July 2018 – Matchbook Wines

Month: July 2018



July 26th, 2018

More Than Gold! for 2014 Matchbook Tempranillo – Dan Berger International Wine Competition

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Our smooth and seductive Spanish varietal Tempranillo is the new darling of this year’s wine competitions! The 2014 Matchbook Tempranillo was awarded Triple Gold, Best of Class in the 2018 Dan Berger International Wine CompetitionThis is on top of the 94 points Platinum, Best Tempranillo at the 2018 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. Cheers to scoring more than GOLD!

Here are all the results of the competition:

  • Triple Gold, Best of Class – 2014 Matchbook Tempranillo
  • Gold – 2017 Tinto Rey Verdejo
  • Gold – 2017 Tinto Rey Rose
  • Gold – 2017 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc
  • Gold – 2016 Black’s Station Cabernet
  • Silver – 2016 Arsonist Chardonnay
  • Silver – 2015 Arsonist Red
  • Silver – 2015 Mossback Cabernet
  • Silver – 2016 Black’s Station Chardonnay
  • Bronze – 2015 Tinto Rey Super Tinto
  • Bronze – 2016 Mossback Pinot Noir

July 24th, 2018

Black’s Station Label Refresh by Artist Steven Noble

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Introducing Black’s Station 2017 Chardonnaynow with a newly designed label by internationally recognized illustrator and scratchboard artist, Steven Noble. Matchbook Wine Company is excited to be part of Noble’s list of high caliber clients such as Coors, Exxon-Mobil , JP Morgan and Mercedes-Benz. We hope you enjoy the new vintage and new look of Black’s Station. Available now in our wine store, click here to buy!

Before (2016 Label Design) • After (2017 Label Design by Steven Noble)


Back in the 1800’s …
Due east of Napa, tucked away in northern California’s rolling Dunnigan Hills, is a little town called Zamora. Back in the late 1800’s, folks used to call it Black’s Station. At its height, this hub founded by J.J. Black boasted a hotel, two stores, a jail, blacksmith shops and a town hall. Today we grow our grapes in Zamora and we’d like to think that the wines carry with them the character and frontier-style of the old town.

July 9th, 2018

2018 California State Fair Awards

by: Lane Giguiere

July is California State Fair time. And once again, Matchbook walked away with a bunch of awards at the annual wine competition. Enjoy the fair July 13 to 29. Enjoy the award-winning Matchbook wines all year long!

2018 California State Fair Awards:

  • 2017 Matchbook Rose of Tempranillo – DOUBLE GOLD, 99 Points, Best of Class of Appellation
  • 2016 Tinto Rey Verdejo – Silver, 93 points, Best of Class of Appellation
  • 2016 Black’s Station Chardonnay – Silver, 93 points, Best of Class of Appellation
  • 2015 Arsonist Red Blend – Silver, 91 points, Best of Class of Appellation
  • 2016 Matchbook Chardonnay – Silver, 91 Points
  • 2016 Matchbook Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver, 91 points
  • 2016 Mossback Chardonnay – Silver, 91 Points
  • 2016 Black’s Station Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver, 91 points
  • 2016 Arsonist Chardonnay – Bronze
  • 2017 Tinto Rey Rose – Bronze
  • 2015 Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze
  • 2016 Mossback Russian River Pinot Noir – Bronze
  • 2016 Mossback Central Coast Pinot Noir – Bronze
  • 2016 Black’s Station Malbec – Bronze


July 1st, 2018

Matchbook Chardonnay Named Best Chardonnay Under $17 by Tasting Panel Magazine

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

From Tasting Panel Magazine | July 2018

“After tasting more than 75 Chardonnays over the past several months, our team battened down the hatches to choose our ten best from the bunch. While there were many fine competitors, these wines stood out for taste, character, mouthfeel, balance and all the other important attributes that make a wine noteworthy. These wines work hard for the retailer and the restaurateur by offering outstanding value for customers in this competitive, high-volume segment. These ratings are based on scores within this tasting group of wines.

Read the Full Review:

Matchbook 2016 Old Head Chardonnay, Dunnigan Hills($15)

Aged six months in previously used barrels, this golden straw– colored wine carries a toasted aroma with a smooth, buttery mouthfeel full of creamy fruit, almond paste, and melon preceding a long finish with a bit ofminerality. 92

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