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April 16th, 2015

Shipping across America

by: Senica Gonzalez

Matchbook Shipping


Matchbook Wine Company now ships to (give or take) 1/3 of all US states–including newest additions North Dakota and Massachusetts.

Got family in one of these places? Show ’em you love ’em, ship ’em some wine:

New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Washington (state)
Washington, DC

January 15th, 2015

Cleaning up at SF Chronicle Wine Competition

by: Senica Gonzalez

The results of this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition are in, and we’re happy to report that Matchbook cleaned house. Out of the 15 wines entered into the competition, we walked away with 12 medals… including three Gold Medals and a Best of Class awarded to the Matchbook 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Not too shabby.

Here’s a look at our highest performers:

Best of Class
Matchbook 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Matchbook 2010 Tinto Rey
Mossback 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Chasing Venus 2013 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay
Matchbook 2014 Rose of Tempranillo
Matchbook 2012 Syrah
Mossback 2013 Chardonnay
Sawbuck 2012 Malbec

Haven’t tried one of these yet? Pick it up from our online store.

December 4th, 2014

90-Point Matchbook Wines

by: Senica Gonzalez

2012 Arsonist Chardonnay and 2010 Tinto Rey pull coveted 90-point reviews from Robert Parker

It’s been a good year for the Matchbook family. A very good year. The kind of year in which our wines land among California’s Best Values in The Wine Advocate, and Robert Parker comments on head winemaker Dan Cederquist for his “Midas touch for turning out high-quality wines at realistic prices.” Take a look at what the tastemakers have to say about two of our favorite wines:

Matchbook 2012 The Arsonist Chardonnay
90 points – The Wine Advocate

Arsonist 90 Robert Parker

“One of the super-values in the marketplace. There are only 1,700 cases of this beauty. Copious notes of crisp honeysuckle, pineapple, white peach and cartelized pears are followed by a medium-bodied, surprisingly rich, concentrated, pure wine with zesty acids buttressing its intensity.”
-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Matchbook 2010 Tinto Rey
90 points – The Wine Advocate, 89 points – Wine Enthusiast

“This winery hit a bull’s eye with their 2010 Tinto Rey (…), a proprietary red blend of 49% Tempranillo, 27% Syrah, 15% Graciano, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Tannat. This seriously endowed red spent 26 months in a combination of American, French and Hungarian oak. A beauty, it exhibits notes of new saddle leather, unsmoked cigar tobacco, licorice, black cherries and blackcurrants as well as a medium-bodied, lusciously fruity, sensual, opulent personality. This medium to full-bodied, gorgeous wine should drink well for several years.”
-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

August 28th, 2014

Love this label design

by: Lane Giguiere

Our 2012 Matchbook Arsonist was featured and recommended in Benito’s Wine Reviews on August 28:

I love this label design, though it pains me that it might be misunderstood. The winery does not endorse arson, but rather their concept is an homage to the Titan Prometheus who stole fire from Mount Olympus and gave it to humanity, allowing them to begin forging metal and, more importantly, enjoying a weekend barbecue. 


2012 Matchbook The Arsonist
98% Matchbook Vineyards, Dunnigan Hills; 2% Aquarius Vineyard, Russian River Valley
100% Chardonnay
$22, 14.3% abv.

Ripe and peachy with a bold body and a round mouthfeel. Balanced acidity and a gentle finish. As it warms, you get light touches of vanilla and oak on the nose. Yes, it’s summer here in Memphis and I proudly enjoyed this wine with fried chicken, which was delicious. As the season winds down, consider this for your picnics and other informal gatherings where you want a crowd pleaser that will go great with casual fare.

Read the entire review here

August 21st, 2014

Arsonist provides a spark

by: Lane Giguiere

The Wine Trail Traveler featured our 2012 Matchbook Arsonist Chardonnay in their August 21 blog:

Matchbook The Arsonist Chardonnay Provides a Spark


“The Crew Wine Company crafts a Chardonnay that is a very food friendly Chardonnay. The 2012 Matchbook The Arsonist Chardonnay, Dunnigan Hills AVA in Yolo County is a light gold translucent color. The aromas and flavors reminded me of caramel, pears, apples, butter and a hint of slate. The reserve wine is made from the best barrels of wine with Dunnigan Hills AVA fruit. The 14.3% alcohol wine is full-bodied with medium-high acidity. The dry wine is perfect to pair with food especially risotto. For the adventurous, the wine would make a good ingredient in many recipes that call for white wine especially Chardonnay. The wine can also hold it own as an aperitif especially served chilled on a hot summer day. The wines retails for $21.99.”

Read the entire article here.