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October 12th, 2018

Happy Farmer’s Day! Plus, Photos from The Archives!

by: Virginia Sandfer
Left Picture: R.H. Phillips (Grandfather of John & Karl Giguiere), Uncle Bill, Uncle Bob, Uncle Boyd • Right Polaroid: John & Karl Giguiere circa 1976

Today we celebrate National Farmer’s Day – a day to recognize and thank all farmers; we’d like to thank our wine grape farmers in particular!

The Giguiere family has a strong, storied tradition of farming out here in the Dunnigan Hills, which is why we hold agriculture in the wine business in high regard. Over the years, we’ve formed strong relationships with the best farmers in the Russian River Valley and beyond.

The term MOSSBACK is an old-time expression for farmers, folks who are both connected to their roots and to the land. Our Mossback label conjures images of the mossy stones, trees trunks and end posts so prevalent in California’s cool coastal regions, home to some of the most renowned grape growers in the world. These wines are a nod to those men and women, who understand more than anyone the delicate relationship between vine, climate and soil. Cheers to the Ag Community and All Our Beloved Farmers!

Support a Farmer & Shop Mossback Wines!

 

September 21st, 2018

Introducing Matchbook 2016 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah

by: Virginia Sandfer

“Petite Sirah requires a dry climate and some heat to fully ripen, making it a great match for the Dunnigan Hills. It retains tons of acid and has a long ripening life allowing excellent hang time well into the fall. This allows for wines with great age ability.”

–Greg Giguiere, Director of Vineyard Operations

Matchbook is proud to announce a NEW varietal dressed in a newly designed label. Our inaugural release of 2016 Matchbook Estate Bottled Petite Sirah is everything you expect from this maverick red: rustic, rugged and a little sassy.

Petite Sirah: 8 Fun Facts

  1. Unique as a stand-alone varietal, Petite Sirah is important world-wide in warm growing regions because of its need for some heat and a dry climate to ripen fully
  2. Created by botanist Francois Durif in Montpellier, France around 1880 by crossing Syrah and Peloursin, and named the varietal after himself
  3. Imported into California by Charles McIver in the mid-1880s and renamed Petite Sirah
  4. Arguably one of two California heritage varietals along with Zinfandel
  5. Thrives in Dunnigan Hills climate – P.S. (Petite Sirah) We Love You
  6. Valued for its tannins, good acidity, deep color and distinctive flavor
  7. Appealing flavors and aromas of sugar plum, blueberry, violets, dark chocolate, black pepper and black tea
  8. Oak aging layers in flavors of hazelnut, vanilla and mocha

 

“Our Pets are incredibly rich and flavorful. They have power, force and great intensity.” –Dan Cederquist, Head Winemaker

To get a bottle visit our tasting room. Click here to visit our online wine store!

 

 

 

September 20th, 2018

NEW RELEASE: 2018 Chasing Venus Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

by: Virginia Sandfer

We’re proud to announce the release of our 2018 Chasing Venus Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with intense flavors of lychee, citrus and starfruit. The bright lime-zest finish is both crisp and lingering. Pairs perfectly with shell fish, sushi, vegetable pasta or a fresh garden salad.

Coming soon to our wine store!

About the Wine

The moment the bottle is opened there is no doubt that this is a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The 2018 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc is produced from grapes grown on small family farms in the acclaimed Marlborough appellation. The McLean vineyard is located in the heart of the appellation where the free-draining alluvial soils contribute the mango and ripe green aromas, while the Comely Bank fruit is all about citrus and zest.

 In 1769, Captain Cook took command of the HMS Endeavor, setting sail for the Pacific to study the passage of the planet Venus across the disc of the Sun. Little did the world know, this was a ruse for Cook’s true objective: He’d been commissioned by the British to find the mysterious and elusive “Southern Continent.” On this voyage, Cook became the first European to explore New Zealand, and he did eventually find Australia. Quite the accomplishment for a captain who was just out Chasing Venus.

September 17th, 2018

Lamb Sliders with Bruschetta & Arugula Recipe

by: Jenna Wirkner

For our latest Matchbook Wine Club recipe, we pair grilled Lamb Sliders with the inaugural release of our Matchbook 2016 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah. This is a go-to recipe for a casual BBQ with friends or a quick dinner at home, serve as a stand-alone or alongside your favorite potato salad.

“The Petite Sirah is a big wine that pairs perfectly with lamb sliders. A sip of Petite Sirah brings out the gaminess of the lamb, without overpowering it. It’s superb!” says our in-house taste tester Ken Lazzaroni.

Our Petite Sirah has everything you would expect from this intensely flavored grape: bold flavors, firm tannins and a lingering dark berry finish. This rustic wine calls for full-flavored fare like strong cheeses, earthy mushrooms or juicy lamb sliders.

Matchbook Wine Club members will get the first taste of our newly released Matchbook 2016 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah in this month’s Wine Club Trio.

Available now in our tasting room and online wine store – click here to buy!

RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs lean ground lamb (we love local lamb!)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ground fennel seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
  •  1 tablespoon olive oil (we love California olive oil)
  • 1 cup bruschetta (make your own or purchase pre-made)
  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • 10 thinly sliced small squares of Havarti cheese
  • 10 brioche slider buns toasted with butter

Instructions:

  • Combine lamb, garlic, herbs, spices and oil.
  • Form mixture into 10 small patties.
  • Grill patties for 3 minutes on each side over medium heat. Top with cheese and cook until cheese is melted. Place patty on toasted bun, top with bruschetta and arugula.
  •  Enjoy! Pairs beautifully with Estate Bottled Matchbook Petite Sirah.

Makes:

10 sliders | Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cheers!
Jenna Wirkner
Tasting Room Manager

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