Our crew is made up of long-time friends we’ve worked with for many years

and new friends we’ve just welcomed aboard.

Our Matchbook family is an integral part of the wines we produce.

Lane Giguiere


Lane grew up in Woodland, California and attended Woodland High School where she met John. After attending Chico State and San Jose State University she returned to Yolo County, married John in 1976, and employed her college education at the Giguiere family ranch driving a tractor, herding sheep and managing the ranch office. In 1983, she and John along with brother-in-law Karl founded R.H. Phillips winery. In the early years Lane worked in the vineyard, managed the winery books, headed the shipping department and hand labeled wine bottles at the kitchen table. In 1996, when the winery went public Lane assumed charge of public relations, hospitality, and sales administration. Lane retired from R.H. Phillips in 2004 to start Crew Wine Company, now Matchbook Wine Company. “I love the energy of the wine business. It’s a product that brings people together and you get to enjoy it with food,” she says. Besides her work Lane enjoys golf, taking road trips with Gigs and running in her Land Park neighborhood.

Favorite Matchbook Wine: No fair! That’s like asking a mother which child is her favorite. I love them all for all different reasons. It is a fabulous wine to enjoy with or without food–and pairs nicely with many different types of food.

John Giguiere


John, wife Lane and brother Karl started R.H.Phillips Winery in 1983 on land that was part of their family farm in the Dunnigan Hills of northwestern Yolo County. Starting as a small family owned vineyard and winery operation the company grew into a 750,000 case producer sourced mostly from estate fruit from their 2,500 acre vineyard which is rare for such a large producer. The company produced such noted brands as Toasted Head, EXP and R.H.Phillips. John helped to take the company public (Nasdaq) in 1995 and oversaw the sale of the company to Vincor International in 2000. John remained with the company after the sale and became the President and CEO for Vincor’s U.S. operations. John left the company in August of 2005 to start Crew Wine Company, now Matchbook Wine Company. John lives in Sacramento with his wife Lane and is an avid San Francisco Giants fan, plays golf and likes to travel.

Favorite Matchbook Wine: Matchbook Tinto Rey

Why: It’s the most complex wine we make. I really like the combination of Mediterranean and Bordeaux varietals; the blend produces the best balance of flavors, texture and weight.

Karl Giguiere


Karl Giguiere was born in Washington state, but grew up on the family farm right here in the Dunnigan Hills. He attended Esparto High School and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Accounting. A short stint in a large CPA firm convinced him that his heart was in farming and he returned home to take over management of Giguiere Ranch in 1973. Not content with the area’s traditional dryland wheat and sheep farming, he was the first to drill wells and plant vineyards in the area, which lead to the creation of R.H. Phillips Winery in 1983. For the next 22 years, Karl continued to innovate new farming techniques in harvesting, trellising and irrigation while growing the company’s vineyard operation from 10 acres and 1 employee to 2800 acres and a full complement of viticulturists. He retired from R.H. Phillips in 2005 to concentrate on managing the Giguiere Family’s vineyards and olive orchards. When Karl and his wife Vicki are not at the beautiful home they built in the Dunnigan Hills, they are with their family at the beautiful home they built in Mount Shasta.

Favorite Matchbook Wine: Matchbook Tempranillo

Why: It’s spicy, it’s well-balanced, it’s just a good wine.

Head Winemaker



Vineyard Manager

Laboratory Director

Laboratory Technician

Vineyard Administration

Vineyard Operations

Region Manager: Mid U.S.

District Sales Manager: West-North

District Manager: New England

District Manager: Midwest

Region Manager: Eastern U.S.

Director of National Retail Chains

District Manager: Southwest

District Sales Manager

District Sales Manager: South Central U.S.

District Sales Manager: Western U.S. & Exports

Northeast Regional Manager

Barrel Master

Lead Bottling Line Operator

Cellar Crew

Cellar Operations

Cellar Operations

Cellar Master

Art Director

Graphic Designer

Tasting Room Manager


Winery Design Consultant

Compliance Manager

Director of Communications



Chief Financial Officer

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