#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions | CheckMate Artisanal Estate Winery

“In this series we bring you our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions which we personally recommend”

If you are looking for the ultimate gift for the very special wine lover on your list, look no further. CheckMate wines are really nothing short of exceptional. Highly rated wines that bespeak the best of British Columbia.

These are very special wines and we personally recommend them for your holiday gift giving. It is rare to be able to give a gift of this caliber and they are a joy to receive. Wines for drinking now or wines that may be stored for future enjoyment, special occasions or with best friends.

Quantities are quite limited for these exclusive offers and we suggest you order without delay.

Capture Chardonnay Vertical Set

For a true collector or connoisseur—a Chardonnay vertical including the following vintages of Capture Chardonnay:

2013 |  2014 | 2015|  2016 | 2017

Situated on the Canada-US border, the Border Vista Vineyard is the most challenging climat from which we source fruit. The wine reflects the lean, sandy soil, having an extraordinary length and beautifully layered complexity. In this vertical set, enjoy one bottle of Capture Chardonnay from each of the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 vintages.

Only 25 sets available

Queen Taken Chardonnay Vertical Set

For a true collector or connoisseur—a Chardonnay vertical including the following vintages of Queen Taken:

2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Located along Golden Mile Bench you’ll find the Dekleva Vineyard, home to the 45 year old vines from which we craft the Queen Taken Chardonnay. In this vertical set, enjoy one bottle of Queen Taken Chardonnay from each of the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 vintages.

Only 25 sets available

$625.00 / Queen Taken Chardonnay Vertical Set

2015 Little Pawn Vertical Set of Chardonnays

2015 Little Pawn Chardonnay is currently available by allocation to CheckMate Members, or to the public through this Vertical Gift Set.

A collection of three vintages of Little Pawn Chardonnay, including our first 100 point 2015 vintage in a collector gift box.

2013 Little Pawn | 2014 Little Pawn | 2015 Little Pawn

$330.00 / Little Pawn Vertical Set

2015 GrandMaster Set

 

For a true collector or connoisseur: a full collection of our 2015 Chardonnays.

Capture | Queen Taken | Queen’s Advantage | Little Pawn | Knight’s Challenge | Fool’s Mate | Attack

$690.00 / GrandMaster Set

The 5|5 Set of Chardonnays

A collection of our five latest Chardonnays from the 2015 vintage in a collector gift box.

Capture | Queen Taken | Queen’s Advantage | Knight’s Challenge | Attack

$550.00 / 5|5 Set

Opening Gambit Vertical Set

The sandy Osoyoos-complex soils found adjacent to the US-Canadian border, combine with steep and undulating exposures, to produce pristine, reipe fruit that forms the basis of this stylish wine. In this vertical set, enjoy one bottle of Opening Gambit Merlot from each of the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 vintages.

Only 25 sets available

$350.00 available online

Black Rook Vertical Set

The low vigour, sandy soils of the Black Sage Bench provide intense fruit and aniseed flavours from sites tucked into the foothills of the Okanagan Highland. In this vertical set, enjoy one bottle of Black Rook Merlot from each of the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 vintages.

Only 25 sets available

$350.00 available online

2016 Tournament Merlot Set

This Tournament Set of Checkmate Merlots includes one bottle of the End Game Merlot, Silent Bishop Merlot, Opening Gambit Merlot, and Black Rook Merlot. A complete collection of Merlots from the highly regarded 2016 vintage.

$340.00 available online

Featured Holiday Large Format

Limited selection available

Available now in limited quantities is a special selection of large format library wines. Choose from your favourite 2013 Chardonnays and Merlots that have been patiently cellared at our winery and are now drinking beautifully.

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The 2020 harvest has drawn to a close. The fruit this year was, without doubt, the best fruit I have seen in the Valley thanks to a cooler season, with only a short period of intense heat followed by perfect ripening weather in late summer and early fall. The Chardonnay had intense stone fruit flavours, ripening at low sugars that will result in beautifully balanced wines. The Merlots tasted of blueberry and black cherry at the time of picking and as the red wines continue to macerate on skins in our fermenters, they are developing into wines with intense cassis, cherry, berry notes with excellent tannin structure. The wonderful fruit quality is, in no small part, due to our conversion over to organic farming, which will see all of our vineyards certified as organic in 2021.

Reflecting on the 2020 harvest and the preceding vintages back to 2013, has made me realize that we now have the opportunity to offer vertical sets of our wines. These sets are a chance to taste for yourself the consistency of our wines across vintages in terms of their core characteristics while also seeing the nuances that each vintage brings with it. These verticals will allow you to experience how our wines develop over time and gain a sense of their qualities when they are younger versus older.

We are pleased to offer limited numbers of vertical sets to you, details of which are outlined below.

It is an honour to share these wines with you and, on behalf of the CheckMate team, I would like to wish you all the best for the upcoming holiday season.

RESERVATION

Tournament Tasting

An introductory half hour tutored tasting of 4 CheckMate Wines include two Chardonnays and two Merlots

  • Prepaid reservation for parties of 1 to 6
  • $20 per person

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RESERVATION

Advantage Experience

A 45 minute Sommelier Guided tasting of a curated set of 6 CheckMate Wines including four Chardonnays and two Merlots.
Bottled Water
$35.00 per person

  • Reservation for parties of 2 to 6

Book now

Images, except as noted, and information courtesy of the winery. Capture Chardonnay Vertical Set image MyVanCity. I received complimentary bottles of wine to facilitate this feature.

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