It’s International Tempranillo Day! We’re celebrating with a SALE. Enjoy two of our bold, Spanish-style reds at a special price today (11/12/2020) only!
Tempranillo is a grape indigenous to Spain and used in the great Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines, you can find it planted in 500,000 acres of the world’s vineyards, making it the fourth most planted wine grape, and that would be enough reason to celebrate.
Until recently, the entire acreage was almost all grown in Spain. This noble grape is rapidly spreading, creating excitement and a spirit of cooperation among adventurous vintners bringing this Old World variety to New World soils. Tempranillo today is grown in many countries including our very own Dunnigan Hills. And that’s why The Tapa Society (Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society) established this yearly celebration – International Tempranillo Day. (via Tapa Society)
Tinto Rey Estate Bottled Tempranillo
SALE: $13 • Regular: $15.99
Spain meets California in our Tinto Rey Tempranillo. Spicy old-world flavors play nicely with the bright juiciness of Dunnigan Hills fruit. Buy Now »
Tinto Rey Estate Bottled Super Tinto Red Blend
SALE: $16 • Regular: $21.99
We chose the most flavorful lots of Estate Grown Tempranillo, Graciano, Tannat and Petit Verdot to create this unique Dunnigan Hills blend. There is a lot going on in this complex red with flavors that keep unfolding with each sip. Buy Now »
The 2017 Tinto Rey Rosé is an estate bottled blend of Tempranillo, Tannat and Verdejo. The color is a beautiful rose petal pink with alluring aromas of perfume, watermelon and white nectarine that just beg you to take a sip. Fresh stone fruit flavors on the palate are balanced by crisp acidity. Pleasing flavors of white peach and Rainier cherry lead to a delightfully long finish with just a hint of peach pit.
A perfect way to toast the holidays or bring in the new year. Purchase online or in the tasting room today!
Our 2014 Tinto Rey Super Tinto Red Blend received 90 POINTS in Wine Enthusiast’s April 2017 issue. The review highlights the wine’s “Deep color, bold fruit aromas and substantial, spicy flavors.” Please click here for the full review or click here to purchase a bottle.
Wine Enthusiast will highlight our 2015 Estate Bottled Tinto Rey Verdejo in the March 2017 issue. The review calls out the wine’s “delicate floral aromas and tangy white-cherry flavors” – Yum! Order a bottle today from our web store by clicking here.
Lauren King captured the innovative spirit of the Matchbook story in her August 23, 2016, feature in the Daily Democrat:
A Yolo County winery is blazing a new path in an industry from an unlikely vantage point.
John and Lane Giguiere began Matchbook Wine Company in the Dunnigan Hills to bring great wine and reputation to the region.
The couple met and fell in love at Woodland High School and after college, they joined John’s brother in taking over the family farm.
“I studied psychology in college and it didn’t seem very relevant. Everything was theoretical, nothing real. Putting a seed in the ground and seeing it come out of the ground and grow, that was real,” said John of his decision to move back to the family home.
At first, the couple tried their hand at the traditional trades of the area — dry grains and sheep. When that didn’t work, they tried planting beans, corn, and other irrigated crops. The couple could still not make ends meet.
“In a last ditch effort, we planted 10 acres of grapes to sell to other wineries. We ended up not selling them and instead hired a grad student out of UC Davis to make wine for us. That worked,” recalled Lane.
In the first year, they sold 4,000 cases of wine. In the next year, that number would grow to 40,000 and to 150,000 in the next.