May 2018 – Page 2 – Matchbook Wines

Month: May 2018



May 3rd, 2018

Bloom is Here!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer


Matchbook Vineyards are in bloom! The Chardonnay vines were the first to flower and now the other varietals are following suit. Bloom is an important part of the growing season for a grapevine because each part of the flower has the potential be fertilized and become a grape.

“Flowering is an exciting time of year in the vineyard, as it is the first look at this year’s grape crop,” said Greg Giguiere, Director of Vineyard Operations. “2018 bloom is on the early side, but all looks great. We are happy with the number of flowers and the weather has been favorable at this critical stage in the growing season.”

Spring Flowering Fun Facts:

  • Grapevine flowers are called “perfect flowers” because they self-pollinate.
  • Grapevine flowers are fragrant and can fill the vineyard with pleasing aromas of spring flowers, perfume and fresh fruit.


May 1st, 2018

Wine of the Month – 2016 Matchbook Chardonnay!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Joey Casco aka “The Wine Stalker” named the 2016 Matchbook Chardonnay his Wine of the Month for May 2018!

We love Joey’s straight-forward and knowledgeable wine reviews.  Following is an excerpt from his review of the Matchbook 2016 “Old Head” Chardonnay.

“The color of the wine is a straw yellow. The first thing I get on the nose is toasty oak, followed by Bullseye caramel candy, melons, and pears. In the mouth it’s true to form with a fuller body than most Chardonnays in its price range, but it also has a brighter acidity than previous vintages and it’s even added a touch of sweetness. There’s flavors of pineapple, lemon custard, sweetened pear juice, and vanilla. Then it finishes with lemon custard and vanilla.

Still rockin’ it, still a great deal, still a recommendation. Love it!

Want to read more? Click here for the full review.