If you stand in the middle of the Matchbook vineyard and wonder why we decided to plant grapes on the tops of these Dunnigan Hills, look down. The answer is underfoot. The rocks and red gravel are why we are here. Rocks don’t hold water, they provide no nutrients, this is heaven to a grape farmer. Vines need a little stress to produce flavorful grapes, and well-drained, rocky soils restrict vegetation and force vines to search deep for all-essential water and nourishment. This stress naturally reduces bunch and berry size, controls canopy development and builds strong roots.
Our Chardonnays are barrel fermented and barrel aged. We stir the barrels regularly to increase the wine’s contact with the lees, which adds the signature creamy texture to our Matchbook and Arsonist Chardonnays. This winemaking technique is called Bâtonnage and goes all the way back to the Ancient Romans. With just the right amount of Bâtonnage, we achieve our desired balance of richness and bright fruit flavors on the palate of our Chardonnay. Click here to see a video of this centuries-old winemaking technique.
John, Lane and Karl Giguiere are pleased to announce the appointment of Pat Kane as President and CEO of Matchbook Wine Company. Pat comes to Matchbook with over 25 years of experience in consumer product sales, marketing and general management. Most recently, Pat was National Sales Director for Joseph Wagner’s Copper Cane Wines & Provisions. In his role as President and CEO, Pat will focus on the growth of Matchbook Wine Company for the Giguiere family.
“Pat worked with us at our first company, RH Phillips, and is a long-time friend and colleague,” says Matchbook Wine Company Owner, John Giguiere. “In the 35 plus years I’ve been doing this, I cannot think of anyone better suited to lead our company than Pat.”
Pat has extensive experience in national sales and channel management for premium alcohol and wine companies. He has held management positions with multiple beverage producers including RH Phillips, Vincor, Constellation Brands, Heublein, Diageo and Copper Cane Wines. In addition to Pat’s experience with suppliers, he has held several distributor management positions with Alliance Beverage (a Charmer Sun Belt and Glazers Family joint venture) managing premium wine, spirits and craft beer businesses across all trade channels. Prior to joining the wine industry, Pat began his career with Beecham Products, now GlaxoSmithKline.
“I am a great believer in the wine quality from the Dunnigan Hills and the Matchbook Estate,” says Pat Kane, Matchbook Wine Company President and CEO. “I’ve long admired the Giguiere family for their leadership, creativity and vision in the wine industry and am thrilled to join the Matchbook team.”
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 when they planted their first vineyard. 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 that showcase the flavor and potential of the Dunnigan Hills AVA. For more information, visit www.matchbookwines.com.
We are thrilled to share that Matchbook Wine Company earned 19 medals, including one Double Gold and three Gold medals at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. John, Lane and Karl Giguiere founded Matchbook with the goal of making artisan wines at a price they did not mind paying. This commitment to quality and value is affirmed in the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Visit our Web store to buy these gold medal wines today!
Our very own Matchbook 2013 Dunnigan Hills Syrah scored 88 POINTS and Editors’ Choice in Wine Enthusiast’s April 2017 issue. The review highlights the “bright acidity tempering ripe cherry, plum and black pepper flavors for a sense of balance that’s often lacking in California Syrah.” We love this wine for its balance and flavor too. To read the full Wine Enthusiast review please click here or to purchase a bottle click here.