October 2014 – Matchbook Wines

Month: October 2014



October 27th, 2014

Tasting room open now!

by: Dave Kempa

It’s finally happening, and we could not be more excited.Tasting Room Entrance

After years of planning and hard work, Matchbook Wine Company opens our tasting room this weekend. Come on out to Zamora and discover your favorite wine from our Matchbook, Mossback, Chasing Venus and Sawbuck labels, all while taking in the fall scenery at our comfortable Dunnigan Hills estate.

Designed by Woodland architect Bill McCandless, this 2,160-square-foot space is quite a sight. We’ve got a welcoming wine bar made with wood salvaged from an old barn in nearby Esparto, photographic artwork by Ivan Sohrakoff, and a 400-square-foot covered patio on the west side of the building where guests can watch the sun set beyond the golden, rolling Dunnigan Hills landscape.

Beginning today, our tasting room will be open from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily. We are located in Yolo County, just 25 miles northwest of Sacramento and Davis. You can find directions to the winery here.

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October 8th, 2014

What’s in a name

by: Lane Giguiere

Our 2012 Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay is included in Fred Tasker’s fun column on the origin of brand names:

‘Fantasy names’

reveal essences of

wines, makers’

•  2012 Matchbook “Old Head” Chardonnay, Dunnigan Hills: lush and rich, with aromas of oak, caramel and golden delicious apples, creamy finish; $15. When John Giguiere was a kid in the 1950s, he says he was a confirmed pyromaniac who set his family’s wheat fields ablaze. Hence the name Matchbook. On the straight and narrow today, he uses the name “Old Head” to signal that largely avoids powerfully flavored new oak barrels to emphasize the fruit in the wine and not the oak.

Read more here