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Communal Table Dinner with Miradoro’s Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest and his creative team taking on the challenge of creating a multi-course dinner while pairing each course with a Tinhorn Creek Vineyard wine and a Cannery Brewing Company beer.
- Prosciutto devilled eggs, Moroccan spiced port crackling, cheese puffs paired with Tinhorn Creek Pinot Gris 2014 and Cannery Brewing Pineapple Chamomile Maibock
- Wood grilled mussels and potato gnocchi in baked potato brodo paired with Tinhorn Creek 2bench Rose 2014 and Cannery Brewing Squire Scotch Ale
- House made charcuterie: Goan chorizo, chicken and wild mushroom terrine, bresaola paired with Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Pinot Noir 2011 and Cannery Brewing Anarchist Amber Ale
- North Okanagan venison short rib with grain risotto, damson plum and wild juniper glaze, coffee roasted carrots and leek ash paired with Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc 2012 and Cannery Brewing Baltic Porter
- Nut tart with poached pear and dulce de leche paired with Tinhorn Creek Kerner Icewine 2013 and Cannery Brewing Naramata Nut Brown
Last year, a momentous meal at God’s Mountain marked the beginning of my adventure into the world of long table dinners. I was smitten with the concept right away, and before summer’s end, I broke bread with friends and strangers on at least a half-dozen more occasions. Sometimes the dinners were al fresco (like Dîner en Blanc), and other times they took place indoors (like this multi-chef collaborative dinner at Quail’s Gate Vineyard). Each of these dining experiences was richer and more memorable because of its unique setting and communal nature.
When I drove down to Oliver last month to kick off the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival at Miradoro Restaurant, I expected the story I’d tell you would focus on the communal table.
I was wrong.
The table set by restaurateur Manny Ferreira was certainly impressive; possibly the longest I’ve had the pleasure of supping at. It ran the length of Miradoro’s stylish dining room, perfectly in line with the wood ceiling above. My seat faced the restaurant’s wall of windows affording me the chance to feast on more than just the food. The panoramic view of the valley below was captivating. Later, when darkness fell, the view was equally enthralling as the glass walls reflected the long table and its sea of glassware and guests.
Beautiful setting. Fabulous food and drink. Convivial company. So what’s the problem?
Well, there’s nothing actually new (or newsworthy) about long table dinners. They’ve been around since the magnificent feasts of the middles ages when medieval knights and nobles gathered in the Great Hall to drink goblets of wine and tankards of ale.
It wasn’t until after we finished our modern-day feast that I found my story.
Tinhorn Creek’s Chairman Kenn Oldfield told us, “People ask me all the time why the Okanagan doesn’t choose one varietal they can be known for – like Burgundy – and just focus on it,” He went on to explain, “Why? Because our wine region is vertical. The terroir here is completely different than it is 15 miles up the road in Okangan Falls.”
Winery owners in the South Okanagan recently made the same case to the B.C. Government (that their area has a distinctive terroir), and on March 30 the Golden Mile Bench was approved as the first official sub-appellation for B.C. wine. (B.C. has five designated appellations: Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley, Fraser Valley, Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island, and now one sub-appellation: Golden Mile Bench.)
According to Business Vancouver, “Having the Golden Mile Bench sub-appellation approved means that the eleven wineries in the area, including operations such as Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Road 13 Vineyards and Hester Creek Estate Winery Ltd., will be able to put the words “Golden Mile Bench” on the front of their wine bottles to indicate origin.”
“The designation of the Golden Mile Bench sub-appellation is a reflection of the maturation and progress of BC’s premium wine industry,” said Miles Prodan, who is president of the B.C. Wine Institute.
Now that’s news worth sharing.
Tinhorn Creek’s award-winning 2012 Cabernet France, a rich barrel-aged beauty with notes of plum, blackcurrant, smoke and dark chocolate. Enjoy it with pancetta pizza, clams and chorizo, or a hearty meatball sandwich.
Save the Date
May 26, 2015: Paella Long Table Dinner, $33 October 2, 2015: Hops, Grapes & Grub Long Table Dinner, Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, $75
Disclosure: I was a guest of Miradoro Restaurant. As always, all opinions are my own.
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