October 2019 – Matchbook Wines

Month: October 2019



October 24th, 2019

Charcuterie is EASY!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Matchbook Picnicking Guide: Tip #1

Fall is here and with it comes a bountiful selection of seasonal produce and recipes, and of course, wine! It’s no wonder why Sacramento and Yolo County are known as the farm-to-fork and farm-to-cork capital of California. This season we encourage you to “forage” your local shops and markets for picnicking accouterments to enjoy here at Matchbook.

Grab a selection of dried fruits, salty meats, creamy cheeses, and crisps – arrange artfully on a cheese board or plate. Don’t have time to arrange it yourself? Order a cheeseboard to-go from your local cheese shop or deli.

Browse the gallery below and be inspired to UP your picnicking game. Get creative with unique baskets, totes, tea towels, wooden bowls, and more.

Click on images to enlarge.

Perfect Pairings:

Stay tuned for more Matchbook Picnicking Tips! Happy Fall and happy Picnicking! We hope to see you soon, enjoying the changing colors of the grape leaves and the beautiful view of the Matchbook vineyards.

Visit the Matchbook Tasting Room daily from 11am-4:30pm and enjoy a picnic on our beautiful patio with a vineyard view.

October 15th, 2019

High Fives with The Matchbook Tasting Room Staff

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

This month the Matchbook Tasting Room will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary. Continuing with our theme of 5’s – we asked 5 members of our Tasting Room 5 questions. Here’s what they said …

1. Can you describe your favorite Matchbook wine in 5 words? Extra points for rhyming.

  • Maureen: “Pink, peach, crisp, all day!” (Tinto Rey Rosé)
  • Kendall: “Sunset, boyfriend, content, toasted, bread.” (Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay)
  • Greg: “Leather, pepper, cherry, gunsmoke, cassis.” (Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Wendy: “Red, bold, dry, smoky, smooth.” (Matchbook Petit Verdot)
  • Anna: “Buttery, oaky, a little smoky.” *Extra points for rhyming! (The Arsonist Chardonnay)

2. Are you a fan of high 5’s? Yay or nay? If nay, what do you prefer?

  • Maureen: “Yay!”
  • Kendall: “Nay, I’ll take a 5 dollar bill :)”
  • Greg: “Nay, I like a simple handshake and great wine conversation.”
  • Wendy: “Yay, that would be ok.”
  • Anna: “Yay!”

3. Quick – there’s a zombie apocalypse and they are coming towards the tasting room! You have time to grab 5 things, what do you go for?

  • Maureen:“Cash drawer, 2 glasses, Greg to hold the door open and out I go with a pallet of wine!”
  • Kendall: “Money, Old Head Chardonnay, wine glass charms, a bottle opener, and golf cart keys!”
  • Greg: “Magnum of Mossback Cab, a bottle opener, wine glass, my keys, and my sunglasses.”
  • Wendy: “Cash drawer, computer, rosé shirts, my purse, and some Petit Verdot.”
  • Anna: “The wine club pick-up list, the wine club update list, any new wine club sign up forms, a bottle opener and a bottle of  The Arsonist Chardonnay!”

4. You and 4 tasting room staffers form a band, what’s your band name?

  • Maureen: “Hide the Wine!” – new country band
  • Kendall: “Pour Choices” – electronica
  • Greg: “Drunk by Noon!” – big band jazz
  • Wendy: The Bad Matches” – punk rock!
  • Anna: “The Soft Tannins” – an indie band

5. Name 5 things you can’t live without?

  • Maureen: “My kids, snack foods, Coca-Cola, sweatpants, and wine!”
  • Kendall: “Coffee, chocolate, sushi, the gym, and Netflix.”
  • Greg: “My wife, my dogs, my energy drinks, good food, and good wine.”
  • Wendy: “Water, nature, love, respect, and meds. (For fun: shoes, nachos, jackets, bloody marys and dill pickles.)”
  • Anna: “Friends, family, a good view, food, and Matchbook wines!”

Discover our Tasting Room’s Top 5 Selling Wines! Click here.

October 15th, 2019

5 Years, Top 5 Wines!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

In honor of celebrating our Tasting Room’s 5th Anniversary – we ran the numbers to find out our Top 5 Selling Wines!

“I’m so excited to celebrate such a BIG milestone with Matchbook! In the year that I’ve been serving customers, I’ve met people that have been following us from the start as well as brand new customers that I’ve grown to love! I can’t wait to toast another year at our Anniversary Party!” – Maureen Henderson, Tasting Room Manager

2018 Tinto Rey
Estate Bottled

Fresh and delicious, this pretty wine has a depth of flavor that makes it the most popular Rosé all year long .
Hip, hip hooray, give me Rosé! »  




2017 Matchbook
Estate Bottled
Petite Sirah

This is the definition of a fun red wine. Dense, rich and luscious with a hint of sweet fruit to liven things up.
I’m the life of the party! »  



2018 Chasing Venus
Marlborough, New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc

Everything a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc should have: vibrant, mouthwatering flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and lime zest. Cheers, let’s celebrate! »  




2017 Tinto Rey
Estate Bottled

Delightful flavors of stone fruit and citrus pair well with al fresco dining with good friends.
Yum, better than cake! »  




2016 The Arsonist
Red Blend

A robust and refined blend of all the powerhouse reds: Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Power and grace in a bottle.
Forget the presents, give me the wine!»


Honorary Mention: Have you tried this 90-point national best seller?

Check out last year’s fab four, click here!

October 3rd, 2019

DOUBLE GOLD! Awarded to Chasing Venus by Sunset Magazine Wine Competition

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Our 2018 Chasing Venus Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was awarded DOUBLE GOLD and BEST OF CLASS in the 8th Annual Sunset Magazine Wine Competition! The review will be published in Sunset Magazine’s upcoming November / December Issue.

Get a bottle of Chasing Venus  – click here! It’s everything a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc should have: vibrant, mouthwatering flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and lime zest. Cheers!