Tinhorn Creek Staff
February 14, 2012 | Tinhorn Creek Staff


The rumours are true! Last Thursday we received the signed contract from Sloan for our Grand Finale Concert on September 8, 2012.

Set your reminders as tickets will go on sale April 1st at 9am.

Plan weekend getaway for the Sloan concert with one of our preferred hotel partners - Walnut Beach Resort, Watermark Beach Resort.

Time Posted: Feb 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Tinhorn Creek Staff
January 12, 2012 | Tinhorn Creek Staff

2011 Icewine Harvest

The 2011 Harvest is official over! We picked 3.6 tonnes of Kerner for our Icewine this morning. It was a chilly -10C when we started picking just before 7am this morning. It's an all staff effort - tasting room, marketing, hospitality, admin, cellar, and vineyard. It took only 1.5 hours to pick and then we all headed to the tasting room to warm up with coffee, hot chocolate, and other tasty treats.

The first press is completed and intial tests show the juice at 44 brix. Once we are done pressing the Kerner juice will ferment for about 3 months in a small tank before bottling. The 2011 Oldfield Series Kerner Icewine will be released on July 1, 2012.


Time Posted: Jan 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Tinhorn Creek Staff
November 21, 2011 | Tinhorn Creek Staff

The Communal Table at Miradoro Restaurant

Miradoro Restaurant, British Columbia’s premiere winery restaurant, is pleased to announce The Communal Table, its weekly late-harvest dining series featuring fine Okanagan ingredients. The destination restaurant at Tinhorn Creek offers stunning panoramic views of the South Okanagan Valley wine country and features Mediterranean-influenced cuisine that showcases the region’s finest ingredients.

Premiering Tuesday, November 22nd, The Communal Table will bring together locals and visitors to celebrate regional food and wine and friends both old and new. Carefully crafted by Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest, the first of the series’ weekly-changing family style menus opens with a light salad of lettuces dressed in good olive oil and vinegar with preserved summer tomatoes and soft-boiled egg. Beef Kalimotxo Cocido, a rich one-pot meal of Okanagan’s Finest Angus Beef neck braised in red wine and cola with local vegetables, porcini mushrooms, potatoes and broad beans, is a hearty main course served as multiple dishes. Fresh cheese with Similkameen honey and Agassiz hazelnuts is a delightful third course, while chestnut and marsala cake with amoretti and dulce de leche gelato round out the meal.

In keeping with Miradoro Restaurant’s food philosophy, The Communal Table will feature fare that is local, rustic, simple, straightforward and seasonal. In the kitchen, Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest is guided by the belief that there’s nothing better than simple, well-prepared ingredients from our local fields, forests and ocean. Drawing inspiration from Spain, Portugal and Italy – cuisines designed to pair perfectly with wine — Van Geest works closely with local farmers and producers to pay homage to the bounty of the Okanagan.

Held at 6:30pm on Tuesdays from November 22nd until the end of the year, The Communal Table menu is $25 per person. Reservations are required. Individual dates will be cancelled if a Christmas party is booked. 

Time Posted: Nov 21, 2011 at 10:50 AM
Tinhorn Creek Staff
November 2, 2011 | Tinhorn Creek Staff

2011 Harvest

The cool spring this year meant that Andrew Moon, our viticulturist, and Sandra Oldfield, our winemaker, had to carefully monitor the vineyard to ensure that the grapes would reach full ripeness. The cool spring and slightly later start to the summer weather pushed the start date of harvest back almost 2 weeks. We started our harvest on September 28 with Pinot Gris from our Diamondback Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench. In a perfect year once harvest starts it is fairly constant with maybe a day or two here and there that we do not pick. This year there were three or four days in between picking days which really seemed to make harvest drag out, but also made for a much more relaxed harvest... until the end of October. Around October 26 the temperatures took a nose dive and the vineyard and cellar teams had some very long days as they worked constantly to bring in most of our reds. Luckily for us by this time the reds were ripe enough to harvest thanks to Andrew's management of the vineyard prior to harvest.

We did have one block of Cabernet Franc that Andrew and Sandra felt was not going to reach full ripeness (as the rest of the Cabernet Franc blocks would), but it would perfect for a rose. After some deliberation and monitoring, to see if it would ripen further, the decision was then made to harvest that one block of Cabernet Franc specifically for a rose. In total we will have just under 1400 cases of 2011 Oldfield Series Rose and it will only be available at the winery and Miradoro Restaurant. To forewarn you though... For the 2012 vintage the rose will go back to being a very limited production (200-300 cases) and will only be available to our Crush Club members and at Miradoro Restaurant.

Time Posted: Nov 2, 2011 at 11:15 AM
Tinhorn Creek Staff
September 21, 2011 | Tinhorn Creek Staff

Pumpkin Carving Contest @ Miradoro

September 21, 2011

Pumpkin Carving Contest @ Miradoro

Miradoro is holding a Pumpking Carving Contest on October 22, 2011 from 11:30am-1:30pm for kids aged 3-12. Kids carving pumpkins will receive a complimentary lunch.

All pumpkins will be judged by Miradoro visitors from October 22-30. Winners will be announced on October 30. Prizes will be awarded for kids aged 3-7 and 8-12.

For more info please contact Miradoro at 250.498.3742

Time Posted: Sep 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM
Tinhorn Creek Staff
July 26, 2011 | Tinhorn Creek Staff

Tinhorn Creek Donates $9500 to the Boys & Girls Club

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards continues its commitment to local charities with the presentation of $9500.00 to the Boys and Girls Club of Canada.  Since 2005 the BC winery has contributed to various Boys and Girls Clubs programs in local communities, with their cumulative cash donations equalling over $75,000. This year’s donation was presented on July 21st at Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek in Oliver, BC by Tinhorn Creek Vineyards VP and CFO Shaun Everest.

This year, Tinhorn Creek’s donation will support Boys and Girls Clubs in five communities throughout BC and Alberta including: The Boys and Girls Club Oliver Youth Centre Initiative, Okanagan Falls Summer Youth Centre, the Year-Round Youth Centre in Osoyoos, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary, Ready, Set, Go! Preschool Program, The  Boys and Girls Clubs of Great Vancouver, Afterschool Enhancement Program, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton, Kaleidoscope Program and The Boys and Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria Central Saanich Club Program. Tinhorn Creek Vineyards values the continued dedication to children of all ages demonstrated by Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and are thrilled to be able to contribute to these programs and communities.

Time Posted: Jul 26, 2011 at 11:19 AM
Tinhorn Creek Staff
June 30, 2011 | Tinhorn Creek Staff

Tinhorn Creek Pinot Noir is Back

Varietal Series Pinot Noir.  Typically a July release, Tinhorn Creek chose not to release the Pinot Noir last summer.  Rather than release it according to schedule, Tinhorn decided that the Pinot Noir would benefit from an additional year of bottle aging and held it back to give it more time to be at it’s best for their customers.


On making this decision Sandra Oldfield, President & CEO of Tinhorn Creek, says “When we tasted the Pinot Noir from our in-house library, we found our Pinot Noir showed a much greater character after an additional year of aging. We want our customers to be able to experience these added layers of complexity for themselves, so we made the difficult decision of holding the wine back for an additional year of aging in the bottle.”

This was not the only change to the Pinot Noir program at Tinhorn Creek. A decision was also made to make an Oldfield Series Pinot Noir in addition to the Varietal Series Pinot Noir. The difference between these two Pinot Noirs can found in vineyard practices, oak programs, but most significantly in the bottle aging time. The Varietal Series Pinot Noir will have two years of bottle aging before it is released and the Oldfield Series Pinot Noir will have three years.

The Tinhorn Creek Pinot Noir 2008 will be released tomorrow (July 1, 2011) and the Oldfield Series Pinot Noir 2008 will be released in 2012.


Time Posted: Jun 30, 2011 at 11:21 AM
Tinhorn Creek Staff
June 23, 2011 | Tinhorn Creek Staff

Sandra Oldfield Named CEO & President of Tinhorn Creek

The Tinhorn Creek Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Sandra Oldfield to the position of President and CEO of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards effective June 16, 2011.  Sandra will retain the 

title and responsibilities of Winemaker. As president of Tinhorn Creek, Oldfield will be responsible for overall strategic direction of the winery.

Oldfield brings 20 years of experience and personal passion in the wine industry. She joined Tinhorn Creek as Winemaker in 1995, rising to serve as the Chief Operating Officer in 2008.  She has spearheaded several innovative projects in the last few years such as leading Tinhorn to become the first Carbon Neutral winery in Canada, just one of the initiatives under Tinhorn Creek’s sustainability and stewardship program.  This year the company achieved an impressive 28% reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions or tonnes of CO2 Equivalents over last year.

Also under Oldfield’s leadership, Tinhorn recently became the first small employer in British Columbia to become COR (Certificate of Recognition) certified in BC’s Food and Beverage Industry.

The certification came after an 18 month long process that was aimed at making all aspects of the business (vineyard, hospitality, winery, production, and offices) safer for all employees. COR certification is granted by the Food Industry Occupational Safety Association (FIOSA) of BC.

A native of California, winemaker and owner Sandra Oldfield arrived at Tinhorn Creek from Santa Rosa, California in time for the 1995 crush.  Since then, she has taken the production from 1,000 cases to more than 35,000 cases.  She gained her early experience at Rodney Strong Vineyards in Sonoma, CA.  Before leaving California, Sandra had been studying enology at the University of California at Davis (UC Davis).  She put her studies on hold while her time and energy went to getting the winery up and running.  She then resumed her winemaking studies (along with studying Canadian history).  Her efforts were rewarded in the spring of 2002 with a master’s degree in Enology from UC Davis and Canadian citizenship in October 2002.  Sandra, her husband, Kenn Oldfield, and their daughter Melody live in a house perched at top of the Tinhorn Creek winery vineyards.


Time Posted: Jun 23, 2011 at 11:22 AM
Tinhorn Creek Staff
June 1, 2011 | Tinhorn Creek Staff

K-OS Wraps up Tinhorn Creek's Canadian Concert Series

This fall Tinhorn Creek Amphitheatre will be an evening of k-os.  Hit musician, k-os wraps up summer with the Grand Finale concert.


September 10th, 2011 
Concert @ 7pm, Doors @ 6:30pm
Tickets $60
To purchase tickets call the winery - 888.484.6467 or click here.


Adding to the excitement this year is the opportunity to experience Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek.  Enjoy a pre-concert meal, post concert nibbles or experience the pleasure of watching the concert while dining from the scenic patio of Miradoro.  Contact Miradoro for a patio dining and concert package. www.miradoro.ca or 250.498.3742

k-os is a Toronto-bred emcee/vocalist whose socially aware raps and heartfelt melodies have put him at the forefront of the generation of rap artists who are pushing the limits of hip hop culture (i.e. Andre 3000 of Outkast, Missy Elliot). He has even added to his musical repertoire by playing guitar and piano on a few of the new songs. Much like Lauryn Hill, the artist he's often compared to, his music is a testament to his rare ability to harmonize and emcee, ignoring any creative straitjackets imposed on him by narrow rap or R&B categorizations. Though k-os may be compared to many great artists, his versatility makes it almost impossible to truly compare him to any other musician.

Time Posted: Jun 1, 2011 at 11:29 AM
Tinhorn Creek Staff
June 1, 2011 | Tinhorn Creek Staff

A Stunning 28% Reduction on Greenhouse Gas Emission

Producer of highly acclaimed, award winning wines, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards continues to further sustainability practices by achieving an impressive 28% reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions or 

tonnes of CO2 Equivalents over last year.  The May 9th carbon inventory submitted by Tinhorn Creek was approved by Climate Smart, who help businesses measure and reduce their carbon footprint while cutting costs.

•    41% reduction overall in waste sent to landfill.  More waste was sent to be recycled than to the landfill for the first time in the winery’s history.
•    32% reduction in electricity usage in all areas of the vineyard and winery buildings.  Some of this (approx. 15%) was possibly due to a more temperate year, but the remainder was due to efficiencies such as a lights out policy in areas where work is not occurring.
•    26% reduction is Green House Gas emissions due mainly to the use of bio-diesel fuel and more efficient use of farm tractors.
•    38% reduction of paper usage due to the use of double-sided copies, use of paperless faxes and less printing overall.

Every year since 2009, COO and Winemaker Sandra Oldfield calculates the total greenhouse gas emissions produced by the winery, targets areas to cut emissions with a continued effort towards 100% carbon neutral practices, and finally, offsets the carbon footprint with the help of Vancouver based Offsetters, Canada’s premier provider of high quality solutions for individuals and organizations seeking to reduce their climate impact.

Tinhorn Creek’s 2011 goal is a multi-pronged approach:
•    Energy efficient upgrades--such as retrofitting facilities with LED lighting following a lighting audit.
•    Reductions in employee travel--the company encourages employees to seek practical alternatives when considering their travel needs.  For example, Winemaker Sandra Oldfield participates in ‘Virtual Tastings’ with media and wine buyers.
•    Incorporating 100% of Miradoro organic waste into our grape waste compost program
•    The winery is embarking on a program to convert all 130 planted acres to drip irrigation.

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has been a vanguard in responsible practices since its inception in 1994 and has been recognized by The Land Conservancy as a partner for their ongoing stewardship. They developed systems with South Okanagan-Similkameen Stewardship Program that has led to placing snake fences around the vineyard property to protect visitors, staff and snakes. Tinhorn Creek has also worked with local community based organizations to re-plant indigenous bushes and grasses. 100% of plant based harvest waste is composted and put back into the property. Lightweight eco-glass is imported from Seattle to ensure that all wine packaging is sourced from the Pacific Northwest.


Time Posted: Jun 1, 2011 at 11:24 AM