The 3rd annual Wine & Liquor Law in BC Conference will be held on Monday, February 27, 2012 at the Metropolitan Hotel in Vancouver. The conference immediately precedes the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival and particularly its Trade Days component which runs from Feb 29th through Mar 2nd. The wine and liquor law conference will cover the latest legal and regulatory developments in the industry including shipping law reform, taxation, licensing, geographical indicators, third-party marketing, and the economics of the BC industry. Speakers include Thomas Carey (Dickenson Peatman Fogarty, Napa), Jeffrey Thomas (BC Wine Authority), Bert Hick (Rising Tide Consultants, Vancouver), Ian Tostenson (BC Restaurant & Food Association), Andy Hira (SFU), Randy Wilson (Liquor Plus, Victoria), Chris Wilson (Bull Housser Tupper, Vancouver), Al Hudec (Farris, Vancouver), Tony Stewart (Quails Gate Winery), Mike Raffan (Township 7 Winery), William Knutson (Spierhead Winery) and myself (I am co-chair with Chris Wilson). You will not want to miss this essential conference if you are involved in any way in the wine or liquor industry in BC. Full information and online registration is here on the conference organizer web site. Plus if you are a reader of "winelaw.ca" or are attending the Playhouse Wine Festival, you can get a 50% discount on the conference fee (register as a "student" on the registration page to obtain a discounted rate of $297.50 - 50% off the regular $595 fee). Hope to see you there.