March 2017 – Matchbook Wines

Month: March 2017



March 22nd, 2017

Pat Kane Joins Matchbook as President and CEO

by: Mikaela Leach


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


March 13th, 2017

Gold, Gold, Gold and Double Gold from SF Chronicle Wine Competition

by: Mikaela Leach


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!

March 2nd, 2017

Syrah Scores 88 POINTS & Editors’ Choice from Wine Enthusiast

by: Mikaela Leach


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.


March 1st, 2017

Super Tinto Receives 90 POINTS from Wine Enthusiast

by: Mikaela Leach

Our 2014 Tinto Rey Super Tinto Red Blend received 90 POINTS in Wine Enthusiast’s April 2017 issue. The review highlights the wine’s “Deep color, bold fruit aromas and substantial, spicy flavors.” Please click here for the full review or click here to purchase a bottle.