Chasing Venus – Matchbook Wines

Category: Chasing Venus



November 29th, 2022

Matchbook is Certified Green

by: Lane Giguiere

Maybe you’ve noticed the sheep. Or you’ve seen the carpet of green grass, peas and flowers blanketing the vineyard floor.

Both are evidence of Matchbook’s conversion from conventional farming to regenerative and organic. Three years into this project, our sustainable efforts have been recognized by Project Harvest’s California Rules Sustainable Winegrowing certification on the 400 acres of estate vineyards.

The California Rules Certified Green seal signifies a third-party audited commitment to farming that is environmentally and socially responsible while also being economically viable. This credential is just the first step in our mission to become certified organic and regenerative.

While the winery’s initial goal of improving vine health through regenerative farming was to increase the quality of our Estate Bottled wines, “The environmental benefits are now as big a focus,” says John Giguiere, owner of Matchbook Wine Company. The prolonged drought and rising costs make the move to regenerative agriculture more important. Cover crops, grazing sheep and compost teas have eliminated the need for synthetic fertilizers, created a carbon sink and increased the water-holding capacity of the soil.

“It’s been invigorating to take on this large and very important project at this stage of our careers,” Giguiere continues. “Reversing 40 years of farming philosophy is not easy, but we see the need to reduce our farming inputs and water usage while increasing quality and profitability. Sustainable and regenerative agriculture is a win for both the farmer and the environment.”

The California Rules Certified Green Sustainable Winegrowing seal will be added to Matchbook’s estate grown wines beginning with the 2022 vintage.

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.




December 8th, 2017

New Release: 2017 Chasing Venus!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

NEW RELEASE! Incredibly aromatic and a perfect holiday aperitif. Enjoy the intoxicating aromas of citrus and passion fruit followed by vibrant, mouthwatering flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and lime zest.  To get your bottle today click here.






March 13th, 2017

Gold, Gold, Gold and Double Gold from SF Chronicle Wine Competition

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer


We are thrilled to share that Matchbook Wine Company earned 19 medals, including one Double Gold and three Gold medals at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.  John, Lane and Karl Giguiere founded Matchbook with the goal of making artisan wines at a price they did not mind paying. This commitment to quality and value is affirmed in the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Visit our Web store to buy these gold medal wines today!

February 23rd, 2017

90 POINTS for Chasing Venus 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Tasting Panel Magazine awarded our very own 2016 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand 90 POINTS in the February/March 2017 issue. We agree the wine is “smooth and juicy” with flavors of “guava and gooseberry.”  A great wine that is “tangy, clean and balanced.” Please click here for the full review.