February 2020 – Matchbook Wines

Month: February 2020



February 25th, 2020

A Matchbook LOVE Story

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Photo by Meg’s Marvels Photography, featuring  Matchbook Cabernet Sauvignon.

Your Valentine’s roses are wilting and your box of chocolates is empty … but don’t fret, there’s still so much LOVE in the air as February comes to a close. This story comes from Matchbook Tasting Room customer and Yelp (Davis) Community Leader, Hannah Dillman. We’ve already established the fact that Matchbook loves Yelpers and vice versa, what we didn’t anticipate was this beautiful and thoughtful review written by Hannah recounting her love for Matchbook.

Hannah’s Yelp Review:

“I’ve been putting off writing this review for nearly a year because I have so many amazing things to say about Matchbook that I haven’t been sure how I would even get it all out there. However, the time has come that I sing Matchbook praises as loudly as possible, and for as many people as possible.

Put most simply, Matchbook is heaven on earth. It’s an oasis away from a busy life, a breath of fresh air on a hectic day. Matchbook is nestled away in the foothills as if to act as a hidden gem from the rest of the world. I would have never found out about Matchbook had it not been for a Yelp Event. That Yelp Event, quite literally, changed my life.

The first time I went to Matchbook it was a Wintery day and though the tasting room was empty, and I was just there for a meeting, I was immediately aware of the warmth that radiated from their staff and the coziness of their both indoor and outdoor areas. Eventually, I came back for the actual Yelp Event … and it was raining. But even on a rainy day, the natural beauty of the setting that surrounds the Matchbook tasting room shined through.

I was finally able to come back and bring my boyfriend in tow to Matchbook during an evening with perfect weather. It was everything I had witnessed previously, and even more. So far, though, I’ve only mentioned the beauty of the tasting room views, and the wonderful Matchbook staff. However, if those two things weren’t enough, their wine. is. divine. My father-in-law has been a part of probably ten wine clubs over the last several decades and even he boasts about the $20 Tempranillo that Matchbook produces. That’s right, if I hadn’t convinced you with the amazing views, the wonderful staff, and the delicious wines, the prices are AMAZING. I never knew I was a red wine fan until I started drinking Matchbook wine.

Matchbook so, so quickly became a favorite date night spot for us as they stay open later on the weekends during the summer months. Whether we were bringing our own picnic or enjoying one of the many food trucks that visits, it is always a treat to spend an evening or afternoon with Matchbook. In fact, we spent so much time at Matchbook and fell so deeply in love with the location itself, that when the time came… that’s where my fiancé proposed. When I said that Matchbook changed my life, it wasn’t because the wine is divine, or the staff is some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Matchbook quite literally became the backdrop of the beginning of my very own love story. And with its rolling green hills, and vineyards that extend as far as the eye can see, I can’t imagine a more perfect setting.”

Would you like to share your wonderful experience at Matchbook? Yelp it out! Visit our business page and write a review.

February 19th, 2020

Wine Club Recipe: Sausage & Peppers Flatbread

by: Senica Gonzalez

We’re warming things up a little this February with our new Sausage and Pepper Flatbread recipe! The balance of spice and crisp pepper flavors pair perfectly with the release of Mossback Chalk Hill Merlot – our first Tasting Room Exclusive! This is one of my favorite recipes so far, for its versatility and for the opportunity to use Christopher Ranch Garlic from my hometown of Gilroy! I highly recommend experimenting with some different balsamic vinegars to add some interesting dimension! I hope you enjoy our brand new Merlot with some excellent food and great company!

Makes: Approximately 5 – 6 servings | Total Prep/Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 1½ yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 bunch green onion, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 flatbread crust
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 tbsp. Chopped Christopher Ranch garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp. mayo
  • 1-2 tbsp. Matchbook Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Brown sausage in pan, drain excess oil and set aside. In the same pan, heat a tablespoon of oil and cook bell peppers for 2 minutes. Add in garlic and cook for 10 seconds, add in cooked sausage and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Place the sausage and pepper mixture into a bowl. Mix in mayo and set aside.
  4. Brush flatbread lightly with oil and place on a cookie sheet. Toast in the oven for 45 seconds on broil.
  5. Remove bread from oven and top with sausage mixture, Monterey Jack cheese, green onion, and cherry tomato slices. Return to oven and broil for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Plate and enjoy with a glass of Mossback Chalk Hill Merlot.

Tips & Mods:

  • Sharing is caring. Swap out crostini for flatbread to make a shareable snack!
  • Spice it up! Use a spicy Italian sausage or chorizo to add some zing.
  • Want crispier crust? Use a pizza stone instead of a cookie sheet.

Mossback Chalk Hill Merlot is available exclusively in our tasting room!

Want more information about how to join the Matchbook Wine Club? Visit our website, click here.

February 14th, 2020

Matchbook & The Arsonist Chardonnay Score 90s!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

We just received two 90-point reviews from Anthony Dias Blue’s Blue Lifestyle!




2018 The Arsonist Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay
91 POINTSSmooth and creamy with nice depth and balance; rich, complex and subtle with vanilla new oak and ripe – but not heavy – fruit; long and generous. Buy a bottle!

2018 Matchbook Estate Bottled Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay
90 POINTS – A surprisingly impressive wine at this price; lush and creamy with ripe fruit and notes of vanilla oak; dense and rich but tangy and balanced. Buy a bottle!

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