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September 20th, 2017

Harvest Update from Winemaker Dan Cederquist

by: Mikaela Leach
Topping a fermenting Chardonnay barrel in the cellar

“Harvest is in full swing at Matchbook Wine Company. We have all our Chardonnay off the vine and in the winery fermenting in barrel. Our Rosés are fermenting away nicely at 50 degrees,” said Dan Cederquist, head winemaker at Matchbook Wine Company.  “The quality of fruit has the makings of an exceptional year.  We have had 10 days of cooler temperatures in the Dunnigan Hills. This weather has slightly delayed the red varietals harvest date, but we are loving how the fruit looks and tastes out in the vineyard. The longer hang time in the vineyard is increasing flavor complexity.”



September 18th, 2017

90 POINTS from Wine Enthusiast for “Reserve-Style” 2015 Arsonist Chardonnay!

by: Mikaela Leach

Our 2015 Arsonist Chardonnay scored 90 Points in Wine Enthusiast‘s November 2017 issue. We love this “traditional reserve-style California Chardonnay” the toasty-oak aroma with great notes of “pear, toasted almond and nutmeg flavors” on the palate. It showcases the quality of wine from the Dunnigan Hills. We hand-select the best barrel lots of our estate grown fruit to craft this luscious Chardonnay.  This wine is rich, yet incredibly food friendly and pairs exceptionally well with lobster dipped in butter or Fettuccini Alfredo. Get a bottle today by clicking here!




September 9th, 2017

It’s Raining Chardonnay

by: Mikaela Leach

It’s raining Chardonnay! We harvested and crushed the last of the 2017 Matchbook Estate Chardonnay Today! #harvest2017 

August 25th, 2017

10 Years of Crushin’ It – Harvest 2017 Kicks Off

by: Mikaela Leach

Matchbook Wine Company Kicks Off 2017 Harvest
10 Years of Crushin’ It!

Zamora, CA (August 25, 2017) – Early this morning, Matchbook Wine Company began picking the first grapes of the 2017 Harvest from the Matchbook Estate Vineyards in California’s Dunnigan Hills. The first to be picked is Verdejo from Matchbook Block 12. Verdejo is an aromatic white wine varietal originally from Spain.  

“2017 is a special harvest here at Matchbook as it marks our 10th crush at our Dunnigan Hills winery. We have grown 6-fold in the last 10 years.” says John Giguiere, Owner, Matchbook Wine Company. “I am proud of the wines we have produced and am excited about the quality of the wines to come from Matchbook.”

The 2017 Harvest is right on schedule with historical averages, but slightly later than the past few years. The Matchbook Vineyards fared well through the generous winter rains and summer heat spikes of 2017 thanks to the well-draining, Red Corning Gravel soil and rolling hills in the vineyards. Over the next several weeks, the grapes will be tasted and tested block by block and row by row, until they reach the peak of ripeness. Next, the grapes will be harvested at night to preserve the fresh fruit flavors and delivered within 30 minutes to the winery, crushed and fermented into wine.

“Harvest is an exciting time because it showcases a year’s worth of work in the vineyards,” said Winemaker Dan Cederquist. “2017 is shaping up to be a superior vintage. We are excited to get going.”

About Matchbook Wine Company
East of Napa, Left of Center: Family owned Matchbook Wine Company is tucked away in Northern California’s gently rolling Dunnigan Hills.  The Giguiere family pioneered grape growing in this region in 1981. By 1993, they had succeeded in making the Dunnigan Hills a nationally recognized American Viticultural Area. The Matchbook flame is an homage to the Giguiere brothers’ youthful fascination with fire.  Today, Matchbook Wine Company produces 110,000 cases and 15 unique wines from the Dunnigan Hills and other select growing regions. For more information, visit


Media Contact:
Mikaela Leach | Matchbook Wine Company | 617.549.7575

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