Written by: David Wylie
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is celebrating its Silver Anniversary. For 25 years the winery has focused on growing the best grapes, making great wine and having fun whenever possible.
Kenn and Sandra Oldfield and Bob and Barb Shaunessy started Tinhorn in 1993 with a couple of barrels in a basement and a few acres of vines. Since then, he Oliver winery has become a thriving attraction for its wines, events and concerts.
It was acquired by Andrew Peller
Limited in 2017, incorporating Tinhorn’s ultra-premium wines and talented people into the Peller family. Come celebrate 25 years of great wine!
Take in the stars at the Starlit Supper
Enjoy a multi-course dinner on July 19 in the barrel cellar by Miradoro, perfectly paired with Tinhorn Creek wines. After dinner, take full advantage of the summer night by stargazing in the amphitheatre with telescopes and astronomers from the Royal Astronomical Society to guide you.
The $125 ticket includes dinner,
wine and gratuities. It starts at 8 pm.
Speaking of Miradoro
The restaurant won the 2019 Open Table Diners Choice Award for best ambiance, scenic view, outdoor eating and notable wine list. There’s a new tapas menu available from 3 to 5 pm. Happy hour is every Friday from 4 to 6 pm until August 30. Enjoy $7 wine by the glass with complimentary nibbles.
Summer at Tinhorn is synonymous with the Canadian Concert Series
This year, the one-of-a-kind venue has already hosted The Matinée and Coco Jafro. Still to come are Kasador (July 27), and The Julian Taylor Band (August 24). Tinhorn always ends with a bang, and its 2019 headliner on September 14 will
be Bedouin Soundclash.
The reggae and ska band based out of Toronto was formed in 2001 and has released four studio albums with the latest single making its debut in 2017. The duo’s newest song “Clock Work” was released in 2017 and shows a new direction influenced by the sounds of New Orleans. The catchy tune was recorded in the summer humidity at the mouth of the Mississippi. It bristles and fizzes with jangling Big Band swing-pop. It’s a horn-heavy, jazz-inspired, toe-tapping track.
Bedouin Soundclash’s new album, called +Mass, is due out this year. Don’t miss the chance to see them live.
Tickets are $75.
Shuttles to and from shows are available from Penticton and Osoyoos for each concert; they cost $20 for a return trip and include a glass of wine at the concert.
If you can’t make it out for one of the concerts, be sure to come by for a tour and tasting, or to enjoy happy hour every Friday afternoon from 4 to 6 pm, June through August.
If you want the VIP treatment, join Tinhorn’s Crush Club and enjoy a complimentary reception and advanced seating at Tinhorn Creek’s concerts, free tastings at the tasting room, and even 10 per cent off the food bill when you dine at Miradoro.
Love is in the air at Tinhorn
The winery is also a picturesque and popular wedding location.
There are several different wedding packages to reserve at Miradoro Restaurant and Tinhorn Creek as the perfect place to say, “I do.” Whether you want a small, intimate wedding or a grand event, winery staff will work with you to make sure the day is perfect. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with booking inquiries.
Tinhorn has a variety of tasting tours. The guided winery tour runs daily and costs $20 per person to see the winery, vineyard and barrel cellar. It’s a glimpse into the winemaking process and takes about one hour.
For wine lovers who really want to peek behind the scenes, every Friday and Saturday, Tinhorn runs Let’s be Franc! This guided tasting tour explores Cabernet Franc. The cost is $40 per person and takes about 90 minutes. There’s room for two to six people.
The Oldfield Reserve Tasting & Cellar Tour runs Friday through Sunday. It’s a rare opportunity to taste a barrel sample. The tour takes about 90 minutes and costs $40 per person. There is space for two to 12 people.