Tasting Room – Matchbook Wines

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June 26th, 2019

Cousins Maine Celebrates 4th Anniversary at Matchbook

by: Virginia 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 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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May 29th, 2019

Matchbook Tasting Room Events Take Center Stage!

by: Virginia Sandfer

The sound of twangy blues guitar, sassy vocals and the tip-tap of drums echoed over the Matchbook Vineyard as the Blues Dues American Roots band took center stage. The smell of fresh roasted Gilroy-grown garlic wafted from Andes Pizza truck oven while an Italian greeting was shouted out of the bustling Che Buono Food truck window – starting off the night with a bang.

Matchbook debuted its brand new, custom built stage on Friday, May 24th. The 24′ x 16′ stage was designed and built by Matchbook co-owner, Karl Giguiere. The stage rests at the bottom of the sloping green lawn that leads to the tasting room, with the backdrop of rolling hills and vines. Blues Dues rocked the stage playing the likes of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, along with plenty of original songs. Hambone Slim, the front man, wooed the crowd with his superb guitar playing skills and vocals. Hundreds of guests armed with bottles and glasses of wine enjoyed the view of the stage from the comfort of picnic blankets and chairs. The night came to a perfect end as the band finished their last song with the glowing orange sunset sinking behind them.

“What a beautiful event! We loved playing at Matchbook (as we always do) and this show was special because we had the honor of using their awesome professional outdoor amphitheater stage! As musicians, it is so great to have the right amount of space and lighting to let us create a top quality show. Matchbook is on our list of favorite venues to perform. The staff and patrons are always friendly and the vibe is the best! We can’t wait to come back!”

– “Hambone Slim”, Blues Dues American Roots Band

Be sure to catch one of our epic sunsets this summer! The events calendar is chock full of live music and tasty food truck events. Don’t miss out  – see the full 2019 list here.


March 20th, 2019

Matchbook is Open LATER for the Summer!

by: Virginia Sandfer

You heard it right! The Matchbook Tasting Room is getting ready for the summer and extending its hours on Fridays and Saturdays! Summer Sunset Hours will begin Friday, May 3rd and run through Saturday, September 28th. The Matchbook summer line-up includes a variety of food trucks with amazing cuisine and musical talent.

“We have some great events planned throughout the summer. There will be a mix of fan-favorite bands and food trucks as well as some new ones that we’re very excited about!”
–Wine Club Manager & Event Director, Anna Sargent.

Customers can enjoy tastings for $10 at the Matchbook tasting room bar or on the spacious patio overlooking the picturesque vineyard and rolling hills. Wine is also for sale by the bottle. During warmer temperatures, the misting system will be on to cool down the patio.

Bring your beach chairs and picnic blankets to take advantage of “the best seat in the house” – the gorgeous, green lawn!

“I’m excited to serve our guests while they enjoy a bottle of wine on the patio, watching the beautiful sunset. I hope our customers take advantage of our new late hours and make Fridays and Saturdays at Matchbook a repeat occasion!” –Tasting Room Manager, Maureen Henderson.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sat 21

Masa Guisería – Authentic Mexico City Style Tacos

September 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 27

End of Summer Bash! with Cousins Maine Lobster & Bottom Dwellers Band

September 27 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Click here to view the full 2019 schedule »

Matchbook provides a family-friendly atmosphere – all are welcome to join, but to enjoy wine, you must be 21 years or older.  

We love dogs, and welcome them leashed during our regular business hours, but please due to the popularity of our events we cannot accommodate furry, four legged friends during the Summer Sunset evenings.

 

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December 17th, 2018

Matchbook Tasting Room: Meet Anna & Maureen

by: Virginia Sandfer

Meet Matchbook’s Tasting Room Management Team

Anna Sargent 
Events & Wine Club Director

Anna has served as the Matchbook Assistant Tasting Room Manager for over a year and has been promoted to Events and Wine Club Director. Always positive, helpful and resourceful, Anna pairs perfectly at Matchbook!

Anna was born and raised in Gilroy, CA. In 2017, she received her BA in Business Administration with a Concentration in Entertainment and Tourism Management from CSU Fullerton. Anna moved to Woodland after graduation, immediately fell in love with Matchbook Winery, and jumped at the chance to be the Tasting Room Assistant Manager in 2017. While going to school in Orange County, she attended the Disney college program and worked at Disneyland for three years. It was there she found her passion for helping create memorable experiences for park visitors – something she enjoys doing now for the Matchbook tasting room clientele. Anna loves all forms of entertainment from music to movies to video games. She especially enjoys them with a tasty glass of wine, beer or cider.

Favorite wine: Tinto ReySuper Tinto Red Blend
Favorite thing about the holidays: Sharing great food and wine, swapping stories and watching Christmas movies with family members you haven’t seen in a while.
When I’m not drinking wine, you can find me: Hanging out in Woodland or Winters – usually at other wineries, breweries and restaurants – enjoying everything that our beautiful Yolo County has to offer.


Maureen Henderson 
Tasting Room Manager

Matchbook is excited to welcome Maureen Henderson as Tasting Room Manager. Maureen, a former restaurant manager and beverage manager, brings an excellent customer service background and years of food and wine knowledge to the team. Say hello to her next time you stop by the tasting room. She looks forward to meeting you!

Maureen was born and raised in Southern New Jersey, just across the bridge from Philadelphia. She seemingly spent her entire life gaining a wealth of experience in the beverage and hospitality biz. She started in the restaurant industry at 16 years old at a classic New Jersey diner. She left after ten years to gain experience in the corporate restaurant setting at Seasons 52. In her five years there, she worked her way up from server/bartender to Service Professional to Beverage Manager. In the middle of her time at Seasons she squeezed in two years at Canada Dry Delaware Valley, learning all about the soft drink industry. Maureen joined Matchbook at the end of 2018 to manage the winery’s hospitality. Maureen lives in Plumas Lake with her husband Mike, a pilot in the Air Force, and their two daughters Camryn and Remi. She loves crafts, painting projects with her kids and all the Philadelphia sports teams.

Favorite wine: Matchbook Petite Sirah (Newbies have to stick together!)
Favorite thing about the holidays: Christmas Lights – driving around and seeing everyone’s houses lit up!
When I’m not drinking wine, you can find me: Crafting – wreaths, painting, art projects with my kids!

Get to know the Matchbook team, click here!