Tasting Room – Matchbook Wines

Category: Tasting Room



December 16th, 2019

Get Fancy – Thinking Outside the Picnic Basket!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Matchbook Picnicking Guide: Tip #3

Picnics aren’t just for summer  – the same goes for oysters and a chilled bottle of Chasing Venus Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc! Take our word for it, just last week the Matchbook team hosted a fun and festive, oyster shuck employee happy hour! Matchbook Sales Manager, Steve Crosta, took an early morning road trip to Hog Island Oysters to procure a couple of bushels of fresh oysters for the team. The afternoon was spent in the cool air, sipping on wine and throwing back the sweet and fresh taste of Amethyst and Kusshi oysters.

“The 2019 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc has loads of what you expect from New Zealand – mild aromas and flavors of freshly cut grass coupled with a strong sense of kiwi fruit. Texture is classic, clean, crisp but with a richness and lingering finish you don’t often find with SBs from down under.”

– Steve Crosta, Sales Manager, Specialty & Export

We’ve been wowed by our guests who have been spotted picnicking at our tasting room with fresh oysters, caviar, Spanish paella, shrimp ceviche and sushi they brought in from local restaurants. We encourage you to think outside of the box and order your favorites to-go!

Perfect Pairings:

Beautiful cutting board, knives, and dishes from A Well Stocked Home in Woodland, CA.

Stay tuned for more Matchbook Picnicking tips!

Visit the Matchbook Tasting Room daily from 11am-4:30pm and enjoy a picnic on our beautiful patio with a vineyard view. Warm-up on our heated patio and snuggle up with a blanket from the tasting room!

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A Well Stocked Home is a home & lifestyle store focused on unique decor, kitchen and bar essentials and more. Located in charming downtown Woodland at 412 First Street. For more info visit www.awellstockedhome.com or follow on Instagram or Facebook.

Mention Matchbook and use discount code: AWSH10 (pronounced “A WASH”) to receive a 10% discount when shopping at A Well Stocked Home.

November 15th, 2019

Holiday Wine Cork Crafts by the Matchbook Crew!

by: Anna Sargent

Put on some Christmas music, fill your mug with Mulled Wine, grab a glue gun and some Matchbook corks – it’s crafter-noon!

Check out the Matchbook crew’s favorite cork crafts for the holiday season.

Cork Tree by Tasting Room Manager, Maureen H.

  • Supplies: corks, Styrofoam or cardboard cone, hot glue, ribbon, and assorted mini ornaments.
  • Directions: Start by gluing corks at the base of the foam tower and work your way to the top. Finish by decorating with ribbon and mini ornaments.

Snowman Wine Charms by Tasting Room Manager, Maureen H.

  • Supplies: wine corks, puff paint, twine, ribbon & jewelry screw eye pins.
  • Directions: Use small dots to create a smiling snowman face and nose. Let dry. Insert screw eye pin at top of the cork. Top with small bow and twine hanger. Add to your favorite bottle of Matchbook wine!

Cork Trivet by Art Director, Aileen M.

  • Supplies: wine corks & Tacky glue
  • Directions: Arrange corks on a flat surface in the pattern of your choice. Use craft glue to adhere. Let dry. Use as a wine bottle coaster or trivet for your Christmas casserole.

*Avoid using hot glue, which may melt when using with hot items.

Cork Bulletin Board by Tasting Room Associate, Wendy M.

  • Supplies: wine corks, hot glue, craft paint or acrylic paint, tacks, and backing of your choice (Wendy used an upcycled cheese tray).
  • Directions: Arrange corks in your holiday design on backing and use hot glue to adhere. Decorate and paint with festive colors. First order of business? Tacking on your grocery list: wine, wine, and more wine!
  • Tip: To get the most mileage out of your corks, cut them in half with a craft knife before gluing.

Cork Wreath Ornament by Wine Club & Events Director, Anna S.

  • Supplies: wine corks, hot glue, acrylic paint and artificial holly berries.
  • Directions: Arrange corks in circle, glue together with hot glue. Use ornament hook or jewelry screw eye as a hanger. Tie on a twine loop to hang. Decorate with a bow, acrylic paint, and artificial holly berries.

Cork Candy Cane Ornament by Accounting Staff, Sydni F.

  • Supplies: wine corks, hot glue, acrylic paint, twine, ribbon and jewelry screw eye pins.
  • Directions: Arrange corks in a candy cane shape, glue together with hot glue. Let dry. Paint every other cork red. Use ornament hook or jewelry screw eye as a hanger. Tie on a twine loop to hang. Decorate with bow.

Are you particularly proud of some of your own “Holiday Cork Crafts”? Share them with us on Facebook or Instagram using #Matchbookwines! We look forward to seeing your creative ideas!

From all of us at Matchbook: Merry CRAFTS-mas to all and to all a good wine!

-Anna Sargent
Events & Wine Club Director



October 24th, 2019

Charcuterie is EASY!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Matchbook Picnicking Guide: Tip #1

We’ve partnered with our friends at A Well Stocked Home and Greg Chapman, our in-house foodie and Tasting Room associate, to bring you a series of picnicking tipsOur first tip is all about charcuterie!

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 accoutrements 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 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 – all available at A Well Stocked Home, located in the heart of Historic Downtown Woodand!

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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.

A Well Stocked Home is a home & lifestyle store focused on unique decor, kitchen and bar essentials and more. Located in charming downtown Woodland at 412 First Street. For more info visit www.awellstockedhome.com or follow on Instagram or Facebook.

Mention Matchbook and use discount code: AWSH10 (pronounced “A WASH”) to receive a 10% discount when shopping at A Well Stocked Home.


June 26th, 2019

Cousins Maine Celebrates 4th Anniversary at Matchbook

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

On Saturday, June 22nd the Shark Tank-famed Cousins Maine Lobster Truck rolled up to Matchbook with not one, but TWO food trucks for tasting room guests to enjoy in celebration of their 4th anniversary.

In the summer of 2014, founders Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis along with Sacramento owners, Paul and Vickie Sharkey opened up the “doors” to Sacramento and Yolo County for their inaugural food truck event at Matchbook. Since then, Cousins Maine and Matchbook Wine Company have become the perfect pair for a day of wine tasting in the country.

“We love coming out to Matchbook, we love the staff and customers – but most of all, we love celebrating our anniversary at Matchbook, where we hosted our very first event. It means the world to us!” – Vickie Sharkey, owner of Cousins Maine Food Truck, Sacramento.

The Matchbook Tasting Room has hosted crowds of over 400 guests over the years.

“We adore Paul and Vickie – we think of them as our extended Matchbook family. Our lobster event days are a crowd favorite! Our guests and staff just can’t get enough of their tasty lobster rolls paired with our wines.” – Anna Sargent, Matchbook Wine Club & Events Director.

Check out our events calendar for more delicious food truck events!

May 29th, 2019

Rain or Shine – Yelpers Gonna Yelp!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

On Sunday, May 26th, Hannah D., Yelp Community Manager (Davis) and 36 of the Yelp Elite Squad gathered at Matchbook for what they call a OYE (Official Yelp Event) and boy, did they have a good time despite the pesky rain.

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Featured review by Vedran V. of Dixon, CA:

“It was an uncharacteristically cold and rainy day in the valley, but a couple of sprinkles could not stop us from enjoying (a lot) of Vino and beautiful Vines scenery. And in case you ever wondered when those Yelp ponchos might come in handy, wonder no more.

Matchbook Winery is about 30-40 minutes away from Davis/Vacaville/Dixon area (depending which route you take), and about the same distance away from Sacramento. I have not heard of Matchbook before, but they have a wonderful property and make some tasty wines, and am so grateful to Yelp for making this discovery. Not only were we treated to a tour of the property, but we also got to taste their Chardonnay right off the tank. One of the owners, John, was our tour guide and was a wealth of knowledge. While I prefer craft beer to wine, I thoroughly enjoyed the detail of information provided. I’ve been to enough wineries and noticed that some winemakers like to get very exclusive with their presentations, but John was very on point and never sounded exclusive or preachy. We tasted 5 of the Matchbook Wines on the tour, and needles to say, I loved all of them.

The lunch from Mendocino Farms (another 1st for me), was tasty and complimented the wines perfectly. I also loved how they made sure there was something for everyone (vegan/vegetarian/gluten free). Along with Polaroid photo ops, taken personally by our CM, this was an event to remember.

If looking for that special place, not too far from Davis, look no farther than Matchbook Winery. Their tasting room is wonderful and the wines they make are some of the best in the area. Truly a Napa-like experience, without all the fuss. Thank you Hannah and Yelp for all the work you put into this one and thanks to Matchbook and all the staff for hospitality. Can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon and to come back and enjoy the scenery on a sunny day!”

Read more YEE (Yelp Elite Event – this group likes their acronyms!) reviews and browse over 100 photos from the event. Click here.

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