Sunday, July 31, 2011

Tinhorn Creek

Entrance to the Winery

Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn

View from the Winery Deck: Osoyoos Lake in the far distance.

Winery Deck
We decided to investigate Tinhorn Creek Winery in Oliver yesterday, seeing as the weather was perfect. Interesting name. A hundred years ago there was a gold mine there, and presumably it was named after the tin horns used to shake the dice when the miners got tired of gold mining. Unfortunately, a tinhorn is also "someone who pretends to be important but isn't" -someone cheap and showy. The winery certainly isn't cheap but is very showy. They have a fancy restaurant called "The Miradoro" which means golden view. Judge for yourself. It is run by a very clever chef from Vancouver. The architect for the winery is from Calgary. Now I don't like to be picky, but the roof supports on the restaurant deck get in the way of the golden view, and the sign on top of the gateway throws shadows on the signboard, making it hard to read. Elementary mistakes, surely, my dear Watson! Hopefully the Merlot and Chardonnay we bought are impeccable.
This was all a sideline.The important events of most of the day was in meeting up again with our two great-grandsons Miles and Nate, on the beach in OK Falls, in the water-park in Oliver, and in Linden Gardens in Kaleden. Miles, just over one, spent ages playing with gravel and rocks and old seed heads, and Nate, age four, found new friends to play with: a snail and a ladybird. We all had ice cream together...Sorry no photos, all on video.


Pat MacKenzie said...

The winerys around Oliver are beautiful. We haven't been to Tinhorn yet but did visit several others. My favorite, purely for view and location, is the Burrowing Owl winery. Sounds like you had fun with the great grands. My grandkids play at the waterpark in Oliver quite a lot. Did you go to Tickleberrys in OK Falls?

Claudia Moser said...

Sounds like fun :-)

Michael and Hanne said...

Pat we love Tickleberry's! One gets a free berry on entering the door, and they serve tiny ice-cream cones for 50 cents ! Maybe you should blog about it?

Angela Häring-Christen said...

Eine wunderschöne Gegend.
Da könnte ich auch leben.
Danke für diese tollen Bilder.
Herzliche Grüsse

BERMAXO said...

Que lugar mas bonito para pasar el dia saludos desde Canarias

Alan Burnett said...

Once again I suppose I display my ignorance by being surprised that wine can come from somewhere as far north as Canada. How far north does the wine making region of West Canada extend?

Michael and Hanne said...

Alan, about 100Km north of here is the limit of wine growing. The three main factors that determine plant growth are temperature, sunshine, and water. Vines like lots of sunshine, water, and warmth. If there is too much or too little of these, plants don't thrive. However, with increase of global temperatures, the ranges of plants will alter. They are starting to produce Champagne in southern UK already!