The GOODS from Tinhorn Creek
Oliver, BC | The team at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards and their onsite Miradoro Restaurant are today raising a glass to their new Food Primary license. The new license will allow guests to enjoy BC beer and spirits alongside the Tinhorn Creek and other local regional wines currently served at the award-winning restaurant. The first beer that will be featured is from the award-winning Firehall Brewery in Oliver, BC, just 5km from the winery.
Like most wineries in the Okanagan, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is situated inside the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and is therefore under restrictions that prohibit business activities that are not related to agriculture. The restaurant was allowed to serve wine produced on the vineyard but was restricted when it came to offering more beverage choices to guests.
“We’ve worked with all levels of government, from local to regional and provincial, to make this license possible,” says Sandra Oldfield, Proprietor and Winemaker at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards. “It’s been a great collaborative experience to work with all of the organizations involved to achieve our goal of being able to offer more choice to our guests by showcasing other locally made beverages alongside our fantastic wines.”
Attaining the license has been a cooperative effort and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards would like to thank Allan Patton, Director of the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen and his Advisory Planning Committee (APC), the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), and the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Commission (BCLCLC) for their help in making the license possible and opening the doors for other Okanagan wineries to be able to offer the same choice as Miradoro. Read more
Well, this is good news. Hats off to Minister Rich Coleman for continuing to move our Byzantine liquor laws into the 19th century (baby steps).
“We are elated by today’s announcement. This is a huge step forward for B.C. craft brewers, vintners, distillers, restaurateurs and publicans. We applaud the government for updating an outdated and archaic law that was impeding progress not only for us but a number of businesses in the craft beer industry. We look forward to sharing the beers which we so carefully craft at Parallel 49 with our valued customers at St. Augustine’s.” – Anthony Frustagli, co-owner, Parallel 49 and St. Augustine’s.