing was part of long-term revision of mining plans here. Total output would be main- tained by increasing output from three ether mines still' being worked. Last year Bultfontein pro- duced 230.COO carats. At the same time, the Central Selling Organization or CSO, the De- Beers-owned monopoly that con- trols something like 80 per cent of the world's wholesale deal- ings in gem stones, had S290 million worth of diamonds in stock. This means London-based CSO was holding back that amount to avoid flooding the market and reducing prices. De Beers admits to having a monopoly of the market, but' claims there are special reasons j for it. Ups and downs in the copper and tin markets, for ex- j ample, create 'havoc but of a different kind. Tin and copper j have economic utility and it's I safe to assume manufacturers will always have use for them. ".Any similar destruction of j confidence in something that is a pure luxury would have very lasting effects." says De Beers. LARGE STORES RARE The diamond price structure is complex. A gem stone's price j depends on its weight in carats, its color, clarity and cut. For the last 80 years or so most gem stones have been me- chanically mined from under- j ground "pipes" that were the I blow-holes of extinct volcanoes. Today's engineers know where diamonds are to ba found, and how much it will cost to get them out. Only the large gem 12 carats or becom-! ing rarer. Miners are embar- rassed by the flow of smaller stones. A diamond is the hardest, the most imperishable and the most brilliant of minerals. It's among the rarest too and is fairly small and compact as a means of storing wealth. Ian Fleming wrote in one James Bond novei: I "You can carry enough dia- monds on your naked body to set you up for life." at govt. critics OTTAWA fCP) _ Corporate! Affairs Minister Pton BasfcrrI today hit back at critics of gov- ernment policy towards busi- ness. "Frankly, 1 have been sur- prised at, some of the comments put forward recently to the ef- fect that government rices not seem to fully understand busi- he said in a speech in the Central Canada Broadcasters Association. He said there is a climate of uncertainty in Canadian busi- ness because of eccnomic prob- lems. But the Canadian econ- omy did not operate in a vac- uum. "To assume or expect that the Canadian government can work some miracle to totally insulate cur economy from world events is both naive and uninformed." Mr. Basford said he realizes businessmen are unhappy about the tax reform bill, the new Canada Labor Code and the competition bill. But it was not anti-business to set aside million to help business to deal with the U.S. import surcharge. Ncr was it anti-business to inject billion into the cccnomy to stimulate buFincss. The minister also suggested it is not anti-business to want to sec the Canadian marketplace work fairly, honestly and com- petitively. The competition bill has been "superficially and unfairly rep- resented." Mr. Basford said. It had been criticized as being solely concerned with consumer benefits and not with the sur- vival of Canadian industry. But the bill was intended to maintain adequate competition so that production would meet consumer needs. "I reject any interpretation of this policy that presents it as being anti-business." The aim of the legislation was to remove barriers to effective competition. "The only businessmen who have cause to fear the competi- tion act, or to regard it in their terms as anti-business, are those who fear competition it- said Mr. Basford. Mr. Basford said no business- man could be against provisions in the bill to prohibit price-fix- ing, carving up markets or eliminating other competitors. IMPULSIVE ACTING BALTIMORE (AP) Ber- nard Braxton, a state prison in- mate, was taking part in a church skit depicting prison life when ho says he "just had this impulse to go home." Braxton slipped away during intermis- sion but was recaptured after a month's freedom. A judge or- dered him to serve an addi- tional six months for jailbreak. SIMPSONS-SEARS Our Lowest Price! THER-PROOF OWMOBILE N BOOTS WARM WATERPROOF SKID RESISTANT EASY-ON These are our lowest priced snowmobile boots ever! They're priced right for the whole family. Made with warmth and comfort in mind. Thick felt liners for deep down warmth. 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