Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, December 10 2020

Martin's Lane and Checkmate - Uncut

By: Anthony Gismondi
A conversation about the peculiarities of single vineyard wines.

Anthony von Mandl lives in the future, which is where you will find his vision of pinot noir, Next World-style, when you visit Martin's Lane Winery in East Kelowna.

Like no other in the world, the winery was built for pinot noir from the ground up on a steep sloping property where the grapes move from the top of the winery to the bottom without ever seeing a pump. Much further south, another Von Mandl creation, Checkmate Artisanal Winery, clings to the hillside in British Columbia's first sub-appellation, the Golden Mile Bench. Here, there is an intense focus on merlot and chardonnay. In a new format at GOW, we talk unedited with winemakers Shane Munn of Martin's Lane and Phil McGahan of Checkmate Artisanal Winery. Munn is a New Zealander, and MaGahan is Australian. While their personalities are polar opposite, their passionate devotion to single vineyard sites and high-quality wine is identical.

To learn more, visit: Martin's Lane Winery and Checkmate Artisanal Winery 

Read our story on Martin's Lane Winery here: Martin's Lane Winery: A Study in Cool

Watch as we catch Phil McGahan in the middle of the 2020 harvest: Checkmate: BC Harvest 2020

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For over 30 years, he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. The twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to millions of readers. In addition, Anthony co-hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 18 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on Spotify, Apple and iHeart Radio and more. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.