As spring was ushered in, the 11 wineries of the Golden Mile Bench received long-awaited news that they were officially declared as British Columbia’s first official sub-appellation. The announcement came from Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick March 30 at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in Oliver.
“Anyone can tell a story about their area, but a sub-appellation allows us to characterize unique geological characteristics that tie us all together,” says Sandra Oldfield, Tinhorn Creek’s president and CEO. “In addition
, the consumer now has the confidence that the grapes [at least 95 percent] came from that specific area on the label and they can start seeing how these wines relate to one another over time.”
The designation is a significant step for the province, as it’s the first major change the B.C. wine map has seen since the early 1990s, when the five current wine regions were carved out: Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands.
These regions are vast, however, and carry many geographical differences even within themselves. Breaking them into smaller zones allows producers to build a more meaningful reputation on the global market by demonstrating the wine style, varietal or characteristics unique to more specific appellations.
It took over six years for proponents of the Golden Mile Bench to systematically delineate why the area is distinctly separate from others in the region, but their efforts have at last paid off.
“The British Columbia Wine Authority . . . conducted a review of the application made by wineries from the area and recommended that the B.C. government approve the new sub-geographical indicator,” says Dave Townsend, government communications officer for the Ministry of Agriculture.
Criteria that the Golden Mile had to meet included grape production at commercially viable levels, a geographically distinct area with clearly defined boundaries, and wines consistently demonstrating distinctive characteristics relating to shared soil, topography and climate.
“Our grapes grow on a series of alluvial fan material that is very rocky with amazing minerality,” says Oldfield. “The soil is not from glacial deposits and silts as the majority of the valley is, but from the mountain ridge the Golden Mile Bench backs up onto. The area is defined not only by its unique alluvial fan soil but also as an east-facing bench, higher elevation off the valley floor and a 5-15 percent slope allowing for frost-free growing conditions.”
We are celebrating Canada's birthday with our own special Red and White Day!
Starting at midnight on June 30, 2015 and ending at midnight on July 1, 2015 order a case (12 bottles) of any of the following wines and receive FREE SHIPPING!
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Oliver, BC (April 22, 2015) – Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek, was honoured with a gold medal for Best Winery/Vineyard Dining, for the fourth consecutive year at yesterday’s 26th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.
Vancouver Magazine describes Miradoro's Chef Jeff Van Geest as having "dug himself deep into the South Okanagan terrior, delivering authentically wholesome, unpretentious comfort food that mirrors the Tinhorn cellar uncannily. Anything from the wood-fired oven (starting with locally topped pizzas) is a win."
Restaurateur and co-owner Manuel Ferreira says that Miradoro's goal has always been to create an exceptional and authentic all-around dining experience in the South Okanagan. "We have always striven to maintain the highest standard of service and this award reflects the tireless dedication from both Chef Jeff Van Geest and our entire team. We at Miradoro are humbled to have received this accolade for the past four years”.
Held at the Sheraton Wall Centre yesterday the announcement of this prestigious award serves to reinforce Miradoro’s position as the Okanagan’s leading dining venue; celebrated for it’s creativity and commitment to local and sustainable produce its spectacular setting offers panoramic views of the vineyards, farms and lush valley below.
About Miradoro Restaurant
At Miradoro Restaurant the Mediterranean-influenced wine country cuisine showcases the region’s finest ingredients alongside the award-winning wines of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards. Perched on the picturesque winery estate on the famed Golden Mile, the destination restaurant offers stunning views of the South Okanagan Valley. Its unique design seamlessly integrates a modern look with the natural landscape and the more traditional design of Tinhorn Creek’s winery and barrel cellar. The 4,000-square-foot space features 65 seats indoors and 65 seats outdoors on a wraparound deck, ample use of natural woods and cork creates a room that is simple, elegant — and lets the food, wine and view be the stars of the show. Miradoro Restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11:30am–3:00pm, for tapas from 3:00pm-5:00pm and for dinner from 5:00pm–9:00pm. For more information, please call 250-498-3742 or visit www.miradoro.ca.
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The 2015 Canadian Concert Series is now available online. Check out these up and coming Canadian bands and come out to enjoy a great night at the concert.
Grand Finale Saturday September 12 The Trews
We want to see you enjoying Tinhorn Creek wines this holiday season. Post photos of you enjoying Tinhorn Creek wines, wherever and however you are celebrating the holiday season, to our Facebook page and you will be entered to win a 3L Oldfield Series Merlot*.
You can also enter on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by tagging your posts with #TinhornHoliday
The contest runs December 11, 2014 to January 4, 2015.
For every photo you post you get one (1) entry and you can get bonus entries if you include the following:
PLUS... For every 10 votes your photo recieves on Facebook you get one (1) additional entry!
The above photo gets the following entries
*We must be able to ship it to you, so you have to live in Canada or have a Canadian address we can ship it to. Or if you can come and pick it up within a reasonable amount of time (approx 3 months).
Harvest 2014 has officially begun! We started this year's harvest on Friday, September 12 by hand-picking the Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat from our Tinhorn Creek Vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench. Both of these were whole bunch pressed together before making their way into a small stainless steel tank to ferment. Eventually they will be blended with Semillon, Viognier, and Chardonnay to make our Oldfield Series 2Bench White.
Join Miradoro and cheer on your favourite soccer team during the semi-finals and finals!
Starting Tuesday July 8 Miradoro will be hosting World Cup Communal Table Lunches. For $35 you get a 3-course lunch while you cheer on your team. Each lunch will have 2 menus for you to choose from. The menus will be themed around what team are playing each other.
We already know that Germany is playing on Tuesday July 8 at 1pm, so one menu will be German themed, but what will the other be?
Check the Miradoro Facebook page to find out the themes of the upcoming menus!
Call Miradoro to make your reservation - 250-498-3742
To celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the passing of Bill C-311 we are offering FREE SHIPPING on full cases (12 bottles) anywhere in Canada on June 28, 2014.
You can mix & match however you would like to make up a case (or multiple cases if you would like!). The only requirement is that you have to order in multiples of 12 bottles.
How do you order? Simply visit our online store, select your wines, and at check-out enter the coupon code CANADAFREE.
PLUS... We decided to release our Oldfield Series Pinot Noir 2010 a little bit early. It's been collecting great reviews and medals everywhere it goes. It sold out in less than 6 months last year and at $29.99 a bottle it won't be around long. Take advantage of today's (June 28, 2014) FREE SHIPPING and order some today.
We've now been making our Half Screwed Sangria every year the Half Corked Marathon has been around. We've made it with Cab Franc, Rosé, Chardonnay, and Merlot. It doesn't seem to matter what wine you use in this recipe it always turns out great.
Here are the recipes for our Half Screwed Sangria and the Cucumber Gazpacho from Miradoro Restaurant. Enjoy!
Wineries located on the Golden Mile Bench wine growing area near Oliver in British Columbia have submitted a proposal to become the first official sub-DVA "Designated Viticultural Area" of the Okanagan Valley DVA. An in-depth scientific analysis by scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre – Summerland (AAFC-PARC Summerland) has shown the area has a combination of landform, landscape position, mesoclimate, air drainage and soil materials that make it distinct within the Okanagan Valley, contributing to the production of unique wines.
A group of producers in the area have been exploring the concept of proposing a Golden Mile Bench DVA since 2009. After much discussion, debate and an in-depth study of the region's terroir by Scott Smith, M.Sc. Soil Scientist with AAFC-PARC Summerland in conjunction with Dr. Pat Bowen, Ph.D. Research Scientist, Viticulture and Plant Physiology also at AAFC-PARC Summerland, the final boundaries were decided. Wine consultant, Rhys Pender MW of Wine Plus+ helped to compile the proposal.
With the Okanagan Valley DVA comprising around four-fifths of all British Columbia's vineyard area, yet producing wines from many different mesoclimates and terroirs, it is a widely held belief that there is a need to break this large, single appellation into meaningful, scientifically unique sub-DVAs that produce distinctive wines. Golden Mile Bench is the first such application to the BC Wine Authority.
The proposal was submitted to the BC Wine Authority (BCWA) on May 20th. The BCWA will conduct consultations within the region and a vote by ballot amongst the relevant stakeholders within the proposed region's boundaries. Once the due diligence has been completed the BCWA will submit the proposal to the Minister for approval.
Any enquiries about the status of the proposal should be directed to the BC Wine Authority (http://www.bcvqa.ca).
A question and answer section with more details is included below.
When will the Golden Mile Bench DVA become official?
The proposal has been submitted to the BC Wine Authority who conduct the process as laid out in the Wines of Marked Quality Regulation before submitting the proposal to the Minister for approval. There is currently no existing time estimate.
Who conducted the scientific study to determine the proposed boundaries?
The boundaries were decided after in-depth analysis by Scott Smith, a soil scientist with the Pacific Agri - Food Research Centre (PARC) in Summerland in conjunction with Dr. Pat Bowen, a Viticulture Research Scientist also at PARC.
Will some vineyards or wineries be excluded from the new DVA?
The area of the proposed DVA has been drawn up using a scientific basis. Some producers in the area have vineyards both in and out of the proposed DVA and some vineyards are even cut into two by the boundaries. Also, any winery who buys grapes from within the proposed DVA can use those grapes to make a Golden Mile Bench DVA designation.
Will there be more sub-DVAs created in the near future?
All those involved hope that this will be the start of creating a number of scientifically defined unique sub-DVAs that help tell the story of the unique regions of the Okanagan Valley.
What does a sub-DVA mean and how will it appear on labels?
When a sub-DVA is created, it applies to all of the vineyards within the defined boundaries. Any winery (not just those located in the sub-DVA) making wine from grapes grown within the sub-DVA could use the name “Golden Mile Bench” on the label of that particular wine.
CC Jentsch Cellars
CheckMate Artisanal Winery
Culmina Family Estate Winery
Golden Mile Cellars Inc. (Road 13)
Rustico Farm and Cellars Ltd.
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards