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.
The new year is shining with GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE on ALL 13 wines we submitted to the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The following received awards for:
• 2108 The Arsonist Red Blend
• 2017 Tinto Rey Super Tinto Red Blend
• 2020 Pillars of Hercules Red Blend
• 2020 The Arsonist Chardonnay
• 2020 Matchbook Cabernet Sauvignon
• 2020 Matchbook Chardonnay
• 2019 Matchbook Malbec
• 2018 Matchbook Petit Verdot
• 2020 Matchbook Petite Sirah
• 2021 Tinto Rey Rosé
• 2019 Tinto Rey Tempranillo
• 2019 Black’s Station Cabernet Sauvignon
• 2020 Tinto Rey Verdejo
Come visit our tasting room to taste these award-winning wines!
Wines are available for purchase in our tasting room and on our online wine store.
We just received two 90-point reviews from Anthony Dias Blue’s Blue Lifestyle!
2018 The Arsonist Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay
91 POINTS – Smooth and creamy with nice depth and balance; rich, complex and subtle with vanilla new oak and ripe – but not heavy – fruit; long and generous. Buy a bottle!
2018 Matchbook Estate Bottled Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay
90 POINTS – A surprisingly impressive wine at this price; lush and creamy with ripe fruit and notes of vanilla oak; dense and rich but tangy and balanced. Buy a bottle!
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The Arsonist is on FIRE! Collecting 91 points from Tasting Panel Magazine. The review will be published in the upcoming September issue. We love their “shimmering” review:
“Rich, generous nose; golden color; lush and shimmering with creamy texture and rich, toasty flavors; ripe pear fruit riding on juicy, bright acidity; a really good value.” – Tasting Panel Magazine
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Wine Enthusiast has awarded The Arsonist 2017 Estate Bottled Chardonnay 93 points & Editors’ Choice and will be featured in their October 2019 issue. We are thrilled to receive our fourth consecutive 90+ point score from this prestigious magazine. We’d like to thank our stellar winemaking and vineyard team for crafting delicious high quality wines with the perfect balance of Power and Grace. We are heading into this year’s harvest with gold stars and good feelings!
Wine Enthusiast Full Review:
This indulgent, full-bodied wine goes all out on richness. Aromas of malted milk, vanilla and cream lead to layered hazelnut, crème brûlée and poached pear flavors, while the viscous texture carries through for a lingering finish. – JIM GORDON
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