CheckMate wines are made from only two varieties: chardonnay and merlot, an odd combination.
At the age of 22, when many of his fellow graduates were debating whether to do a master’s degree or get a job, Anthony von Mandl bought a wine agency.
In Canada, the main pinot noir regions are Niagara Peninsula and Prince Edward County in Ontario and Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, but there are plantings elsewhere in those provinces as well as in Nova Scotia and Quebec.
While many wineries tout themselves as such, true destination wineries are those that wine tourists, and sometimes wine nerds, put at the top of their must-visit lists.
Nathan Buhler, founder of BLDG Workshop, and interior designer Adrianne Bailie found inspiration in the Monashee mountains, Japanese design, and juxtaposed textures during the renovation of the Kalamalka lakeside home in B.C.’s North Okanagan.
The Okanagan Valley has seen a recent wave of acquisitions and new investments in wineries; Martin’s Lane Winery is an impressive new build.