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April 19, 2016 | Press Release

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards releases first vintage of Golden Mile Bench Chardonnay

Oliver, BC (April 19, 2016) – Tinhorn Creek Vineyards will release its first Golden Mile Bench Oldfield Series Chardonnay wine on May 1, 2016. Since 2009 Tinhorn Creek’s CEO and president Sandra Oldfield has been closely involved in efforts to create British Columbia’s first sub-appellation, the Golden Mile Bench, which is located on the western side of the Okanagan Valley, opposite the Black Sage Bench, just south of Oliver.

“The unique soil of the Golden Mile Bench is very rocky as it comes from the mountain ridge behind the bench, not from glacial deposits like most of the valley,” says Tinhorn’s Winemaker Andrew Windsor. “The new Oldfield Series Chardonnay has a deep golden colour from its long and gentle aging in oak. The nose jumps out of the glass with intense honey comb, white flowers, caramel and citrus fruit. It has immense palate weight while retaining a lovely linear and fresh citrusy flavour. The balance is incredible. The palate delivers in waves, honey, lemon, marzipan, biscotti, and pineapple. It keeps coming, layer after layer, and the finish seems to last forever.”

In March 2015 the new sub-DVA ‘Designated Viticultural Area’ of the Okanagan Valley DVA was granted by the BC government, recognizing the Golden Mile Bench’s unique terroir due to its unique rocky soil and micro-climate that benefits from afternoon sunshine - making it cooler than the eastern side of the valley.

There will be limited availability for this first release – join Tinhorn Creek’s “Oldfield Club” to get your hands on a bottle or look out for it on select restaurant’s wine lists – including Miradoro, the recent winner of Vancouver Magazine’s Best Winery Restaurant Gold award for the fifth consecutive year.

Time Posted: Apr 19, 2016 at 11:18 AM
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April 22, 2015 | Press Release

Congratulations Miradoro!

 

Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards recognized with 4th Gold at 26th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards


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. 

 

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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.

 

Media Contact: 

Hawksworth Communications 

Sarah Lusk / sarah@hawksworth.ca 

Annabel Hawksworth / annabel@hawksworth.ca 

604.609.6678

 

Time Posted: Apr 22, 2015 at 10:48 AM
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May 21, 2014 | Press Release

Golden Mile Bench Proposes to become Okanagan Valley's First Sub-Appellation

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.

 

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Questions & Answers

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.

 

 

Winery contacts:

CC Jentsch Cellars
Chris Jentsch
jentsch@eastlink.ca

CheckMate Artisanal Winery
David Wilson
dwilson@markanthony.com

Culmina Family Estate Winery
Donald Triggs
donald.triggs@culmina.ca

Fairview Cellars
Bill Eggert
beggert@img.net

Gehringer Brothers
Walter Gehringer
w.gehringer@telus.net

Hester Creek
Mark Sheridan
Mark@hestercreek.com

Inniskillin Okanagan

Josie Tyabji
Josie.Tyabji@cbrands.com

Golden Mile Cellars Inc. (Road 13)
Pam Luckhurst
pam@road13vineyards.com

Rustico Farm and Cellars Ltd.
Bruce Fuller
bfuller@rusticowinery.com

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
Sandra Oldfield
sandra@tinhorn.com

   

Media Contact:

Annabel Hawksworth
Annabel@Hawksworth.ca
604.609.6678

Time Posted: May 21, 2014 at 9:17 AM