On August 30th, we celebrate International Cabernet Day*, which makes it the perfect time to announce our Matchbook 2016 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon has received 90 Points & Best Buy from Wine Enthusiast, October 2018 Issue. Cheers to celebrating Cabernet, the Matchbook way!
Full Review: This wine blends subtle spices with rich fruit for a seductive flavor profile. It maintains a velvety texture on the palate and through the lingering finish. Flavors of blueberry and baking spice give it plenty of personality. —J. Gordon
September is California Wine Month! Did you know California is the most visited state in the U.S. for food- and wine-related activities, attracting 24 million people each year, and the producer of more than 400 specialty crops (via Discover California).
We celebrate this month, by reflecting on our home: Yolo County.
It’s said that Yolo County puts the “Farm” in America’s Farm to Fork Capital. The fertile flat lands are covered in wide swaths of almonds and walnuts, tomatoes and sunflowers, rice, corn and olives. The rocky rolling hills are home to grain, livestock and grapevines. This is a diverse agricultural region populated by families who have farmed here for generations.
While the region has a long history of farming, not a lot of us are bound to tradition. Each generation brings new ideas about how to improve the quality, economics and sustainability to pass on to the next generation. On land our parents farmed dryland grain and feed crops we are making wine and olive oil, raising grass-fed beef and organic vegetables.
The region is gaining notoriety for thoughtful and innovative agriculture, and for the one thing that has always been at the core: Yolo County is where food (and wine) comes from.
Matchbook welcomes winemaker, Brandon Reitz, to the Matchbook team.
Brandon Reitz grew up in the Sierra Nevada foothills, working outside driving equipment and building various structures. He worked for a large home building contractor and attended CSU Chico, but left the building industry after the economic downturn of 2007. He returned home, disappointed with the construction industry and not sure where his passions truly lay, just in time to help his father rip up their hilltop homestead to plant vineyards. Under the tutelage of a consulting Viticulturist from Napa, Brandon fully embraced the hard, rocky, dirty job. After moving to Napa, working harvest at a custom crush facility and attending Napa Valley College’s Viticulture and Enology program, he knew he had found his passion. At the custom crush facility, Brandon worked with small winery clients on their productions and was kept on after harvest as a full-time cellar hand.
His dedication and energy caught the interest of one of those custom crush clients, renowned cult winemaker Mark Herold. For the next three years, Brandon worked with Herold’s various wines, styles and clients before moving on to Bin to Bottle in Napa where he worked as Client Winemaker and ended as the Assistant Director of Winemaking. Working with 30 custom crush clients and wines from all over California proved to be his greatest learning experience. By the Winter of 2017, seven years of commuting from Sacramento to Napa had taken its toll and a change was needed. Brandon wanted to work closer to home. He knew that fine wines could be made outside of Napa if the vines, climate, soil and people were “right”. When the position at Matchbook became available, Brandon knew there was an opportunity and jumped in with both feet. After working with Steve Mathiasson, he knew that great wines were being produced from the Dunnigan Hills AVA and shortly thereafter his decision to join the Matchbook team was finalized.
In his spare time Brandon enjoys off-time with his wife Jordan and their two-year-old son Harrison. With their black lab Hank, they explore the American River parkway and enjoy visiting lesser known wineries and traveling along the California coast.
Greg Giguiere, Director of Vineyard Operations at Matchbook, discusses barn owls and rodent control with the UC Davis Barn Owl Project led by Dr. Sara Kross.
“My family’s been growing wine grapes here since the 1970s, and controlling rodents is a big part of our integrated pest management program,” Giguiere said. “We have 40 owl boxes on the farm. The rodent control is what we’re after, and it’s part of having an integrated system of biodiversity and biological controls to complement the chemical options we have for controlling these types of things.”