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A Visit to Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek

by paulkamon on April 11, 2011

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With the exception of Burrowing Owl’s Sonora Room, there wasn’t a lot of quality wine-forward dining options in the South Okanagan. With the opening of Miradoro, a joint venture between Tinhorn Creek and restaurateur Manuel Ferreira (of Vancouver’s famed Le Gavroche), BC’s famed wine region continues to mature, as planned, into a prime culinary tourism destination. 

^ Tinhorn Creek winemaker Sandra Oldfield leads a wine tasting in the barrel room

To start us off right on our visit, Tinhorn Creek’s resident winemaker, the talented and affable Sandra Oldfield along with assistant Korol Kuklo and viticulturist and vineyard manager Andrew Moon, led our group through an informative tasting of the winery’s flagship offerings paired with some bites from Miradoro’s new tapas menu.

Note to wine nerds: Sandra has made a small quantity of rosé with some of her beloved Cabernet Franc grapes and it is only available at the winery store and in the restaurant. That alone is worth the trip!

Miradoro, the new 4,000 square foot restaurant features 65 seats indoors and 65 seats outdoors on a wrap-around deck with panoramic views of the South Okanagan Valley below. Liberal use of natural woods and cork bring a nice warmth to the large open concept and the construction and operation of Miradoro all reflect Tinhorn Creek’s commitment to sustainable practices, from the passive solar design of the building to a kitchen composting program that nourishes the surrounding vineyards, as well as a soon to be planted herb garden in the backyard.

^ The Miradoro patio overlooks the valley and also the property's amphitheater where they have an exciting concert series planned for the summer

Before breaking ground, Tinhorn Creek worked with The Land Conservancy to identify native plant species to be replanted after construction, minimizing the impact to the natural habitats surrounding the restaurant.

True to form, locavore Chef Van Geest also has ambitious plans to take full advantage of the surrounding farms to source for the restaurant, drawing upon the region’s annual harvest to stock the restaurant larder with food at its prime flavour using different preserving techniques.

Here are a few photos of the dishes we sampled from the lunch, dinner, and dessert menu that were seamlessly paired with some of Tinhorn Creek’s award-winning wines.

*NOTE: these pictures are of sample sized plates. The actual dishes have larger servings.

^ Chorizo Consommé, peas, olive caviar

^ Grilled Humboldt Squid, red fife wheat berry salad, grapefruit, caper vinaigrette

^ Pizza Funghi - morel mushroom, asparagus, Okanagan chevre

^ Forno Roasted Chicken, fingerling potatoes, prunes, bacon, sage

^ Roast Lamb in yoghurt & ras al hanout with preserved apricot, carrot puree, cous cous

^ Dulce de Leche frita – fried custard with citrus salad

^ The talented team behind Miradoro, General Manager and Sommelier Justin McAuliffe, Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest, and Restaurateur Manuel Ferreira

A big congratulations to the staff of Miradoro and Tinhorn Creek Winery for all their hard work bringing this dream to reality. I am thrilled to report, we now have another exceptional reason to make the trip to the South Okanagan and drop in for a visit!

32830 Tinhorn Creek Road | Oliver

Tel: 250-498-3742


Hours of Operation:

Lunch – 11:30am to 3pm
Lighter Fare – 3pm to 5:30pm
Dinner – 5:30pm to 9pm

~ PK

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

jackie connelly April 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm

That…is a beautiful building.
And I want the pizza and Dulce de Leche frita please&thank you :)

Sandy Hamilton April 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

Just what the South Okanagan needed! Congratualtions to Sandra and the rest of the team.

Rasoul April 13, 2011 at 11:10 pm

A very welcome addition indeed. Looking forward to join you for many meals. With the caliber of both front n back of the house you cant go wrong. Congrats again.

KM August 7, 2011 at 9:02 am

We had dinner at Miradoro last week, and it has become our new South Okanagan favorite. The balcony is great – spacious with views of the Oliver, Oosoyoos vineyards – and the food and service were excellent.

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