GOODS: Tinhorn Creek Pairs With Whistler’s “Aura” For Special Cornucopia Wine Supper
The GOODS from Tinhorn Creek
Oliver, BC | On Friday, November 9th, Whistler’s lauded Aura Restaurant will celebrate the award-winning wines of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in an exclusive winemakers’ dinner during Cornucopia: Whistler’s Celebration of Wine and Food.
With a menu inspired by seasonal organic vegetables, Aura Restaurant at Nita Lake Lodge specializes in modern, Pacific cuisine that is rooted in classical culinary craft. Led by Executive Chef Michael Guy, Aura sources sustainably from local farmers, foragers, ranchers and fisheries to bring the best that the west has to offer for every season. The unforgettable menu will feature BC products from both land and sea, showcasing the region’s transition from fall to winter. Expect rustic flavours and refined technique, paired with award-winning wines from Tinhorn Creek Vineyards.
Hosted by Andrew Moon, Tinhorn’s Viticulturist and Vineyard Manager, guests will get insight into Andrew’s unique view from the vineyard. Executive Chef Michael Guy has created a distinctive five-course menu that highlights the excellence of the Pemberton Valley’s autumn harvest—alongside globally-sourced ingredients—with each plate married to Tinhorn Creek Vineyards’ prized wines.
Learn more and get a taste of the menu after the jump…
The reception brings an opportunity to taste Tinhorn Creek Pinot Gris 2011. To start the meal, the Oldfield Series 2Bench Rose 2011 is paired with elk tartare with Saskatoon berries, purple potatoes, red kuri squash and crispy bread. Next up is Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Series Pinot Noir 2008 combined with raviolo of Peace Country lamb served with smoked eggplant purée, Moroccan spices, toasty almond and garlic crumble, and Rootdown Farm tomato jam. The third course of this extravagant meal features lightly smoked Yarrow Meadows goose breast with potato gnocchi, sweet and sour turnips, pistachios, dried black olive and cocoa jus, matched to the Oldfield Series Syrah 2008. Fourth is Pemberton beef ribeye with pine mushrooms, truffle and pancetta stuffed potato, North Arm Tuscan kale and Two Bench jus paired with Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Series 2Bench Red 2009. To conclude this unforgettable feast is gingerbread baked cheesecake served with poached pear, maple fig sauce, pear sorbet and candied walnuts accompanied by the delectable Oldfield Series Kerner Ice Wine 2011.
The reception will be held from 7:00pm – 7:30pm, and the five-course tasting menu at Aura Restaurant starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $175 per person. Nita Lake Lodge is also offering a package together with a night’s accommodation for $250 per person (based on two people) with the option of an additional night.
For tickets, visit www.whistlercornucopia.com. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to WAG, the Whistler Animal Shelter.
The People Who Make It Happen
Sandra Oldfield – Winemaker & Owner
Kenn Oldfield – Chairman & Owner
Andrew Moon – Viticulturist/Vineyard Manager
Korol Kuklo – Assistant Winemaker
Shaun Everest – General Manager
About Tinhorn Creek
On a hillside overlooking vineyards, sagebrush, and the old gold mining creek that is its namesake, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has been owned and operated by the Shaunessy and Oldfield families since1993. The winery is located south of Oliver, BC, at the junction of Highway 97 and Road 7 in the famed Golden Mile wine-growing district. This area, named for its rich history of farming that dates back to the early 1900s, is home to several quality wine producers. Tinhorn Creek sources fruit exclusively from its own vineyards: 150 acres of prime land on two very distinct benches. This land lends to the creation of terroir-driven wines that are classic illustrations of the place they are grown. The 100-acre Diamondback Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench is planted with a mix of red and white varieties, primarily Pinot Gris, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The 50-acre Tinhorn Creek Vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench is also planted with a mix of red and white grapes, but primarily features Gewürztraminer.
Farming their own vineyards using sustainable practices allows Tinhorn Creek full control over the quality of fruit delivered to the crush pad for each vintage. The winery produces wines in two tiers under one dynamic and compelling label. The single-varietal series includes a Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Only worthy wines are selected each year for the winery’s top tier, winemaker Sandra Oldfield’s signature wines, named the Oldfield Series. This tier provides Oldfield with a playground for experimentation and is a creative showcase for the best wines from each vintage. All Tinhorn Creek wines evoke the unique terroir of the region: the sage-covered desert terrain.
Tinhorn Creek was the first winery in Canada to bottle its entire portfolio with Stelvin screw-cap closures ensuring consistent aging and a guarantee that the wine will be enjoyed as it was intended.