Hot News Blog – Matchbook Wines

Hot News Blog

Read the lastest news about our wines and winery!

November 15th, 2019

Holiday Wine Cork Crafts by the Matchbook Crew!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Put on some Christmas music, fill your mug with Mulled Wine, grab a glue gun and some Matchbook corks – it’s crafter-noon!

Check out the Matchbook crew’s favorite cork crafts for the holiday season.

Cork Tree by Tasting Room Manager, Maureen H.

  • Supplies: corks, Styrofoam or cardboard cone, hot glue, ribbon, and assorted mini ornaments.
  • Directions: Start by gluing corks at the base of the foam tower and work your way to the top. Finish by decorating with ribbon and mini ornaments.

Snowman Wine Charms by Tasting Room Manager, Maureen H.

  • Supplies: wine corks, puff paint, twine, ribbon & jewelry screw eye pins.
  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


November 6th, 2019

It’s Soup Season

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Matchbook Picnicking Guide: Tip #2

We’ve partnered with our friends at A Well Stocked Home and Greg Chapman, our in-house foodie and Tasting Room associate, to bring you a series of picnicking tipsThis month we are celebrating SOUP Season!

Fill a thermos with a hearty soup, stew or chili such as butternut squash soup or spicy turkey chili. Baguettes and crackers are easy to travel with – serve alongside your soup. Our go-to is a bowl of Aush Soup from House of Shah! This delicious, tomato-based soup is full of flavor. Made with noodles, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, dill, mint, yogurt and seasoned ground beef, it pairs perfectly with our Tinto Rey Verdejo.

Picnic doesn’t always mean paper! Owners of A Well Stocked Home, Rosemarie and Kelly, encourage you to ditch the paper plates and opt for a decorative ceramic bowl and a wooden serving spoon. Their store lives up to its name and is chock full of beautiful and unique items to personalize your picnic!

Perfect Pairings:

Stay tuned for more Matchbook Picnicking tips!


Visit the Matchbook Tasting Room daily from 11am-4:30pm and enjoy a picnic on our beautiful patio with a vineyard view.

Our partners:

A Well Stocked Home is a home & lifestyle store focused on unique decor, kitchen and bar essentials and more. Located in charming downtown Woodland at 412 First Street. For more info visit www.awellstockedhome.com or follow on Instagram or Facebook.

Mention Matchbook and use discount code: AWSH10 (pronounced “A WASH”) to receive a 10% discount when shopping at A Well Stocked Home.

House of Shah is a fast-casual, modern urban Afghani eatery located at 538 Main Street in Historic Downtown Woodland. Serving Halal kabobs, burgers, and rice dishes. For more info visit www.houseofshah.com or follow on Instagram or Facebook.


October 24th, 2019

Charcuterie is EASY!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Matchbook Picnicking Guide: Tip #1

We’ve partnered with our friends at A Well Stocked Home and Greg Chapman, our in-house foodie and Tasting Room associate, to bring you a series of picnicking tipsOur first tip is all about charcuterie!

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 accoutrements 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 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 – all available at A Well Stocked Home, located in the heart of Historic Downtown Woodand!

Click on images to enlarge.

Perfect Pairings:

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.

A Well Stocked Home is a home & lifestyle store focused on unique decor, kitchen and bar essentials and more. Located in charming downtown Woodland at 412 First Street. For more info visit www.awellstockedhome.com or follow on Instagram or Facebook.

Mention Matchbook and use discount code: AWSH10 (pronounced “A WASH”) to receive a 10% discount when shopping at A Well Stocked Home.

 


October 15th, 2019

High Fives with The Matchbook Tasting Room Staff

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

This month the Matchbook Tasting Room will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary. Continuing with our theme of 5’s – we asked 5 members of our Tasting Room 5 questions. Here’s what they said …

1. Can you describe your favorite Matchbook wine in 5 words? Extra points for rhyming.

  • Maureen: “Pink, peach, crisp, all day!” (Tinto Rey Rosé)
  • Kendall: “Sunset, boyfriend, content, toasted, bread.” (Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay)
  • Greg: “Leather, pepper, cherry, gunsmoke, cassis.” (Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Wendy: “Red, bold, dry, smoky, smooth.” (Matchbook Petit Verdot)
  • Anna: “Buttery, oaky, a little smoky.” *Extra points for rhyming! (The Arsonist Chardonnay)

2. Are you a fan of high 5’s? Yay or nay? If nay, what do you prefer?

  • Maureen: “Yay!”
  • Kendall: “Nay, I’ll take a 5 dollar bill :)”
  • Greg: “Nay, I like a simple handshake and great wine conversation.”
  • Wendy: “Yay, that would be ok.”
  • Anna: “Yay!”

3. Quick – there’s a zombie apocalypse and they are coming towards the tasting room! You have time to grab 5 things, what do you go for?

  • Maureen:“Cash drawer, 2 glasses, Greg to hold the door open and out I go with a pallet of wine!”
  • Kendall: “Money, Old Head Chardonnay, wine glass charms, a bottle opener, and golf cart keys!”
  • Greg: “Magnum of Mossback Cab, a bottle opener, wine glass, my keys, and my sunglasses.”
  • Wendy: “Cash drawer, computer, rosé shirts, my purse, and some Petit Verdot.”
  • Anna: “The wine club pick-up list, the wine club update list, any new wine club sign up forms, a bottle opener and a bottle of  The Arsonist Chardonnay!”

4. You and 4 tasting room staffers form a band, what’s your band name?

  • Maureen: “Hide the Wine!” – new country band
  • Kendall: “Pour Choices” – electronica
  • Greg: “Drunk by Noon!” – big band jazz
  • Wendy: The Bad Matches” – punk rock!
  • Anna: “The Soft Tannins” – an indie band

5. Name 5 things you can’t live without?

  • Maureen: “My kids, snack foods, Coca-Cola, sweatpants, and wine!”
  • Kendall: “Coffee, chocolate, sushi, the gym, and Netflix.”
  • Greg: “My wife, my dogs, my energy drinks, good food, and good wine.”
  • Wendy: “Water, nature, love, respect, and meds. (For fun: shoes, nachos, jackets, bloody marys and dill pickles.)”
  • Anna: “Friends, family, a good view, food, and Matchbook wines!”

Discover our Tasting Room’s Top 5 Selling Wines! Click here.


October 15th, 2019

5 Years, Top 5 Wines!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

In honor of celebrating our Tasting Room’s 5th Anniversary – we ran the numbers to find out our Top 5 Selling Wines!

“I’m so excited to celebrate such a BIG milestone with Matchbook! In the year that I’ve been serving customers, I’ve met people that have been following us from the start as well as brand new customers that I’ve grown to love! I can’t wait to toast another year at our Anniversary Party!” – Maureen Henderson, Tasting Room Manager

2018 Tinto Rey
Estate Bottled
Rosé

Fresh and delicious, this pretty wine has a depth of flavor that makes it the most popular Rosé all year long .
Hip, hip hooray, give me Rosé! »  

 

 

 

2017 Matchbook
Estate Bottled
Petite Sirah

This is the definition of a fun red wine. Dense, rich and luscious with a hint of sweet fruit to liven things up.
I’m the life of the party! »  

 

 

2018 Chasing Venus
Marlborough, New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc

Everything a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc should have: vibrant, mouthwatering flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and lime zest. Cheers, let’s celebrate! »  

 

 

 

2017 Tinto Rey
Estate Bottled
Verdejo

Delightful flavors of stone fruit and citrus pair well with al fresco dining with good friends.
Yum, better than cake! »  

 

 

 

2016 The Arsonist
Red Blend

A robust and refined blend of all the powerhouse reds: Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Power and grace in a bottle.
Forget the presents, give me the wine!»

 

Honorary Mention: Have you tried this 90-point national best seller?

Check out last year’s fab four, click here!