Clos du Soleil Dinner with BCWAS: Get Your TIckets

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The BC Wine Appreciation Society has a dinner with Clos du Soleil.  Wines you will enjoy plus ticket details are below. Enjoy!


Those of you who were on  our 2012 bus tour will remember the delicious wine dinner we had with Clos du Soleil at the Watermark – and now owner Spencer Massie and winemaker Ann Sperling are coming all the way from the Similkameen to visit us!

In 2005, Spencer and a group of friends fell in love with the Similkameen, and decided to found a winery. In 2006, they planted their vineyards with all Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Spencer and Ann Sperling were high school classmates, and by 2009, Ann was on board as winemaker.

The name Clos du Soleil refers to rocks, sun, and soil, from the mountain that forms a tall natural stone wall at the back of the vineyard, the cobbled terroir, and the long days of sun which pour in on the Similkameen Bench, one of BC’s most unique and promising microclimates. Clos du Soleil is highly committed to bio-dynamic farming practices, and to the French ideals of producing quality wines from their unique place.

Partners Spencer Massie & Les Le Quelenc with Ann Sperling 

                                                             Photo by John Schreiner


We are thrilled to be able to try this great lineup of wines! Included are two mini-verticals, one white and one red, as well as a great group of the rest of their lovely wines. Clos du Soleil is also generously donating a magnum of the Bordeaux-style Signature – so don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets!

The wines you will enjoy are:

  • Pinot Blanc 2013
  • Rosé 2013
  • Fumé Blanc 2013
  • Capella Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (the first vintage!)
  • Capella Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (compare with the 2006)
  • Merlot 2011
  • Celestiale Bordeaux-style blend 2011
  • Signature Bordeaux-style blend 2008 (compare the 2008 and 2011)
  • Signature Bordeaux-style blend 2011
  • Saturn late harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2013

What a great way to start our summer – with a bit of “soleil”.

Several of our tastings this year have sold out. Sign up quickly to make sure you don’t miss this one!


Tuesday June 10, 2014


7:30 to 9:30 pm


Vancouver Masonic Centre, 1495 West 8th Ave (just off Granville)


Non-Members: $59


Click here to sign up:


2014 Upcoming Events:

Don’t miss our AGM on Monday June 16! This year we’re at a new venue, the Vancouver Film School on 88 East Pender. Come on out, bring a bottle of wine, enjoy the food the Society is providing, socialize with your fellow “winos”, and do a bit of Society business, too. We promise – the business part is over quickly!

The annual barbecue of the Vancouver American Wine Society is Sunday August 10. Once more, VAWS has invited BCWAS members to attend their annual barbecue at VAWS member rates. Always a fun time! This year, it’s in the gorgeous Kerrisdale backyard belonging to Larry Burr. Join us for food, wine, and bocce, and don’t forget your swimsuit.

Our 9th Annual Bus Tour is September 6/7, the weekend after Labour Day. We’ll be in Kelowna and Lake Country this year. The Saturday lunch will be at Gray Monk, our Saturday dinner will be at CedarCreek, and as always, Joy Road will be cooking us a wonderful Sunday lunch, this year at Tantalus Winery.

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Please make sure you have a safe way home – take transit, call a cab, or ask a friend to be a designated driver. We will have transit tickets on hand for those who take BC Transit home.

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds. If you cannot attend the event, please let us know with as much advance notice as possible and we’ll try to re-sell your ticket, but we cannot guarantee this.

How Many Vineyards are in BC?

Have you ever wondered how much area of BC is covered with wine grapes?  Well it has been steadily growing.  The 2011 BC Grape Acreage Report was recently released and has some very interesting statistics that I would like to share with you.

Some Findings from the Report:

With 9,866.52 acres (3,946 hectares) of wine grapes planted in British Columbia, up 8.7% from 2008, the report’s author Lynn Bremmer of Mount Kobau Wine Services notes, “the overall grape acreage was limited in growth somewhat over the past three years due to a number of factors, including re-plants of existing vineyards to new varieties.” All of British Columbia’s designated viticultural areas have increased their number of vineyards by at least 5% since 2008, with the most significant regions of growth being Vancouver Island (up 24.3%) and the Similkameen Valley (up 19.2%). There are also new areas of growth throughout the province, including Shuswap/Spallumcheen, Kootenays, Lillooet/Lytton and Kamloops.

Varietal plantings showing some of the greatest increases include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.

2011 BC Wine Grape Crop Report Summary:

There are 9,866.52 acres (3,946 hectares) of wine grapes in BC

  • 48 % White grapes, 52 % Red grapes
  • 95.7 % Vinifera grapes, 4.3 % hybrids

The most planted varieties in order of acres:

  1. Merlot  (Take that “Sideways”.  My comment.)
  2. Pinot Gris
  3. Chardonnay
  4. Pinot Noir (Wow, Pinot Noir 2nd most planted red grape!)
  5. Cabernet Sauvignon
  6. Gewurztraminer
  7. Syrah
  8. Cabernet Franc
  9. Riesling (Another interesting fact.  I thought it would be higher than Gewurztraminer.)
  10. Sauvignon Blanc

There are *210 licensed grape wineries in BC and 24 additional growers indicated they will start a winery in the future
There are 864 vineyards in BC (both winery and independently owned), with acreage distributed as follows:

  • 81.7 % in the Okanagan Valley
  • 7.0 % in the Similkameen Valley
  • 8.3 % in the Coastal Areas
  • 3.0 % in Other areas of BC

61.7 % of wine grape acreage is winery owned or controlled and 38.3 % is owned by independent grape growers

Average winery vineyard holdings is 28.97 acres

Average independent grower vineyard size is 6.6 acres

All these wine grape stats and more are available at the BC Wine Publications and Reports web page.  Enjoy!