On behalf of the CheckMate Team, I would like to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year. I’m excited to begin 2018 by sharing our wines with you at three great events in Edmonton, Calgary and Lake Louise. I hope you can join me to catch-up and enjoy the CheckMate wines with exceptional food pairings.
January will be a busy month for us at the winery. The Team and I will be blending our 2016 Merlots and putting our 2016 Chardonnays to tank prior to bottling in March. These wines have amazing potential. Our Vineyard Team will be busy pruning our Chardonnay vines before moving into our Merlot blocks in February and March.
Eat off the beaten path with Rge Rd’s Canadian Cuisine inspired by our country’s fields, forests, mountains and oceans. Chef Blair Lebsak pairs fresh local fare with CheckMate’s acclaimed Chardonnays and Merlots. Tickets $190 plus GST. Please confirm any dietary requests at time of booking.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2018 @ 630PM
CALGARY PETROLEUM CLUB 319 – 5 AVENUE SW
The newly renovated Calgary Petroleum Club hosts Winemaker Phil McGahan for an evening of fine wine and food. This is a unique opportunity to experience this private club and the culinary mastery of Chef Andre Zimmerman, expertly paired with CheckMate’s next world Chardonnays and Merlots. Tickets include a reception and four course dinner with wine for $185 plus gratuity and tax. Please confirm any dietary requests via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no less than 48 hours prior to event.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 @ 630PM
THE POST HOTEL & SPA
200 PIPESTONE ROAD
LAKE LOUISE, AB
Experience the magic of the Rockies at one of the foremost wine and food destinations in the country. Part of the Winemakers’ Dinner Series, Chef Hans Sauter creates an inspiring menu using fresh market cuisine, paired with Checkmate’s Chardonnays and Merlots. Tickets are $260 plus gratuity and GST, and include a reception and six course menu with wine pairings. Please forward dietary requests at time of booking.
If your cellar is looking bare from holiday celebrations, now is a great time to restock. Or if you are in the market for something to drink now, enjoy our 2013 vintage Chardonnays this year with all wines still available in select sizes in limited quantities. These collector wines have developed beautifully in bottle and are a great expression of the heights Canadian Chardonnay can attain.
2013 QUEEN TAKEN CHARDONNAY
This wine has developed steadily with continued balance and structure. In the glass it has aromas of lime zest, caramelized brioche, fresh mineral and floral lifts. On the palate, the opulent entry balanced by crisp acidity and the long complex finish emphasizes that extended aging is in store for this timeless wine.
2013 LITTLE PAWN CHARDONNAY
The floral qualities of this wine continue to shine with waves of baking spice and lightly toasted notes showcasing its development. The creamy undertones on the palate seamlessly add to its complex texture. Flavours of star anise and stone fruits provide substantial length. This wine continues to age with grace.
2013 FOOL’S MATE CHARDONNAY
Emerging from years in bottle is a nose of caramelized melon, almond cream and honeyed brioche, accompanied by beautiful fruit. The rich palate is tied together with a complex mixture of spices, vanilla and croissant, finishing with white peach and a dance of minerality. The luscious colour is a sign of this wine’s beauty.
Please note that some wines are fully allocated in standard size, but are available in large format. To purchase large formats online, click on the wine’s photo or title, and select size options from the drop down menu. If you have questions or need some assistance with your order, please call 250-707-2299.
We welcome you to visit us in Oliver this winter, 10:00am-4:00pmMonday through Friday, with appointments available on weekends by request. Reservations are recommended so we can offer the best experience to you and your guests. Bookings can be made by phone 250-707-2299 or via the email link below.