June 2020 – Matchbook Wines

Month: June 2020



June 26th, 2020

Chasing Venus Scores 91 Points!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Our Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc was just awarded 91 points in The Tasting Panel Magazine’s July / August issue. This go-to white wine is perfect for summer sipping. Pair it with your favorite warm-weather dishes like grilled chicken, sushi, vegetable pasta, or an herbaceous garden salad. Watch our tasting video below to familiarize yourself with this charming wine.


Get a bottle! Shop our online wine store to experience this bright and lively Sauvignon Blanc! Click here.




June 22nd, 2020

Wine Club Recipe: Stuffed Pasilla Peppers with Cauliflower Lime Rice

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Makes: Approximately 4 servings | Total Prep/Cook Time: 25 minutes


  •  ½ lb. Italian turkey sausage, casing removed
  • ½ lb. lean ground beef
  • 4 Pasilla peppers
  • 1 cup Las Palmas red enchilada sauce
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 cups cauliflower lime rice
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese

Cauliflower Lime Rice:

  • 1 head cauliflower, with greens removed
  • 2 tbsp. Matchbook Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ tbsp. lime zest
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Combine turkey sausage and ground beef. Brown in a pan and drain excess oil. Set aside.
  3. Prepare rice: Grate cauliflower to a fine rice-like consistency. Pat dry. In a skillet, sauté withMatchbook Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic. Cover and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, salt, and black pepper. Set aside.
  4. Cut peppers lengthwise in half and remove seeds. Place cut side down on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Broil on high for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until lightly blistered.
  5. Fill peppers, layering rice, meat, and 1-2 tablespoons enchilada sauce. Top with a generous sprinkle of cheese. Broil until cheese is melted. Top with cilantro. Enjoy with Mossback Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir (a tasting room exclusive) or with a slightly chilled glass of Tinto Rey Estate Bottled Tempranillo.

Tips & Mods:

  • Want to go meatless? Swap the meat for black beans & Rotel Chili
  • Want to cut the spice? Use Poblano peppers instead of Pasilla.
  • Short on time? Use a bag of frozen Cauliflower rice and skip grating!
  • Get cheesy! Experiment with different cheese mixtures. Try feta or cotija – or a mix of your favorites.

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

June 1st, 2020

Matchbook Tasting Room FAQ & COVID-19 Updates

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Updated 7/14/20

Hello Matchbook Fans! We have received several inquiries asking if we are still open and the answer is YES! We will continue to provide OUTDOOR seating for you to enjoy with a flight of your favorite Matchbook wines. Current hours (listed below) will remain and we will continue to book reservations for all weekend food truck events.

😷 It is also important to note that in compliance with Yolo County’s current health orders you must have a mask on to enter and anytime you are not seated at your designated table. We will continue to do our best to keep our patio, bathrooms, and tasting room fully sanitized and encourage you to take advantage of the hand sanitizer stations at multiple points on our patio!

Curbside Pick-Up & Walk-Ins:
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 4:30pm
Friday: 11am – 2pm
Place your order online or by calling 530-662-1032, ext. 215

Call (530)662-1032, ext. 215, to reserve a table on our patio:
Friday: 4pm – 9pm
Saturday: 11am – 8:30pm
Sunday: 11am- 4:30pm

📅 Keep updated on Matchbook events by viewing our calendar on Facebook and our website.

📦 I know not everyone is ready to join us again and so please don’t forget that you can pick up your favorite wines via our curbside pick up, or take advantage of $5 flat rate shipping on all online orders of 6 bottle or more using the code WINENOT!

🍷 Cheers!
Maureen Henderson
Matchbook Tasting Room Manager

Helpful Videos:

Here’s what it looks like now that we’re back open again. Click here to view!

Phase 3 Video Update. Click here to view! (Updated COVID-19 procedures)

Phase 2 Video Update. Click here to view!

Do I need to make a reservation?
Reservations are required on our Friday, Saturday and Sunday event days. Please call our tasting room at (530)662-1032, ext. 215 to secure a table. We check our voicemail several times a day. The patio is open for seating on Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 11am – 8:30pm and Sunday 11am – 4:30pm. If you get a busy signal or if you’re not able to reach us, please leave a voicemail with your name, phone number, number of people in your party and your desired reservation date and time.

Are you allowing walk-ins?
Yes. We are now open for you to enjoy a wine flight or your favorite bottle: Monday – Thursday, 11am – 4:30pm and Friday, 11am – 3pm – no reservation required. Picnic food and snacks are welcome.

Are you still offering curbside pick-up?
Yes! We will continue to offer our curbside pick-up service Monday – Thursday, 11am – 4:30pm and Friday, 11am – 3pm . You can place your order online or by calling (530)662-1032, ext. 215.

Is there a time limit on my reserved table?
To allow for the maximum number of guests to enjoy our patio in one day, reservations are allotted a two and a half-hour time limit, because of this there will be no room to extend your reservation if you are late. We will do our best to see you within 15 minutes of the start of your reservation time!

Am I required to wear a face-covering or mask?
Masks must be worn from the time of arrival until you are seated at your table. While at your table you may remove your mask and enjoy your food and drink, if you get up from your table to walk to the bathroom, your car, the food truck, or stretch your legs you will need to wear your mask! Masks are not mandatory for our guests under age 2 and are at the discretion of parents/legal guardians for children under age 12. Per Yolo County’s Health Department ordinance.

Can I bring my dog?
Yes, we are now allowing pets on our patio on our non-event days.

Will there be a health screening?
Yes. Upon check-in you will be asked a 4 question health and safety screening:

  • Have you traveled out of the continental United States in the last two weeks?
  • Have you had a fever of 100.6 or more in the last two weeks?
  • Are you experiencing now or have you experienced any of the following symptoms related to the coronavirus in the last two weeks: cough, shortness of breath, fever, loss of taste or smell?
  • Are you ready to enjoy some delicious food and wine? 😄

Why am I required to order food with my wine?
UPDATE as of 6/12/20  – You are NOT required to order food with your wine. You are welcome to simply enjoy our wines and bring your own picnic if desired on our non-event days. 
In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines put in place by Yolo County, our tasting room must operate as a restaurant. For us, this means hosting a food truck on days our patio is open. You are required to place a food order with your wine. Once seated at your table, a tasting room associate will act as your server, taking your food and wine order – just like you were at a restaurant!

Where can I wash my hands? 
We have hand sanitizer stations located at check-in and on the patio.

How are you enforcing social distancing?
Please be aware of signs directing the flow of traffic upon entering and exiting the patio. This will help to keep incoming and outgoing guests socially distanced.