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!
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!
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 accouterments 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 it 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.
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.