Being part of the Tinhorn Creek wine club is like having a backstage pass.

The Crush Club is perhaps the Okanagan’s most generous wine club. You get “behind the velvet rope access” to the winery’s limited release and library wines; early access to summer concerts and club-only pre-concert receptions; recipes with pairing suggestions from the acclaimed Miradoro restaurant; and members-only events and parties at the winery and in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton.

For example, the May 2018 Spring Pick Up Party saw over 135 club members come to the winery to pick up their spring cases and enjoy live music from Rob N’ Walker and paella from four different chefs, including Chef Jeff from Miradoro, each paired with a Tinhorn Creek wine.

Becoming a Crush Club member is simple. “It’s as easy as receiving 18 bottles minimum a year, and who can’t manage to get through just over a bottle of wine a month?” says Tinhorn’s Shelann Sleegers.

“Membership also makes a great gift for those wine-loving friends or family who are hard to buy gifts for; or you could split a membership with your neighbour or BFF. We have many members who do this.”

The Perfect Pairing Live music and wine are a perfect pairing — just ask Tinhorn’s Crush Club members.

The Oliver winery’s perennially popular Canadian Concert Series features performances under the stars in the spectacular outdoor amphitheatre, where concertgoers can enjoy wine and dance the night away.

This year, the summer concert series’ grand finale will feature the Rural Alberta Advantage — percussive folk songs about hometowns and heartbreak that propelled the Rural Alberta Advantage trio into the Canadian music spotlight.

Tickets for the final show are $75. Reservations on the concert shuttle can be purchased at $20 per ticket.

Events, Tours, Yoga and More! Tinhorn was founded with a focus on growing the best grapes, making great wine and having fun. That love of fun shines through in Tinhorn’s many popular events. This summer will also be filled with a number of other events at the winery for those who love fine dining and an active lifestyle.

The Golden Mile Bench Vineyard Tour takes place August 17. The vineyard walk with Tinhorn Creek viticulturist Andrew Moon includes wine tastings, as participants learn about vineyard practices, sustainability and the new Golden Mile Bench sub-appellation. The walk is followed by an alfresco reception with wines and canapes by Miradoro. Tickets are $49 per person and must be purchased in advance, as space is limited.

The winery will also host Yoga in the Vineyard on Saturday mornings throughout July and August at 9 am. The one-hour yoga class in the winery’s amphitheatre is good for all skill levels. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 drop-in.

There are several events happening specifically at the Miradoro, which is perched on Tinhorn’s picturesque vineyards and offers stunning views of the South Okanagan Valley wine country. The restaurant serves Mediterranean-influenced cuisine by executive chef Jeff Van Geest.

Miradoro features weekly themed communal table dinners every Tuesday night, October to December. Dinners feature fare that is local, rustic, simple, straightforward and seasonal. The meal is $35 per person.

For more information or to book tickets for any of Tinhorn’s events, visit tinhorn.com or call 1-888-484-6467.

 

Membership Rewards

There’s no membership fee, but there is special members-only pricing for everything.

Crush Club members get a 10 per cent discount at Miradoro restaurant on food for up to six people, as well as preferential seating most times.

The Crush Club discount is 15 per cent and it applies to all wines — plus all merchandise. Every new member receives a special gift when signing up for the Crush Club. The winery is releasing a couple of limited wines only for wine club members — an Innovation Series, essentially a sandbox to experiment with different styles.

For a full list of Crush Club features and benefits visit tinhorn.com/Crush-Club/About-Crush-Club.

Tinhorn Creek also offers 46 Brix memberships, like Amazon Prime but for wine lovers. It’s available to non-club members too. For details, see tinhorn.com/46Brix.

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