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August 16th, 2016

Cheers to Chasing Venus

by: Ashley Johnson

It’s safe to say that Sauvignon Blanc is a summer staple. When the days are long and the temperatures are high, it’s nice to just sit back and sip something crisp and refreshing.

Marlborough is the largest wine growing region in New Zealand and it’s also home to some of the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc. It’s only natural that Matchbook Wine Company chose this location as the source for our highly aromatic 2015 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc. But why Chasing Venus?


In 1769, an intrepid explorer by the name of Captain Cook set out on a mission aboard the HMS Endeavor. Disguised as a voyage to study the passage of the planet Venus across the disc of the sun, Cook’s true objective was to discover the elusive “Southern Continent.” Although Captain Cook was hoping to discover Australia, which he eventually did, he first came upon New Zealand.

In honor of that voyage and Captain Cook’s aspirations, Matchbook Wine Company has crafted a Sauvignon Blanc that matches the spirit and vigor of that mission. The response has been overwhelming.

The grapes that go into producing Chasing Venus come from small family farms in Marlborough. Herbal aromas mesh with gooseberry, grapefruit and passion fruit. Flavors of citrus, guava and passion fruit pith with a zesty lime finish invigorate the senses.

With an “Exceptional” rating, 92 Points and a Gold Medal from, Chasing Venus also picked up this honor, “tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long lemon curd, lime, gherkin, and grass finish with fruit tannins and no oak …”

Dan Berger over at the Napa Valley Register, and also the namesake for Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition where Chasing Venus received a Gold Medal, praised Chasing Venus by saying, “… This sensational New Zealand screw-capped effort has wild blossomy notes to add interests to grapefruit and gooseberry primary aromas …” Read his review here.

Over at Crave Local, Chasing Venus captured these words of praise, “ … Floral notes with a bit of passion fruit and guava on the long dry finish make this one (of) our favorite sauvignon blancs this season …”

Jeremy Wilson at Texas Wine Lover, a blog founded in 2011 by Jeff Cope to help promote Texas wine, had this to say about Chasing Venus, “This is a classically styled New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that I can highly recommend. It is bright, bold, and quite frankly a joy to drink, especially on a hot afternoon on the back porch with friends and family …” You can read the full article here.

Ironically, at Rockin Red Blog, which shares wine stories and introduces fellow wine lovers to new wines by making them less intimidating, shared this about Chasing Venus, “… rich and round texture, crisp and bright acidity that is mouth-watering good, lingering zesty finish…”

Here at Matchbook, where passion fans the flames of our winemaking, we are proud to have crafted a wine such as Chasing Venus that produces great reviews, wins awards, and receives points in the 90s, but most importantly brings pleasure to people when opening a bottle and sharing it with friends.

Try a bottle and review it for yourself, or visit our tasting room with your friends and enjoy a bottle on our shaded, misted patio today.

August 10th, 2016

Cousins Maine Lobster Comes Again

by: Ashley Johnson

In 2012, Cousins Maine Lobster founders Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank with a dream to share delicious seafood straight from their hometown in Maine. With one food truck already under their belt that opened in Los Angeles to a line of 50 people, they were grilled by the investors on Shark Tank. But, they prevailed and walked away with a business partner Barbara Corcoran who helped them establish firm footing for their business and a road map for future success.


Today, Cousins Maine Lobster has food trucks in 10 regions throughout the United States, and also offers home delivery of their lobster treats online.

One of these 10 regions where Cousins Maine Lobster can be found is Sacramento. And, for the past year Matchbook Wine Company and Cousins Maine Lobster Sacramento have been working together to provide wine and lobster lovers delicious wine and savory lobster dishes.

On Saturday June 25, Matchbook Wine Company celebrated its one-year anniversary with Cousins Maine Lobster Sacramento owners Paul and Vickie Sharkey. To further mark this anniversary, Cousins Co-founder Jim Tselikis made a special trip out to Matchbook to revel in this special occasion.

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June 10th, 2016

Have you heard the Bay Area Buzz about Yolo County?

by: Aileen Niizawa Morris


Matchbook Wine was featured in Bay Area Buzz

“Yolo County is synonymous with UC Davis, my alma mater. However, much to my surprise, there is much more to Yolo than expected. Just over the mountain range from Napa Valley, it is an up and coming wine region; you can find a fine bottle of wine for very reasonable prices. Yolo also has strong roots in agriculture, which explains why farm-to-table food is becoming more and more prevalent here.

Matchbook Wines boasts a relaxing patio and vast vineyard views. This is the place to visit if you have a couple of hours to spare and just soak it all in. The winery is family owned and all of the grapes used are estate grown. Our favorite wine here was The Arsonist red blend. Make sure to have a taste when you visit! Check their website for some fun summer events too.”


June 7th, 2016

2015 Matchbook Rosé of Tempranillo featured in

by: Aileen Niizawa Morris


Our 2015 Matchbook Rose was featured in the Enobytes line up of Fresh Roses for Summer:

2015 Matchbook Rose of Tempranillo, Dunnigan Hills, California

Playful and light with violet and peach notes. Great quality to price ratio (QPR) making it a perfect summer sipper for family picnics. Grab some bottles and enjoy the afternoon with friends and family.

May 18th, 2016

Review of Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc 2015

by: Aileen Niizawa Morris

Texas Wine Lover, “the premier web site for Texas wine news and information”, features a wonderful review of our 2015 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc. “This is a classically styled New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that I can highly recommend. It is bright, bold, and quite frankly a joy to drink, especially on a hot afternoon on the back porch with friends and family…” Read more here.