Sunday, February 28, 2010

2010 Olympics – Day 16

Clos du Soleil really believes in the principle of keeping it simple. They make only two wines – Clos du Soleil White and Clos du Soleil Red -, they do not have a tasting room at this point and are not set up for tours just yet but their wines are available at many restaurants and wine shops in British Columbia. It all started in 2005 when a group of friends, with backgrounds in business, and a passion for great food and wine, were bitten by the “wine bug” and decided to open a winery in the Similkameen Valley of British Columbia. After acquiring a 10 acre parcel of land, those partners came together with Lawrence and Sharon Herder – from Herder Winery (day 15) – and a little further down the road, Ann Sperling, currently at Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara to craft wines that combine “old world elegance with a bit of new world edge and oomph.”

Now, the wines really do take a simple, old world approach. The Clos du Soleil White is always either 100% Sauvignon Blanc or a combination of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon - the 2007 vintage contained 5% Semillon. The Clos du Soleil Red is a classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot although the percentages do change from year to year depending a lot on what mother nature gives them during the growing season. Even though the winery does not have a store front operation, the wines can be ordered through their website and can be tasted at restaurants and wine shops throughout British Columbia.

Clos du Soleil
OFFICE ADDRESS: 1411 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC,
Canada V6H - 4E9
Phone: 778.837.4205
WINERY ADDRESS: 2568 Upper Bench Road
Keremeos, BC,
Canada V0X-1N4
Phone: 250.499.2831
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