Miradoro, Oliver, British Columbia
Many years ago I visited what was just then being dubbed ‘The Golden Mile” of the south Okanagan Valley which is actually the very top tip of the Sonoran Desert. The first winery on the then-short list was Tinhorn Creek Winery where Sandra Oldfield had begun making some talked-about, quite exceptional vintages. It was agreed that she was well on her way to being a serious star. Now a decade later, she’s a well-established, respected vintner.
Tinhorn Creek Vineyard on the west bench gives the vines front row seating to the sunrise and sweet morning light – Gewürztraminer and Muscat love it. Across the valley, the Diamondback Vineyard soaks up the heat and those intense afternoon rays – our Merlot and Cabernet Franc couldn’t be happier. The wines are luscious and, in the case of the reds, downright lusty.
Enter restaurateur Manuel Ferreira, owner of Le Gavroche in Vancouver and Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest, one of B.C.’s best, laden with talent and dedication to valley ingredients. Van Geest’s credentials are exceptional…Bishops, Diva at the Met, his own Aurora Bistro (one of enRoute magazine’s top new restaurants in 2004, gold for Best Regional Restaurant and silver for Chef of the Year at the 2006 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, and the 2008 Vancouver Magazine Green Award) and now, Miradoro where the accolades have continued to flow in his direction. In April 2012, Miradoro was named the Best Winery Restaurant at the prestigious Vancouver Magazine Awards and in September of that year, the winery hauled in 9 medals at the Canadian Wine Awards.
The menus follow the rhythm of the seasons. Late spring there’ll be salt roasted beets, ricotta, pear, arugula, hazelnut, sherry vinaigrette matched with Sandra’s great Pinot Gris 2011. For lunch you may choose beef & pork meatballs on focaccia with parmesan, confit garlic aioli and arugula so you can taste the Oldfield Series 2Bench Red 2009. Pizza pancetta with Italian bacon, roast garlic and smoked mozzarella is baked in a brick oven and paired with a big Cabernet Franc 2010.
For 2015 his spring menu is full of unique flavours that are inspired by locally sourced ingredients like this local arctic char entrée, complete with sunchoke puree, radicchio, roast shallots and mosto cotto, a syrup made with wine grapes (pictured at left).
At dinner you may find orecchiette with sweet fennel sausage, garlic, braised greens, chillies and tomato to go with the Oldfield Series Merlot 2009. All year round, well-aged steak is grilled from Okanagan’s Finest Angus and, with the heat of harissa and crushed potatoes spiked with chili, the flavours are big enough flavours to be paired with the Oldfield Series 2Bench Red 2009.
Food Day Canada August 5, 2017
3 course tasting menu
Tonno tonnato – albacore tuna cruda, tuna aioli, salad of west coast seaweed and local cucumber
Venison leg roasted on fir, alpindon polenta, roasted brassicas, charred leek emulsion, Saskatoon berry mostarda
Grilled Oliver peach, rice pudding made with Masa’s rice, Jack’s honey
Miradoro is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below.
Miradoro est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs .
537 Tinhorn Creek Road
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0