Manuel Ferreira of Vancouver’s Le Gavroche restaurant gave Tinhorn Creek’s Sandra Oldfield one of her first big restaurant orders after she, a native of Sonoma County, California, put down roots in B.C.’s South Okanagan. The two have done business together ever since, now over 15 years, so it seems reasonable that Ferreira and Oldfield should join forces in the development of a restaurant at the winery.
Open since April, Miradoro has been warmly welcomed by Golden Mile diners. Under the direction of executive chef Jeff Van Geest of Mount Pleasant’s famed former Aurora Bistro, Miradoro’s Mediterranean-inspired flavours complement sommelier Justin McAuliffe’s hand-picked selection of wines from across British Columbia.
Yes, indeed, there are more to choose from than just Tinhorn vintages, but with a library of current and rare releases on hand, you may not want to deviate too far from the winery’s path. Instead, pair the Tinhorn wines with the dishes deliciously designed for them, such as the 2007 Oldfield Series Syrah with roast lamb marinated in yoghurt and ras el hanout and served over preserved apricot, Israeli couscous and a smear of carrot purée. Or make for patio perfection with tasting portions and Spanish-style tapas like charred chorizo and octopus, a smoky favourite. You can sit and sip in the sun all day, enjoying them all.
But book that balcony seat now if you plan on catching any iteration of Tinhorn’s beloved Canadian Concert Series, held in the amphitheatre below on the last Saturday of each month during high season. Or reserve the panoptic table 110, nicknamed by Tinhorn Creek staff as “The Deal Table”. They joke it’s reserved solely for diners with an agenda in business or, better yet, in love. There’s no better place to pop the question: red or white?