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A New Chardonnay Winery from an Unexpected Place

Climate change is altering the wine world faster than anyone imagined.

It has become too hot to make complex Chardonnay in some previously celebrated regions like Napa where the grape’s natural acidity is being crippled by heat.

Behind closed doors, a daring initiative took place over the past four years in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

The goal: To make a new world Chardonnay with old world elegance in North America.

The result is a collection of five remarkable Chardonnays from Anthony von Mandl’s family-owned CheckMate Artisanal Winery.

These wines launched in spectacular fashion at an invitation-only event at Vaucluse Restaurant, a stylish new brasserie located on the upper east side of New York.

Australian born winemaker Philip Mcgahan left Williams Selyem in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma, to take up the challenge at CheckMate Artisanal Winery.

He crafts sophisticated Chardonnays with production ranging from just one cask to 17 barrels of each of the five Chardonnays.

The inaugural CheckMate release is available now.

Visit to sign up for an allocation.

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